By Manta Klangboonkrong
Darren Emerson returns to Thailand to watch some trains
A hiphop spinner in his early teens, Darren Emerson rode the house wave to the top of Britains DJ popularity contests.
In 1993 he joined Rick Smith and Karl Hydes progressiveelectronic outfit Underworld and helped generate hits like Born Slippy, Dark and Long, Dirty Epics and Push Upstairs for the soundtrack to the film Trainspotting.
Emerson went solo in 2000, focusing on his label Global Underground, and became one of the scenes most talented producers and remixers, working for the Chemical Brothers, Bjork and Everything But the Girl.
Now hes got a twohour set ready for Bangkok, and here he is talking to Daily Xpress.
We love to interrupt. What are we interrupting?
Things are pretty manic at the moment. Ive just put out my first track in a long time, Crash Jack, and started a new liveband project with Jamie Cullum and his brother Benthat.
And Ive just signed up to do two new Global Underground albums, as well as all the usual touring and DJing.
Youre in global demand. Is it hard to keep up with different cultures?
The trick is, dont try. I just turn up and do my thing and hope people like it.
Do people still expect you to play something from Underworld?
Of course, and Im happy to do it. Those are songs I wrote and produced, and Im really proud of them.
The fact that people still want to hear them almost eight years after I left the group is a testament to the quality of work we did as a band.
Congratulations on being a dad! Hows that going?
I just dont sleep! My sons only three months old, so sleep is temporarily a thing of the past. But hes amazing, so Im not complaining.
Father in the hood
Darren Emerson performs tomorrow at 9 at Twisted Republic on Sukhumvit Soi 11 near the Nana Skytrain station.
The Bt800 admission buys you a drink for each hand. Call (02) 651 0800 or got to www.TwistedRepublic.com.