Darren Platt was the founder of Channel U, a TV station that played a crucial role in promoting UK grime music and culture in the early 2000s. He launched the channel in 2003, and it became a platform for unsigned artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Skepta, Lethal Bizzle, and many more. He also ran 360 Records, a label that signed some of the Channel U stars.
What was his cause of death?
Darren Platt passed away in July 2016, at the age of 38. No details have been shared as to the cause of death, but many grime artists and fans expressed their grief and condolences on social media.
Why was he important for the UK grime scene?
Channel U was a cultural phenomenon that gave exposure and recognition to the UK grime scene, which was largely ignored by the mainstream media and labels at the time. The channel showcased the raw and authentic sound, look, and humour of grime, and gave a voice to the youth and the streets. It also inspired a generation of aspiring MCs and producers, who saw their idols and peers on TV, and wanted to emulate them.