Welcome to my web site

Hi, I'm Darren and welcome to my little bit of cyberspace. This place is very new, so please bear with me while I sort out the content; but for now there is some stuff about my car and some of my photographs that may keep you amused for a few minutes.

About Me

I've never been too crazy about writing about myself, I'm just not a self-important/promoting person at all, but here's some basic info about me.

Fun Stuff

I'm 37 years old and live in Portsmouth with my wonderful Fiancée Maddie.

I have quite a few interests and hobbies. I enjoy Photography and have posted some of my pictures in the Photography section of this site. I'm still very much learning but it's fun and not very time consuming. I'm also just getting started in tinkering with electronics. I've got a couple of projects in mind and will make a little section on the site for them when they get fleshed out a bit more.

The Chevy

I've always loved American cars since I was a kid, especially the sound of an unrestricted V8, and finally I am living that dream with my Chevy Nova. There's a whole section on the Chevy with plenty of pics, so please feel free to browse.

Music

I'm sure there are a lot of people who love music, and I'm another of them. I'm mainly into rock and have played in a few bands too.

Little London

Little London was the last band I was in, as Bass player and backing vocalist, and certainly the most successful. I was in the band for about 2 1/2 years and in that short time we played the world famous Sonisphere festival twice, the first year supporting Metallica and Alice Cooper the second. We put a lot of work in to recording an album, but unfortunately it never made the light of day, and shortly after Sonisphere 2010 Little London was put to rest. Massive shame as we were starting to get some interest in the right places.

Mister Doom

I was the vocalist and Guitar player in Mister Doom for about 3-4 years. We were a heavy rock 3 piece, inspired by bands like Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity, and Clutch; born from the ashes of the band Repeat Until Death. We had a pretty good local following and put out 2 DIY recordings. Our best moment was probably supporting Orange Goblin and the Filth Trinity shows (Mister Doom, Little London, and Dragon Eye Morrison), though we had many good moment in that band. Matt Kirton, Bassist & Vocalist with Mister Doom, now lives in Germany and plays in the band Roomers.

Repeat Until Death

Repeat Until Death was the joining of 2 bands that had played together, had mutual respect and were both in transitional phases, Cerberus (who will be discussed shortly) & Seminal Hatred (a brutal Fear Factory-esque outfit). Repeat Until Death wrote some truly epic songs that pushed the band musically, taking the influences from our earlier bands and throwing in a touch of Sabbath and a sprinkling of Devin Townsend. The unfortunate part about Repeat Until Death is that no gigs were played, we did record a 4 track demo, which listening back was a little ropey at times, but if the band had been able to develop over time it would have been excellent.

Cerberus

Cerberus was the first band I was in, this was in the heyday of NuMetal so we played down tuned to Drop-B, something that didn't change until Mister Doom which was mainly in Drop-C. I was the Guitarist and backing vocalist, and we spent a fair few evenings trying to blow the windows out of the Horseshoe with out amplifiers, at one stage we had our own lighting rig and smoke machine that we stuck in there, this was the mecca of DIY gigs in Portsmouth. We played mainly at the Horseshoe and the wedgewood rooms (back when you had to earn your stripes to play there), but never got anything recorded. It was a great band, always fun, and a great starting point.

Work

I thought it would be a good idea to include a section about work, just in case people art trying to find me from an old job.

Your Brand Image: 2007 - Now

I currently work at Your Brand Image (previously known as The Sign Source) as a Graphics Technician. My main duties involve designing signage and taking care of the digital print side, including maintaining the printer and laminator, keeping tabs on the ink and stock levels, and making sure everything is printed and laminated ready for fitting.

Xerox: 2002 - 2007

At Xerox I was a mailer machine operator, though spent just as much time fixing it as I did running it, the amount of cash I must have saves that company in service guy fees must be staggering!

Futuremedia plc: 1997 - 2001

At Futuremedia, I was a developer on the Solstra & EasyCanDo products, coding mainly in Java and HTML. The Solstra product in its-self was a pretty big deal, it was made in partnership with BT and was installed in Ford and was the first AICC compliant Learning Management System. EasyCanDo was a child of Solstra, aimed at the web rather than internal to corporates. I was also a part of the team that created a custom version of EasyCanDo for the Portuguese telecoms company Sapo.

Edjukashon

Thought I'd include a little secion about education, for the same reasons as the work section.

Fareham College: 1994-1996

At Fareham College I completed an Advanced Enhanced GNVQ in Information Technology

Skool

I was at the following schools: