Kid Dakota is the musical moniker of Darren Jackson. Formed in 1999, Kid Dakota has released two albums on LOW's Chairkicker's Union - So Pretty (2002), and The West is the Future (2004) - and three albums on Graveface Records - A Winner's Shadow (2008), Listen to the Crows As They Take Flight (2011), and Denervation (2018). He is rereleasing his first album, So Pretty, on Graveface as a 2LP on May 19th, 2018. Furthermore, Darren is currently working on three new albums, The Age of Roaches, Negative Kid, and Take The Dogs for a Walk. The current incarnation of Kid Dakota features Justin Korhonen on drums.

Darren is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer, teacher, and producer. He owns and operates Shortman Studio in Northeast Minneapolis. In addition to creating and recording music, he is currently a Ph.D. student in ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His areas of research are early twentieth-century avant-garde film, film theory, and philosophy.



Photographer: Brieanna Waters