Who is this weirdo?
Rock icons such as Kiss, Alice Cooper, Meatloaf, and Queen were superheroes and practically parental figures to an impressionable young Darren Michael Boyd. As a result, he is comfortable playing all kinds of music, and feels at home with a big theatrical show – regardless of the venue size. After years of touring, writing, recording, Darren has developed his own dynamic musical style, along with authenticity and unprecedented professionalism.
The belligerent tone of Darren’s guitar playing pays tribute to the rock monsters he grew up listening to, while quite literally screaming individuality. Ultimately, his priority is always to put the song first!
Darren Michael Boyd has toured and recorded with various artists, including Black Ju-Ju, Creeping Beauty, and Famous Underground (featuring Juno award-winning vocalist Nick Walsh).
He was invited multiple occasions to privately audition for platinum-selling artist Fefe Dobson, and was asked to write songs for Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric’s side band Beasto Blanco.
Darren received a scholarship to attend a week in Toronto in the summer of 2007 at Guitar Workshop Plus, with some of the best players in the business as instructors (Paul Gilbert/Billy Sheehan/Sue Foley).
In the winter of 2019 he was given an honourable mention by ASCAP for his first instrumental release "This song won't get played on the radio"
He has shared the stage with many classic and current acts such as One-Eyed Doll, Wednesday 13, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stryper, Stitched Up Heart, Beasto Blanco, and Lee Aaron, to name a few.
Darren released his debut instrumental album entitled "Lifting the Curse" in the fall of 2019. It was recorded and produced by Darren Michael Boyd, who performed all of the instruments on the album, except on the track "Was is something I said" which features drums by Emily Dolan Davies (The Darkness, Kim Wilde) on the track "Was is something I said".
LIFTING THE CURSE in the news!
He brought his instrumental project to the stage for the first time in May of 2019.
In the spring of 2019 he joined the Mississippi Mudds Theatre Group to play guitar for a sold out run of Queens We Will Rock You, and hopes to do a lot more musical theatre in the future.
In the spring of 2020 he was voted best local musician, and best guitar teacher, in the Ottawa Valley/North Grenville Readers Choice Awards.
Darren was nominated for BEST ROCK ARTIST by the Josie Music Awards, the largest independent music awards show in the world - held at Dollywood in Tennessee!
Creeping Beauty has just finished recording a new single which is expected to be released early in the new year, and Darren also recently completed studio recording for a new Famous Underground release.
During the 2020 Covid Pandemic period, he has been hard at work writing and producing the follow-up instrumental album to Lifting the Curse called Wonders of the Invisible World - Available Oct 29/2020!
The objective for Darren Michael Boyd has always been the same: play loud, be seen, and be heard. With that motto in mind, he is always creating, performing, and looking forward to being part of the next musical team that he can contribute to - and proceed to tear the world a new one…