BIOGRAPHY

Derrick McKenzie started drumming professionally in the early 1980s, for bands such as Pure n Simple, Tranzeyance, Candyland and Urban Species. In 1994 he joined the band Jamiroquai during their second album 'Return of the Space Cowboy' and the rest is history!

Since joining Jamiroquai, Derrick has written and played on eight albums and completed six sold-out world tours, becoming an awarding-winning drummer and songwriter, with a collection of awards including an Ivor Novello award, a Grammy and numerous accolades from MTV, BMI, MOBO and the Billboard Music Awards.

Also, as well as being a well-accomplished Drummer, Derrick is also becoming a well-established DJ, having started working professionally in 2004, after DJing for Jamiroquai aftershow parties in bars and clubs.

Derrick's main style is Soulful House, Jackin House, Tech House, Deep Soulful House, Funk, Soul, Disco, DiscoFunk, Nu Disco, Old Skool, RnB, also 80's and 90's Soul.

Having worked with Deedylicious and the iCulture production team, Derrick has also worked with some great DJ producers such as Roger Sanchez, Steve Mac, Richard Earnshaw, Miguel Migs and looks forward to future music as both a Drummer and DJ.

Derrick has DJed in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the USA (San Francisco, New York and Chicago), Armenia and Australia, to name a few!


 

 

 

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QUOTES

 

“ The groove you hear on those great Jamiroquai tracks is Derrick McKenzie and I'm the lucky guy who gets to play with that energy and pocket, both in the studio and on stage. ” - Paul Turner, Bassist

 

“ I've been lucky enough to play alongside Derrick both live and in the studio since 1999. His groove is impeccable, musical and tasty. A safe pair of hands. ” - Rob Harris, Guitarist for Jamiroquai

 

“ I worked with Derrick extensively whilst recording the Dynamite Album with Jamiroquai. We needed to abruptly modernise the sound so the demands placed upon the band were exacting. Derrick met these challenges head on technically, and is always a positive force in the studio and a joy to work with. ” - Mike Spencer, International Producer to worldwide artists

 

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