Grammy Nominated, Darren Heelis is a Mixer, Engineer, Producer / Programmer based in West London. Darren got his first break as an intern working at Livingston Studios where he shadowed multi Grammy winning Engineer, Jerry Boys.
Following the internship, Darren moved onto The Pierce Rooms in Hammersmith as well as the all analogue studio, Gizzard Recordings.
With his primary interest being mixing, Darren chose to concentrate on pursuing a career at The Pierce Rooms, which at the time was used by Steve Fitzmaurice, Tom Elmhirst and Jason Cox.
As Steve Fitzmaurice became the main client at The Pierce Rooms, Darren became his regular assistant and soon progressed to becoming a programmer and engineer Steve could rely on.
In 2013 Darren went freelance from the Pierce Rooms, but continued to work with Steve. It was around this time he was approached to work with Morcheeba after he and Steve had made Skye Edwards’ third solo album (Back To Now). Darren was initially engaged to record vocals and edit tracks, but after spending a few weeks in France with Paul Godfrey, the pair clicked and ended up mixing the whole record together.
Later that same year Darren travelled to India to work on ‘Coke Studios @ MTV Season 3’ and mixed Papon’s episode, which has since racked up over 16.5 million youtube views and won a GIMA (Global Indian Music Academy) Award in 2015 for Best Pop Album.
Darren also mixed ‘Nirvana’ on Sam Smith’s debut release as well as many of Sam’s VEVO Stripped recordings. He then went onto record some vocals and do additional engineering and programming on Sam’s debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’, for which he was nominated for a Grammy at the 2015 awards. In 2017 Darren started work on Sam Smith’s sophomore album (The Thrill Of It All). The album and went straight to number 1 in the UK simultaneously in USA, earning Darren his first US Number 1 album as an engineer.
Recent projects include Liam Payne, Sam Smith, Cloves, Louis Berry, Rag’n’Bone Man, Morcheeba, JP Cooper as well engineering for disco legend, Giorgio Moroder.
Selected Discography
Artist Record Credits
Sam Smith How Do You Sleep - Sleep Mix Remix
Lilia Vargan Why Wait Recorded Vocals
Ruby Duff Miss U Mixing
Son Of Town Hall California Mixing
LYRA Mother Mixing & Recording
Sonia Stein Sad Little Raft Mixing
Tori Kelly Change Your Mind
Mae Muller Leave It Out Mixing
Lyra Falling Mixing
Mae Muller Busy Tone Mixing
Sonia Stein Party Mixing
Liam Payne Depend On It Mixing
Human Nature Romance of The Jukebox Engineering and drum programming
Morcheeba Blaze Away Mixing
Liam Payne Bedroom Floor (Acoustic) Recording and Mixing
Cloves One Big Nothing Mixing
Sam Smith Spotify Singles (River, Get Here & Burning) Recording & Mixing
James Hersey Pages E.P Mixing
Morcheeba Forthcoming Album Mixing
JP Cooper Raised Under Grey Skies Additional Engineering & Programming
Fifty Shades Darker OST Engineering
Forest Blakk Where I First Found You Programming/Engineering
Sam Smith The Thrill of It All Album - Engineering
Rag’n’Bone Man Human Album - Add. Engineering/Program
Giorgio Moroder feat. Karen Harding Good For Me Vocal Engineer
Louis Berry Restless Single - Engineering / Programming
Frances Things I've Never Said Album - Engineering / Programming
Utada Hikaru Fantôme Album - Engineering - Japan #1
Disclosure Amex Unstaged Live Album - Mixed
Tom Walker Sun Goes Down Single - Mix / Additional Production
SG Lewis Shivers EP Tracks - Mixed
Skye I Ross S/T Album - Mixed
Sam Smith Writing's On The Wall Single - Additional Engineering - UK#1
Eliza And The Bear Upon The North Single - Mix
Frances Grow EP Vocal Recording/Additional Prog/Mix
The Alibis Only Time Single - Recorded and Live Mix
Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour Vocal Engineer/ Additional Engineer/Additional Programming/Bass/Keys
John Buckley Festival Album - Mixed
Alfie Conner Hopeless Love EP Single - Mixed
Papon The Story Now Album - Mixed
Iris Gold Marsha Hunt Mix Tape Good Man - CoProd / Mix
Morcheeba Head Up High Album - Mixed
Daniel James The Bridge Mix and Add Prod
Andra Day Rise Up Programming/Engineering/Bass/Keys
Eliza And The Bear Friends (Acoustic) Recorded/Mixed/Co-produced
Eliza And The Bear Let Us Be Young Mixed/Co-produced
Mary J Blige The London Sessions Add Recording
Secaina Hudson I Ain't With You - EP Mixed and Additional Programming
Indiana No Romeo Album - Add Prog
Karen Harding Say Something Single - Additional Programming
Papon Coke Studios @MTV Season 3 Album & TV Show - Mixed
The Avett Brothers Morning Song Additional Recording
Sam Smith I've Told you Now - Live at St Pancras Church Mix
Sam Smith Stay With Me -Vevo Stripped Mix
Foxes Glorious Add Prog/Bass/Synth
5 Seconds of Summer SOS - Live Add Engineer
5 Seconds of Summer Derp Con - Live Mix
Skye Back to Now Add Production/Prog/Engineering/Keys/Bass
Bertine Zetlitz Electric Feet Musical Assistance
5 Seconds Of Summer Amnesia B-Side Mix