In 1990, at the age of 22, Darren Mather picked up his first harmonica and while working all over Devon, he would drive with his knees and hold the harmonica with both hands....
You wouldn’t dream of doing that now, but back in the day when roads were quiet, you could get away with it! Darren practiced on his single C for a further 18 years, gradually buying more and more harmonicas when he learnt they came in different keys.
Now, 30 years later, Darren has contributed as a session harmonica player on numerous albums and performed at over 300 gigs since his first public performances in 2005.
From the early days, Darren was hooked. He set out on a journey to learn all he could in an attempt to find that elusive Chicago sound. To recreate the dirty, gritty, phat sound popularised by Harp players in boozy, smoke filled, Juke joints. The days when amps and mics were overdriven, amplifiers had valves and microphones were stolen from Taxi firms.
....Darren had a desire to solve this problem and introduce a product to the Harp market that would not replace the need for technique, but would replicate a range of old school Chicago sounds through 7 virtual valves and a virtual pedal board that would make you drool at the thought. Darren is now a serial Entrepreneur exporting a range of products all over the world. While performing in a Blues band, he met Paul and Madeleine and from a shared love of live music and a desire to be involved, Darren, Paul and Madeleine became Co-Founders of Kinubi Audio Ltd.
It is their intention to support and encourage students, young Individuals and performers along for the ride, with a chance to learn about forming a business, developing new skills to add to CV’s, and contributing to portfolios, and all for the love of music.
Sadly, Paul passed away, but his legacy lives on with the Kinubi PSV.