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Darren Walters
Darren Walters

Associate Teaching Professor



URBN Center, 260J

Darren Walters has thirty years of music industry experience that spans the entrepreneurial and academic and allowed him to experience the nuances of the industry from a variety of perspectives.

In his position as an Associate Teaching Professor, Darren is the Director of the MAD Dragon Music Group and MAD Dragon Records,a key enterprise classes for business students. In addition, Darren is responsible for teaching core Music Business classes and designed the Music Industry Program’s first Study Abroad, a focus on the music and culture of Brazil.

Jade Tree, the record label Darren co-founded in 1990, continues to provide him with ongoing industry experience. As Label Director and Manager, Darren provides company leadership, strategic financial and business direction, determines project marketing, and is essential to the A&R of artists.


International Travel Award from the Office of International Programs to present and attend the The First (Beijing) International Music Industry Conference in 2014, Chinese Communication University of China, Beijing, China, [November 2014]

Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Brazil Award | United States Department of Education [July 2011]

Rankin Scholar in Residence for House Industries | Drexel University [May 2010]

BA, English, University of Delaware

Adapt or Die | Billboard, June 4, 2014:

Forward |Stealing Time: 20 Years of Punk Images | Mark Beemer | SSE Press [2015]

Anecdotes |Adult Crash | Dave Brown | Vicious Circle Records & Six Feet Under Records [2008]

“Love is a Battlefield”. My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories | AK Press [2007]

“You Can D.I.Y.” column. Alternative Press [Select Issues, 2006-2007]

"Mordam Records Interview". We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet Collected Interviews | Akashic Books [2001]

“Memories of Joey Ramone”. Maximum Rock N Roll [2001]

"House Industries interview". Punk Planet [March 1998]

“Ruth Schwartz of Mordam Records interview". Punk Planet [June 1996]

"Lifetime Interview". Maximum Rock N Roll [March 1995]

“Love What You Do”. Rockpile [Issue 100]

Co- Founder, Jade Tree






Featuring releases from artists such as:

Jets to Brazil, The Promise Ring, Lifetime, Dogs On Acid, Kid Dynamite, Spraynard, You Blew It!, Pedro the Lion, Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Swiz, Strike Anywhere, From Ashes Rise, Spirit of the Beehive and many more.