Darren Emerson started his DJ career at the age of 14 and by the age of 16 was dj'ing in night clubs. In 1990 he was introduced to the members of Underworld and joined the band shortly after. He recorded 3 albums with them before leaving in 2000 to focus on his DJ career again. He had founded Underwater Records in 1994 and took the opportunity to concentrate on the label by signing up acts such as Tim Deluxe and Gus Gus. Emerson also released two Global Underground compilations, completed numerous remixes as well as a handful of singles on Underwater. Underwater went on to become a well established brand with highly successful club nights running in Ibiza, London and beyond. The label is now approaching it's 100th release and Emerson continues his unrelenting DJ schedule.
Tim already has a very distinguished career, responsible for co-writing Double 99 by Ripgroove, it's as a solo artist and more specifically with the massive hit It Just Won't Do that Tim made a name for himself. His album The Ginger Club Kid released on Underwater was packed with hits such as We All Love Sax, Mundaya and Choose Something Like A Star. Tim also mixed Underwater Episode 1 alongside Darren Emerson.
Icelandic band Gus Gus signed their fourth studio album Attention to Underwater in 2002. Most renowned from the album was the track David, and in particular the Darren Emerson remix, which along with Tim Deluxe's It Just Won't Do, firmly secured Underwater's place on the independent label spectrum.Other highlights on the album included Call Of The Wild and Desire.
Sharam Jey released numerous singles on the label before releasing his full length album entitled 4 Da Loverz on Underwater in 2005. Highlights included Push Your Body and Feel Nobody. Sharam mixed Underwater Episode 4 alongside Darren Emerson in 2004. Sharam is also co-responsible for one of the biggest remixes of all time, the Three N' One remix of Energy 52 - Cafe Del Mar.
Originally from the UK but settled in NZ, Magik has recently released his double album You Are Sound on Underwater. A cool video clip of his track East West Connection is available, remixes by Crookers and Greg Churchill are too. Dick Johnson has been part of the scene for some years with a whole host of outstanding remixes, the most recent of which is a rework of Darren Emerson's latest single Crash Jack.
Lee Pattison and Grayson Shipley were snapped up by the label a couple of years ago and have been getting bigger and better ever since. Winners of DJ Magazine's Best Breakthrough Act 2007, the pair have now taken their Four Dex N' FX show round the world. True ravers at heart, they are responsible for the massive track Jus Luv Rave and for launching the Underwater Solo compilation series. Expect to hear a lot more from these guys in the next few months...
Jamie McHugh has been an artist to watch out for and now his debut album Mind Games is out on Underwater. The singles H2O and Lunar have found support from the biggest names in the industry including Carl Cox, Sasha and Digweed. The remixes have come courtesy of John Selway, Raudive, James Harcourt and Paul Ritch. Jamie has been a friend of the label for some time and its a pleasure to have him on the roster.
Rune made his debut appearance on the label with a track called Beautiful. The cheeky lyrics "You used to look so beautiful, now you look like shit" are, shall we say, memorable. His follow up tune on Underwater was Day In The Dark, a main room monster that will turn any dancefloor upside down. Rune is also famed for having written the seminal hit "Calabria" which was later to be reworked into Alex Gaudino's Destination Unknown.