Darius was born in Manchester, England and moved to Arnprior, Canada when he was 12 years of age. He began educating himself with drums and percussion at the age of 13 taking lessons at Mainstreet School of Music (MSSM) starting with concert drums and percussion, and eventually moving to other styles later on. Throughout high school and the town he was living in, he became a well known drummer due to him joining all the high school and local bands which consisted of junior and senior concert band, Red Velvet (a jazz vocal group consisting of a rhythm section), jazz band, and dixieland band. Darius won several awards at his school and eventually worked up to becoming a section leader for his school bands. Eventually, by 18 years old, Darius was already substituting for teachers at his music school (which would eventually bring to being a proper teacher there), and even became a TA in his high school music classes. By 22, Darius had already traveled Canada for a one month tour he did with the folk/adult contemporary singing duo, DanahKae.
While at MSSM, Darius eventually won a scholarship from the school which granted him free lessons for the year. These lessons consisted of drum lessons with many different teachers of differing styles consisting of latin/world percussion, music theory, piano, and garage band. While studying drums, he found a love for latin/word music (South American, Caribbean, African, etc) and was dedicated in learning about the history of these rhythms and the culture that came with it; this led him to go to Cuba for several weeks and take lessons with several teachers there. Eventually, after hitting a wall with trying to improve, Darius went back to the roots of drumming and studied with, again, several teachers on how to refine his technique for the value of having different options around the drums. With this, he managed to improve his skills when it came to his jazz/latin and rock drumming. After many years of trying to refine his technique, Darius eventually came across a CD from his mentor (Ottawa bass player Bob Martin) by a band called Tower of Power. An Oakland funk band with a drummer named David Garibaldi. His introduction to funk music opened him up to the music of Motown, R&B, hip hop, gospel, New Orleans/Mardi Gras, and soul which, again, changed his drumming forever.
Eventually, Darius went to Carleton University for one year after winning several scholarships for the music program and took lessons with Jeff Asselin. After finishing his year there he continued taking lessons with Jeff and his original drum teachers to further his education by focusing on chart reading and teaching.