With his diverse musical taste and strong work ethic, James Darkin is one of the most exciting of Ireland’s new generation of producers and engineers. Widely respected from his role as Head Engineer of Temple Lane Recording Studios, James has racked up sessions with Kanye West, Will.i.am and Rihanna, for her vocal's on Eminem's ‘Love The Way You Lie’, as well as mixing for Hozier, Gavin James and The Funeral Suits, and remixes for Bantum, Katie Kim, and RSAG. He is currently signed with Tremolo Music Publishing.
James cut his teeth as an assistant engineer at Temple Lane Recording Studios in Dublin, working alongside influential producers Michael Beinhorn, Stephen Street and John Cornfield before moving through the ranks to Head Engineer and helming sessions for Will.i.am, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Sinead O’Connor.
He has produced Irish albums for Propeller Palms, Seo Linn and Wound's debut ‘Die Young’, and engineered the critically acclaimed album ‘DarmaDuman’ from Turkish rock giants Duman, which spent several weeks on top of their national charts.
James recently released his debut original album, 'Go No Matter What’, described by influential RTE 2FM DJ Dan Hegarty as “one of the albums of the year”.
2017 has so far seen him form a new studio partnership at Herbert Place Studios with renowned Muse live engineer Marc Carolan, where he has engineered sessions for Gavin James, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh of The Gloaming and the new SOMA Live Sessions featuring WOLFF.