Meet Darren Dyke
I had known who Darren was several years before meeting him. Alan Coyle had always spoken highly of his skills. The first two times Darren and I met were at a PASIC conventions (Percussive Arts Society International Convention).
The second encounter was in 2013 and we began talking about Halo production and that I was looking to grow my tuner base. He offered his services and the rest is history. Darren represents Pantheon Steel and the Halo, in Brussels, Belgium, with the utmost integrity and skill. He is a brilliant tuner.
“As a student of percussion, I have always been attracted to the sounds instruments produce when struck. I was drawn to the sound of the steelpan from the first moment I played one; its harmonic complexity resonated deeply with me. As a performer, I had the opportunity to collaborate with many of the leading figures in the steelpan community.
The more I played, the more I wanted to understand the mechanics of the instrument, and that curiosity led me to study with my mentor, Ellie Mannette. Ellie, who is considered the father of the modern steel drum, graciously shared with me his unique tuning methods, methods which he has refined over 60-plus years as a pioneer in the art form. The warmth and richness of Ellie’s instruments continue to inspire me as a craftsman and tuner.
My background as a steelpan tuner informs my appreciation for and approach to working with the handpan. Both instruments share a unique resonance, harmonic richness, and sonic complexity. As I continue to work with Pantheon Steel exploring the rapidly evolving world of the handpan, I am grateful my foundation as a steelpan tuner. With Pantheon I hope to continue doing my part to give back to the traditions that have given me so much already.”