DJ DKO, aka Darren Kramer, is an innovative Electric Trombone DJ, Ableton Certified Trainer, and XO Professional Brass Artist,
creating live remixes of originals and covers
via live looping, live audio effects, Push beat slicing, virtual synths, vocoder and the iPad Lemur app.
Kramer has been a professional musician for over 30 years,
working as a full-time freelance trombonist, pianist, composer, producer and educator around the world.
Kramer has used Ableton Live since 2007 as both a performance and composition tool to enhance his unique approach of combining acoustic instruments with electronic music – a fusion of jazz and beats using advanced harmony and improvisation. His cutting-edge live performance also includes spectacular visuals beat-synced to Live using MaxForLive, and the latest VJ software to combine video loops, live camera feeds and Kramer’s world-class photography for a truly stunning interactive multimedia experience.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Kramer moved to NYC and toured with diverse acts such as pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty, singing superstar Tom Jones, and the legendary jazz Broadway show, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, performed with dozens of popular artists, and has recorded on his own record label with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker.
DKO The Darren Kramer Organization is a music company Kramer founded in 1998 to encompass all of his projects, recordings, videos, charts, and educational workshops. Now DarrenKramer.Org prominently features DJ DKO – Kramer's lifelong ambition to combine all of his skills and passions into one discipline, while pushing the boundaries of the trombone stereotype and that of the traditional DJ.
Darren is an Ableton Certified Trainer and is the organizer of the Denver Ableton User Group. His extensive and varied talents as a performer, composer, music technology expert and entrepreneur make him a rare talent, but his love for music and passion for teaching are what make Darren a valuable educator and certified trainer. He is available for group and one-on-one lessons in person, over Skype from anywhere in the world, and through video tutorials accessible anytime via his new online subscription streaming service, DKOLessons.com.
• Matchbox Twenty – Produced by Matthew Serletic
• Tom Jones – Musical Director Brian Monroney
• Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow
• Sophisticated Ladies Broadway Tour with Mercer Ellington
• Latin Grammys Marc Anthony 2016 "Person of the Year"
• The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
• The Late Show with David Letterman
• VH-1 Storytellers “Matchbox Twenty”
• VH-1 Men Strike Back "Tom Jones"
• The Today Show
Recorded and/or Performed
Garth Brooks, Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, John Oates, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Mercer Ellington, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Frankie Valli, Josh Groban, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Big Head Todd, Matt Morris, Eric Marienthal, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Steve Lippia, Clark Terry, Rich Matteson, Eddie Daniels, Rick Margitza, Gary Willis, Claudio Roditi, Rosemary Clooney, Maureen McGovern, Bob McGrath, Bill Conti, Patrick Williams, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns, Lon Bronson Band, Clarence Clemmons, Eddie Santiago, Joe Piscopo, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Walt Disney World All-American Collegiate Orchestra, McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band