ACTRESS


Artist


TECHNO

With electronic music currently at the most fertile it’s been for years, new sub-genres are emerging quicker than ever before with artists constantly redefining people’s expectations. One artist who has made being indefinable his mission statement is Actress, aka Darren Cunningham, who, by carefully drawing on the best elements of a variety of styles of music, has created a sound that truly transcends all current genres.

Actress is part of a movement of producers and DJs that look to fuse elements of techno, house and dubstep. After four years of promoting nights with Gavin Wealev, Cunningham’s passion for music drove him to establishing his own label, Werk Disc, in 2004. In the years since its inception, Werk Disc has developed a roster of some of the most interesting electronic artists to date, including Zomby, Lone and Lukid.

Actress’s 2008 debut album Hazyville was a collection of songs put together over five years, combining the darker elements of house and techno with the sounds of urban London. Though independently released on Werk Disc, the album caused quite a stir and was hailed as an underground gem by radio and press.

Further releases from the label have included Where Were U in ’92?, the debut album by the elusive Zomby which was a modern tribute to the hardcore scene of the early ’90s. Such releases have helped the label to become recognised has been a catalyst for breaking artists such as Lone and Lukid, who have both released successful albums on the label.

Actress’s follow up album Splazsh was released early in 2010 on Honest Jons Records, and was well received by press and radio. Cunningham himself describes the album as “concrete R&B,” and skilfully draws on influences from techno, house and dubstep. Since its release he has toured constantly across Europe and the USA headlining numerous club nights and events.

2010 drew to wonderful close for Cunningham, with Splazsh included in many influential ‘Record Of The Year’ charts, topping The Wire magazine list and coming in the top five for website magazines Resident Advisor, Fact Mag and Drowned In Sound.

In 2012, Actress returns to our stereos with the stunning album RIP, again on Honest Jons, and again released to huge critical acclaim. Darren has also worked with Honest Jons founder Damon Albarn on his DRC Music charity project for people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as being invited by the Tate Modern to provide a soundtrack to thier Yayoi Kusama exhibition, which he performed live in the Tate's famous Turbine Hall.

Actress is staying busy in 2012 with a number of collaborations with visual artists as part of his Werk Haus project as well as playing festivals across the world, including his first US appearances for a long time in New York and at Detroit's Movement Festival.