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No Surrender | About

No Surrender is one of the pioneering Afropunk crews from NYC's indie underground, starting out in the early 00s. Their own albums, and collaborations have been hailed internationally by VICE, MTV, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Mojo, NME, Time Out London, and dozens of other outlets. Since 2015, the band has moved heavily into production. 

Their music has been used in commercials, film, documentaries and television. Members Eddie Steeples and Darius VanSluytman are also known for their work on screen and stage.  

Most recently,  Darius produced Altars, a sound installation for sculptor Afruz Amighi in 2016, leading to a collaboration for The Frist Art Museum in July of 2018, where Darius composed and performed 30 minutes of original electronic music, accompanied by harp, violin, cello and spoken word. Eddie Steeples has re-emerged on TV (following his classic role as Crab Man in My Name Is Earl) on TBS' The Guest Book.


No Surrender (Darius VanSluytman, Eddie Steeples and Patrick Donawa) is a staple on New York’s underground scene.Cutting their teeth at now shuttered, Lower East Side venues like Brownies, CBGB’s Gallery, and Baby Jupiter, they acted as house band for the Revenge of The Muse parties, one of the first monthlies to bring together alt-rap, rock and dance. They shared the stage with the leading alternative urban artists of the time including Mike Ladd, Antipop Consortium, Stiffed (Santigold’s former band), and Apollo Heights (The Veldt). 

Darius (under his abandoned stage name, Seraphim) began popping up as a guest vocalist on tracks along underground legends like Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Crunc Tesla and The Majesticons. He was also pulled by avant garde composer Ras Mesinai (an architect of NYC's illbient scene) to co-star in the acclaimed theater piece Myth of Nations which did stints at The Kitchen (NYC) and Il Teatro San Giorgi in Sicily. 

In 2003, the crew offered up their first self-released CD, White Power Black Magic, a collage of dissonance, off-beat drum patterns and fierce lyricism. Subculture bible VICE Magazine hailed the debut, helping to further their indie credibility. 

A few years later, still trying to poke through the underground, coming off his role in the Ice Cube flick Torque Steeples, was picked up by NBC to become a permanent cast member of Jason Lee’s cult comedy hit My Name Is Earl. The band went on a short hiatus. 

A chance meeting with dubstep hero FreQ Nasty (co-producer of Santigold’s breakthrough hit “Creator”) led Darius to former Tricky muse Costanza Francavilla’s ZerOKilled studio. Camped out in the DUMBO studio, they wrote and produced the album Medicine Babies a seamless blend of electro-punk, dance and alt-rap which dragged No Surrender out of the underground and into the spotlight...for a minute...

Nothing's that easy in the underground. The crew has been on hiatus since around 2013, with a few scattered guest appearances and side projects, including Darius' synthwave project Low Wave, with late night impresario Chris Carr of Brooklyn Wildlife. The crew is also a creative force behind music licensing firm SoundSoGood Music, a boutique agency catering to film and television industries.