The men behind Soundcraft are Darren House and Darren Rock. The career of Darren House (Diesel) started off with playing the local bars and discos in his native West London. Finally getting a break to warm up for Gilles Peterson in 1986. From then on until 1988 playing straight ahead jazz, latin, soul, in various spots in and around London. From 1988 got hit by the house bug and hooked up with DJ partner Darren Rock (Rocky) playing as house's first dj duo! During this time both became regulars at the legendary "Shoom Club" ran by Danny Rampling and branched out into djing eclectic sets and all things balearic. Regular DJ spots would follow at "boys own" parties with Terry Farley and Andrew Weatherall. Also at this time running own night called "yellow book" at the Gardening Club in 1989 until 1991. Soon after this Darren Rock & Darren House (Rocky & Diesel) became regular DJs on the dance network encompassing clubs like Ministry of Sound, Back to Basics and Cream throughout the 90s. Eventually DJing around the world starting with Ibiza, Europe and then South America, South East Asia, Japan and Australia. Darren Rock & Darren House released records on labels like Deconstruction, Champion, Warner and Sony Dance Pool, Skunk Records and UMM under the project names "Rock 2 House", "Rocky & Diesel" and "Soundcraft".
In 1993 Darren House & Darren Rock released their first records together with Ashley Beedle on Skint Records under the guise of "X-Press 2". One of the first tracks "Muzik X-Press" was an instant worldwide club hit. DJs as influential as Pete Tong and New Yorks Junior Vasquez then in his Sound Factory prime loved it. Clubbers around the world declared it an instant anthem. Its follow up, the juddering, funky "London X-Press" with its exhortation to "Raise Your Hands!" was just as monstrously successful, it was the daft dancefloor smash, "Say What", that came next. When their records began to get, as Ashley puts it, "more oblique", the three were content to put X-Press 2 aside and move onto other projects, and the three moved effortlessly into jazzier, funkier, more downbeat arenas with their internationally respected "Ballistic Brothers" team-up. In April of 2000 X-Press 2 found themselves back together on the road and in the studio. In 2001 they released the mighty "AC/DC". The boys were back in town. Into 2002 the singles "Muzikizum" and "Lazy" followed before the lads dropped their debut album also titled "Muzikizum", the album was critically acclaimed and charted at number 15 in the UK album charts.