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SF Bay Area native, Darren M. Cutlip, under the name Dabecy, began creating avant-garde music and sound art in 1987, at the age of 16. Influenced and inspired by acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk, Coil, Throbbing Gristle and Nurse With Wound, Darren began self-releasing his recordings on cassette. Later, backed by legendary SF noise pioneer Elden M, who is most noted for his Allegory Chapel releases, Darren won acclaim for several successful releases.
Prized as much for the sophisticated music and atmospheres as for the unique and creative packaging of his releases, Darren soon found himself sharing an audience with seminal noise act The Haters.
In the early 90’s, after being exposed to clubs and raves such as Big Heart City, Toon Town, Mr. Floppy’s Flophouse, and later, parties such as Come-Unity, A Rave Called Sharon and The Gathering, Darren became hooked on house, acid house, and techno. When he heard the track LFO by LFO on WARP Records at Mr. Floppy’s Flophouse he was completely blown away. That moment was the catalyst for him to reinvent his sound, using the famous Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines and the inimitable TB-303 bassline synthesizer.
Meeting Adam Douglas of SF-based Acid House group 303 Terrorists led to Darren submitting a demo to San Francisco’s Flask Records - a division of pioneering ambient label Silent Records.
In 1993, electronic composer Kim Cascone, then head of Silent, impressed with the demo, signed Darren and promptly placed him in several compilations. Cascone also produced Darren’s first full-length release, “Logarithmic”, under the moniker Dreams Without Number. “Logarithmic” landed in the Top 10 on London’s KISS FM ambient chart, alongside acts such as the Orb and Future Sound of London.
Throughout the mid to late 90’s Darren developed his live performances, and became a fixture at many underground raves and parties in the Bay Area. In the late 90‘s, Darren was the first electronic act to play the famous San Francisco jazz club, Cafe du Nord.
In 1999 Darren released “Autacoid” on Solid Grooves Records, sharing the Trax Cafe compilation imprint with a select group of the Bay Area’s top electronic talent, including techno legends Kit Clayton and Chris Jackson, prolific artist Lucas Rodenbush, DoBox label head Derrick Scott, and many others.
After a needed break from the demands of the nightlife scene, Darren reemerged in December of 2008, creating the popular ELECTRONIC MUSIC BEARS (EMB) Facebook group and podcast.
EMB features DJ talent from around the world each week, and strives to represent the spectrum of electronic music. EMB also maintains a weekly event calendar highlighting SF Bay Area electronic club/music events.