Daz Sampson

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Daz Sampson
Daz Sampson.jpg
Daz Sampson in 2005
Background information
Also known as Daz, DJ Daz
Born (1974-11-28) 28 November 1974 (age 41)
Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
Genres Pop, dance, Europop, Eurodance, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1998–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment (2006)
Unsigned (2006–11)
Sporting Riff Raff (2011–present)
Associated acts Bus Stop
Rikki & Daz
Barndance Boys
Uniting Nations
Sampson & Mason
Website www.dazsampson.co.uk

Darren "Daz" Sampson (born 28 November 1974) is a British singer, producer and broadcaster.

Sampson was known for his commercial dance music, often reworkings of older songs as a solo act (Daz Sampson, DJ Daz) and as a member of various formations, Bus Stop, Rikki & Daz, Barndance Boys and Uniting Nations enjoying popularity in Britain and in Europe.

In 2006, he represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Teenage Life". He also established Sporting Riff Raff Records and has continued to perform and release recordings.

Career before Eurovision[edit]

Sampson was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, and went into radio broadcasting at 17 after an injury halted a potential career as a pro footballer. spending several years working within commercial radio as well as a stint at the world famous "Radio Luxembourg" from there he made the transition of playing music to making music.

Bus Stop

Sampson had his first chart success with the group Bus Stop (with Graham Turner, Mark Hall,). Bus Stop had four UK hits, the most successful being "Kung Fu Fighting" featuring Carl Douglas that sold 250,000 copies in the UK and over 1 million worldwide.[citation needed]

Chris Moyles, broadcaster with BBC Radio 1 responded to a letter from Sampson by championing his records on the station and inviting him to contribute comedy moments on his radio show. During this period Sampson was almost a daily guest on the Radio 1 show, and from this came a deal with BMG for his act Blown Out.[clarification needed]

Other Bus Stop hits included remakes of "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" featuring Randy Bachman, Jump" from Van Halen, Get In On from T. Rex.

Many of the Bus Stop songs and remakes have been featured in the popular game series Dance Dance Revolution, including "Kung Fu Fighting", "Kick the Can", "Swing It", "One Two (Little Bitch)", "Na-Na", "Swing It" and "Long Train Runnin'". The band also made many appearances on the Dancemania series.[1]

Fraud Squad

As Bus Stop project was folding, In 2000, Daz Sampson made a duo partnership with JJ Mason. Named Fraud Squad, the duo released "Together (We Can Make It)" which was popular in European night clubs.[2] JJ Mason made many remixes of Daz Sampson and Rikki and Daz songs including "The Woah Song" and "Teenage Life".[3]

Daz Sampson and JJ Mason would return in 2006 with two releases under the name Sampson & Mason releasing "The Crown" and "The Feeling".

Rikki & Daz

In this period, Sampson formed Rikki & Daz with John Matthews (aka Ricardo Autobahn, hence "Rikki") of the Cuban Boys. Their 2002 single "Rhinestone Cowboy (Giddy Up Giddy Up)" featuring a new vocal from country music legend Glen Campbell reached No.12 in the UK. Another popular release as Rikki and Daz was the remake of DJ Bobo's hit "Chihuahua" credited to "Rikki & Daz Vs. JJ Mason Remix".

Barndance Boys / DJ Daz

The pair continued to work together under various names, including The Barndance Boys (for the minor hit single "Yippie I Oh") and DJ Daz ("The Woah Song", a remake of Baltimora's Tarzan Boy). Matthews later co-wrote Sampson's Eurovision song "Teenage Life".

Uniting Nations

In 2004, Sampson returned to the Liverpool dance music and he formed a partnership with producer Paul Keenan under the name Uniting Nations and released "Out of Touch" a remake from Hall & Oates hit and selling 150,000 copies of the single in the United Kingdom becoming a European hit. Other big hits included "You And Me" (reached No.15 in the UK) proving yet another hit in Europe and "Ai No Corrida" that reached No.18 also in the UK. Smash Hits readers and T4 viewers voted Uniting Nations "Best Dance Act" at the last ever Pollwinners Party in 2005. Sampson also enjoyed 3 number 1 singles in Poland with Uniting Nations.[citation needed]

Eurovision Song Contest 2006[edit]

On 4 March 2006, Sampson won the BBC show Making Your Mind Up[4] with the song "Teenage Life", written and produced with his long-time collaborator John Matthews. The accompanying dance routine involved 4 young women dressed as schoolgirls, dubbed The Sampsonites.

The song was a commercial success prior to Eurovision becoming a Top 10 hit for him on the UK Singles Chart with the single released on 14 May 2006 just prior to the contest. Daz Sampson represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest on 20 May 2006 in Athens, but only 10 of the 39 eligible countries voted for Sampson and his total score was 25 points, placing him a disappointing 19th out of the 24 acts.

Although he finished low down the rankings in the Eurovision Song Contest, he enjoyed success in the British charts. "Teenage Life" entered at number 13 in the UK Top 40. In the week following the contest, the publicity he had gained from this exposure helped his single to climb to number 8 in the UK chart. Sampson claims that his performance may have raised the popularity of Eurovision in the UK, with the 2006 contest attracting half the UK TV audience,[5] leading to the highest viewing figures in the UK in Eurovision history.[citation needed]

Career after Eurovision[edit]

Eurovision 2007

After Eurovision, he said he would like to return to try for Eurovision Song Contest 2007. However, he later he announced that the BBC decided it was too soon for him to enter again, but he would be welcome in a few years time.[6] Still he presented the song entitled "Do A Little Dance" but it did not make British Eurovision: Your Decision shortlist of songs for consideration.[7]

Sporting Riff Raff Records

In 2006, Daz Sampson established his own record company, Sporting Riff Raff Records[8] with Ben O'Brien and Joe Taylor of Nuxx. The acts that recorded with the company, mainly hit pop/dance/disco bands were The Star Alliance, Spray, Mr. Fix It, Love Djs, Project 4.[9]

Sampson & Mason

He collaborated with several artists and released in 2006 "The Crown" and "The Feeling" under the name Sampson & Mason in partnership with JJ Mason (of earlier Fraud Squad days).

Tribute to Stockport County

On 22 April 2007, Sampson released a new download only single release in support of his football team Stockport County. The song by Daz Sampson and the Cheadle Enders is titled "The County Song" (Jim Gannon's Army Goes Marching On). (UK#182) The song pays tribute to Stockport County's football league record of nine consecutive wins without conceding a goal. The song namechecks several Stockport County players including Anthony Elding, Adam Griffin and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey not to mention former player and current manager Jim Gannon. On the occasion, with Sampson donating part of the proceeds from the single to the Stockport County Supporters Trust, the trust made him its first-ever life member in recognition of his efforts.[10]


He wrote materials for Glasgow-based Russell Graham of the boy band Pacific Avenue, when the latter launched a dance act under the name Bandito after landing a record deal with Ministry of Sound's Hard2Beat Records.[11] Bandito's debit solo "Rockin' At the Disco" was co-written by Daz Sampson and John Matthews.

Sampson and his long term writing partner John Matthews, have co-written the music score for a brand new CBBC animation show set to air summer 2013.[citation needed]

TV & Radio

Since 2011 Sampson has returned to a career in radio broadcasting as signing a deal with NBC/Universal where he stars in his own reality documentary show.



With Bus Stop
  • 1998: Ticket to Ride
  • 2000: Get It On
  • 2002: Bustin' Rhymes & Melodies


Year Artist/Group Song UK Singles Chart UK Download Chart Irish Singles Chart Notes
1998 Bus Stop "Kung Fu Fighting"
(feat. Carl Douglas)
8 - - Originally by Carl Douglas
"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"
(feat. Randy Bachman)
22 - - Originally by Randy Bachman
1999 "Jump" 23 - - Originally by Van Halen
2000 "Get It On"
(feat. T. Rex)
59 - - Originally by T. Rex
"One Two (Little Bitch)" - - -
"Footloose" - - - Originally by Kenny Loggins
2001 "Kick the Can" - - -
"Na-Na" - - - Remake "Goodbye" by Steam)
"Swing It" - - -
"Long Train Runnin'" - - - Originally by The Doobie Brothers
2002 Rikki & Daz "Rhinestone Cowboy" 12 - 16 Originally by, and featuring Glen Campbell
2003 Barndance Boys "Yippie I Oh" 32 - - Re-working of traditional song I'll Tell Me Ma
DJ Daz "Woah Song" - - - Originally by Baltimora and titled "Tarzan Boy"
2004 Uniting Nations "Out of Touch" 7 - 5 Originally by Hall & Oates
2005 "You and Me" 15 - 26
"Ai No Corrida" 18 - 37
2006 "Music In Me" - - -
Daz Sampson "Teenage Life" 8 11 - UK Eurovision entry
2007 "Do a Little Dance" - - - Download only
"The County Song
(Jim Gannon's Army
Goes Marching On)"
182 17 - Download only
Uniting Nations "Do It Yourself" - - -
2008 "Pressure Us" - - - Featuring Lucia Horn

Others songs[edit]

Year Song title Credited to Notes
1999 "Roots (Feel Too High)" Sunshine State featuring Daz
2000 "Together (We Can Make It)" Fraud Squad
Made up of
Daz Sampson and JJ Mason
2006 "The Crown" Sampson & Mason
2006 "The Feeling"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bus Stop. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  2. ^ Fraud Squad page. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ JJ Mason page. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Dance track wins Eurovision vote". BBC News. 4 March 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2006. 
  5. ^ Banham, Mark (22 May 2006). "Eurovision attracts half UK audience". Brand Republic. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006. 
  6. ^ "UK Exclusive: It not Daz either!". esctoday.com. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2007. 
  7. ^ Download Daz Sampson's banned 2008 Eurovision entry. POp Justice article. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  8. ^ Sporting Riff Raff Records Official website. Sportingriffraff.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  9. ^ Sporting Rif Raff page. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  10. ^ Stockport County giving Daz Sampson a life membership Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Lyons, Beverley. (30 October 2009) ''Daily Record'': I swapped life on the dole for big money record deal, says upcoming Scots star Bandito. Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 2015-04-17.

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Preceded by
with "Touch My Fire"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Flying the Flag (for You)"