Darren Michael Boyd has well and truly cemented his reputation in the industry as a high-class guitarist.” - Jenny Tate, Rock Queen Reviews

“One of the more important indie guitarists to watch right now.” — Daily Pop News

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is home base for the award-winning composer and musician Darren Michael Boyd. His solo career started as a form of therapy for the physical and psychological complications that followed a life-altering car accident, and he has released 6 albums and over 20 music videos since 2019. His sound has been dubbed “Spooky Surf” by fans and has been described as “Dick Dale meets Joe Satriani in a horror movie”.

Previously, Darren has also toured/recorded with acts such as Creeping Beauty and Famous Underground, featuring Juno award- winning vocalist Nicholas Walsh (Slik Toxik).

Boyd returned from Nashville in October 2023 as a three-time nominee for the JMAs at the historic Grand Ole Opry House. 

Recently, Boyd received Three Josie Music Award nominations - Musician of the Year (Guitarist), Song of the Year for Darkling, and Instrumental Album of the Year for Hexalogy. He is among the 3% of submissions to be nominated out of 75,000. He will attend the awards show in Nashville, Tennessee at the Grand Ole Opry House in October of 2024.

Boyd recently signed with Europe’s Sliptrick Records and his first title on the label “The G-String Murders” was released July 1/2023.

In October of 2023, Boyd’s sixth release, Hexalogy, arrived just in time for Halloween. 

In 2023, The Red Carpet Show in Holland nominated Boyd for Most Appreciated Musician, and Misty Mundae in two categories: Best Music Video and Instrumental Song.

Boyd is nominated in 2024 by The Red Carpet Show in Holland for Musician of the Year, Composer of the Year, and three nominations for instrumental composition: Racing for Pinks, Hide And Shriek, and No Pain, No Stain. 

He previously won Best North American Music Video in the Toronto Independent Film Festival for the self-produced “Arachnochakra”.

Boyd was Voted Best Guitar Teacher, in the Ottawa Valley/North Grenville Readers Choice Awards.

While working on his first full-length solo album, Boyd simultaneously performed with The Mississippi Mudds Theatre Group in 2019 to play guitar for a sold out run of Queen’s We Will Rock You, and won the Ottawa Faces Magazine award for Favourite Theatre Group. 

Boyd was invited multiple occasions to privately audition for platinum-selling artist Fefe Dobson, and asked to write songs for Beasto Blanco, featuring long-time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and Alice Cooper’s daughter Calico Cooper.

In 2008, Darren received a scholarship to Guitar Workshop Plus in Toronto, with some of the best players in the business as instructors (Paul Gilbert/Billy Sheehan/Sue Foley). He has shared the stage with such acts as One-Eyed Doll, Wednesday 13, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stryper, Beasto Blanco, and Lee Aaron. 






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Contact: darrenboyd@magma.ca

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