Around 1999, Dark By Design aka Gaz west was introduced to the world of trance, harddance and the debauchery of clubland. Gaz spent every weekend dancing his ass, lapping up the fresh sounds and partying hard at the super clubs of the day such as 'Gatecrasher' and 'Godskitchen'. I wasn't long before gaz had higher ambitions than being just a clubber and was trying his hand at producing. Come 2002 his first 12' vinyl entitled 'whacked' was released on a small independent label called 'rated records'. Dark By Design had been born, and after this there was no looking back! It was not long before Dark By Design found himself releasing a constant flow of fresh and ground breaking harddance & hardtrance tracks on the biggest labels of the time such as 'Nukleuz', 'Goodgreef', 'Tranzlation' and 'tidy'.
Dark By Design soon took things one step further and making the obvious step of getting behind the decks and soon found his DJ career kicking off at a rate of knots. DBD (dark by design) was new to the scene but his popularity and rise to the top was happening at a fantastic speed! Dark by design's booking schedule was soon out of hand with DBD smashing up dance floors up down the UK every weekend, with sets which unlike his peers, consisted of 100%25 his own original material! Dark By Design 's live energetic performances meant reputation soon preceded him and bookings soon came in from all corners of the world. Australia, Canada, Japan, Sweden and USA are all regular destinations for the man that is Dark By Design! Along the way gaz further spread the Dark By Design brand with not one but two of his own labels ' Dark By Design Recordings' and ' Dark By Design Breakthru' to keep up with the flow of high quality tracks coming from the DBD studio. The labels have helped set the high standard in the harddance scene of today. Gaz has released dancefloor hit after hit with tracks such as 'Shranz & Tingz', 'Blackout', 'Techno Terror', 'the Rotten Egg', 'Shut The Fuck Up', 'Insomniak' and 'Good Life'. Understandably Dark By Design became a popular choice of not only the clubbers but his peers who were playing his tracks every weekend. DBD soon found himself collaborating and remixing for the biggest names in harddance the likes of Lisa Lashes, Alex Kidd, Amber D, Anne Savage, Organ Donors and Phil York. Gaz's production skills and song writing abilities have also been recognized on countless occasions - not only often receiving national radio attention from BBC Radio 1 but of course gained recognition by picking up the accolade of 'best remixer' at the famous 'harddance awards' a phenomenal five years in a row!
Today Dark By Design is undoubtedly one of the biggest producers and performers in the global harddance / hardtrance scene. Dark by design's CV of festivals is also formidable, playing at some of the biggest and most prestigious festivals across the world. Previous bookings include such as Defqon1 Fesival, Dancevalley Festival, Inqontrol Festival, Qbase Festival, Ground Zero Festival, Coloursfest, Atomik Weekender, Parklife, Planet Love and Creamfields Festival. Dark by design's list of club appearances are even longer. Some notable mentions including the likes of Goodgreef, Hardhouse Academy, HTID, Infexious, Kiddfectious, Ministry of Sound, Raverbaby, Slammin Vinyl and Tidy. In 2011. As well as taking a conscious decision to go back to his roots with hardtrance on the agenda, Gaz also has been successfully experimenting with dubstep and electro / harddance crossover sounds. This year has already seen some phenomenal hardtrance tracks, more show stopping performances all over the globe, and plans have been set in motion for 'blackout 2012' one of the biggest DBD anthems and a world tour kicking off in 2012.