Saturday, 01 January 2011 17:06

Dark By Design - Deep in demand

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He is one of the most influential producers in the modern day hard dance scene and one of its biggest characters. Original and distinctive in style, he’s not only created his own niche in the scene but is also the brains and studio muscle behind releases that have been big hits for the likes of Alex Kidd and Steve Hill.  Family and friends call him Gaz, but he’s more commonly known as Mr Dark by Design.

Having made his name writing UK and European hard trance, including huge anthems such as ‘Never Sever’ which he produced for Tranzaction head honcho Avaline, his own ‘Blackout’ and countless crowd favourites with Phil York and Sol Ray, (on a European tip), his popularity increased through the creation of hardstyle and the crazy trend-setting ‘Schranz’ tracks he would go on to produce.

His all round favourable reputation was cemented by winning several awards for his production skills at the hard dance awards.

Not being one to stand still, Gaz’s ambitious nature and love for writing music has seen him return to the big hard trance sound with of course, a Dark by Design twist.  This, he states, is his main focus. With many solo projects and collaborations with some of the scenes top players in progress, Gaz has also been signed up by the all-new Twisted Artists agency. The end of 2010 will see Gaz perform in Sweden , Canada and Scotland alongside big gigs in England that include ‘Goodgreef’ and ‘Premonition’ on New Year’s Eve.

An avid globe-trotter, Dark by Design has graced the turntables in many countries across the world including countless trips to Australia, Russia and Ireland. His favourite however, would be the land of the rising sun, Japan - a place he had always wanted to visit and was the most excited about of all his planetary movements.

Still one of the most in demand DJ’s and engineers around, with countless non-producing household names within the scene seeking out his studio skills, Gaz West still plays a huge roll in today’s dance scene. Not bad for a man who is yet to hit his 30th birthday!

Away from being DBD Gaz is a huge mixed martial arts fan, with Brazilian cage fighting legend Wanderlei Silva being his hero! His ‘dark’ persona is established by the fact that he loves horror movies and most kinds of dark, heavy and twisted music.

If you see Gaz out and about this winter: check out his set, say hello and tell him you read about him in Core. Do not believe the rumours, he doesn’t bite!

For DARK BY DESIGN bookings contact via: or +44 (0) 772 080 9434 (Al)

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Chuck-E is 1 half of the UK's number one hard trance team alongside Jon the Baptist. He is the co owner of Intolerance Recordings, which is one of the very best chart topping European hard trance label's from within the UK. He was a part of the hugely successfully 'Future Sound Corporation' imprint (Italy) and is also signed to Bionic digital (UK).


JTB & Chuck-E have worked and sold records all over the world. Here in the UK, they have been a regular at many of the countries biggest events including Bionic, Frantic, Slammin Vinyl's Westfest, Sanctuary Festival, Hardcore weekender, and Pulse. As well as touring Australis twice, conquering Ireland and Scotland many times, plus visit-is to Norway, Denmark and Holland.



Here at core, Chuck-E has interviewed some of the most respected names in hard trance including the legendary DJ Scot Project, and one of the scenes rising talents, DJ Space Raven from France.




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