|Also known as||Daz, DJ Daz|
28 November 1974 |
Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
|Genres||Pop, dance, Europop, Eurodance, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, football manager|
|Labels||Sony Music Entertainment (2006)
Sporting Riff Raff (2011–present)
|Associated acts||Bus Stop
Rikki & Daz
Sampson & Mason
Darren "Daz" Sampson (born 28 November 1974) is a UEFA & FA Licensed British Football manager, producer and broadcaster. Sampson was known for his commercial dance music and television appearances, 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. He has charted 14 top 30 UK singles.
More recently, he has been involved as a professional football manager in Asia & Usa
Career before Eurovision
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.
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]
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.
- 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. JJ Mason made many remixes of Daz Sampson and Rikki and Daz songs including "The Woah Song" and "Teenage Life".
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.
Eurovision Song Contest 2006
On 4 March 2006, Sampson won the BBC show Making Your Mind Up 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, leading to the highest viewing figures in the UK in Eurovision history.
Career after Eurovision
- 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. Still he presented the song entitled "Do A Little Dance" but it did not make British Eurovision: Your Decision shortlist of songs for consideration.
- Sporting Riff Raff Records
In 2006, Daz Sampson established his own record company, Sporting Riff Raff Records 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.
- 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).
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. They also created a dance act under the name Bandito after landing a record deal with Ministry of Sound's Hard2Beat Records. Bandito's debit solo "Rockin' At the Disco" featured vocals from Russell Graham of the boy band Pacific Avenue.
- 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.
- Football career
Sampson started his career as a footballer, spending his youth years at Manchester City's Junior Blues side, before being spotted by ex-Brighton manager Jimmy Melia whilst managing at Stockport. Following injury Sampson then quit the game as a player going on to manage and coach at semi-pro level.
Following musical success in Poland with Uniting Nations Sampson took over the helm at a semi-professional club there and took them from bottom 3 to a Cup Final appearance in the 3rd tier of Polish football.
In 2012 Sampson came out of retirement and played games for Guam Shipyard, an island in the Pacific Ocean. He then went on to coach and lead the team to a cup final win, and regular top 3 finishes. After 2 seasons Sampson moved to Tampa in Florida to take charge of a new semi professional team about to franchise into 4th tier of the MLS. Although only playing a season full of friendly matches, a record of played 18 won 15 drew 2 lost 1 was achieved.
In 2015 Sampson returned to the UK and briefly taking over a Step 6 Billinge FC in Cheshire. A record of played 10 won 9 and drew 1 was achieved From there he moved to his current side, Ashton Utd.
- 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)"||-||-||-||Originally by the Specials|
|"Footloose"||-||-||-||Originally by Kenny Loggins|
|2001||"Kick the Can"||-||-||-||Re-working of Infernal Gallop from Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach|
|"Na-Na"||-||-||-||Remake "Goodbye" by Steam)|
|"Swing It"||-||-||-||Originally by the Champs and titled "Tequila"|
|"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)"
|Uniting Nations||"Do It Yourself"||-||-||-|
|2008||"Pressure Us"||-||-||-||Featuring Lucia Horn|
|Year||Song title||Credited to||Notes|
|1999||"Roots (Feel Too High)"||Sunshine State featuring Daz|
|2000||"Together (We Can Make It)"||Fraud Squad||
Daz Sampson and JJ Mason
|2006||"The Crown"||Sampson & Mason|
- Bus Stop. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
- Fraud Squad page. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
- JJ Mason page. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
- "Dance track wins Eurovision vote". BBC News. 4 March 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2006.
- Banham, Mark (22 May 2006). "Eurovision attracts half UK audience". Brand Republic. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006.
- "UK Exclusive: It not Daz either!". esctoday.com. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2007.[dead link]
- Download Daz Sampson's banned 2008 Eurovision entry. POp Justice article. Retrieved 17 April 2015.[dead link]
- Sporting Riff Raff Records Official website. Sportingriffraff.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015.[dead link]
- Sporting Rif Raff page. discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
- 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.
- "Twitter ref".
- "Ashton Town coach Daz Sampson is eyeing top spot yet again!".
- Daz Sampson's official website
- Daz Sampson MySpace site
- DJ Daz UK MySpace site
- Behind-the-scenes pictures from the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with Daz
with "Touch My Fire"
|UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Flying the Flag (for You)"