DK [Darnell Kenneth] Anderson was born on November 19, 1979, a mill town kid from the Steel Valley of Pittsburgh. He began his musical studies on tenor saxophone at the age of 11. At the age 16 he started playing the piano and became interested in composition. In 2001, Anderson premiered his first work for big band at Pittsburgh's Mellon Winterfest Festival.
Anderson is a veteran of the Roger Humphries RH Factor and Big Band [2001 to 2007]. In 2007 Anderson stepped away from the public eye.
In 2016 Anderson released his first album as lead, 8th Window, under the artist name DK Anderson's Cypher. Here Anderson released several original compositions showing "where inner space and outer space meet." "DK Anderson explores dynamic new approaches ... making bold statements with original compositions." Bob Studebaker 90.5 WESA