Derrick is appearing in association with Yamaha.
Drummer of the legendary British disco/funk band Jamiroquai Derrick Mckenzie was born a few years ago in London, UK. He started playing drums at the age of 6 and he was always into rhythm, time and music. He picked up his first sticks (which was a pair of wooden coat hangers) and started to drum on the floor of the living room, pots, pans and pillows.
He joined his first band at the age of 14 which was a reagge band called Pure’n’Simple.After few years he joined a jazz/funk outfit called Tranzeyance which influenced him in a major way. After few years of doing session work he joined a dance/pop band called Candyland. After that he started to drum for Acid Jazz Label artist Urban Species. He always stayed open for various music genres which led him to do an audition for soon-to-be one of the most musically influential and popular British band Jamiroquai. He has been with the band since 1994 and recorded many succesful albums like Space Cowboy, Travelling Without Moving, Synkronized, Funk Odyssey, Rock Dust Light Star to name a few.
Derrick’s biggest influences throughout his musical path include Billy Cobham, Harvey Mason, Phillip Gould, Steve Gadd, Sly Dunbar, Patrice Rushen, Norman Connors, Incognito, Ronnie Laws, Donald Byrd, Art Blakey, Mint Condition, Aaron Spears, Mark Colenburg, Mark Guiliana, Marcus Miller, Yogi Horton, George Duke, Kleer and many more…
Derrick is endorsed by Yamaha drums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Aquarian heads. He is using Yamaha Absolute Drums Maple and Birch.
Derrick is a Grammy Award winner from 1998. Together with the band they won an award for one of their best know tracks “Virtual Insanity”. Jamiroquai have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and also won four awards at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. They won Ivor Novello award for best songwriting and composing.
During his musical career he also recorded, performed and did sessions with John Newman, Diana Ross, Aleesha Dixon, Gil Scott Heron, Norman Connors, Michael Henderson, Hadrien Feraud, Patches Stewart, Lucinda Belle Orchestra, Anastacia, Steve Booker, Richard Earnshaw, Mike Spencer.
Currently Derrick is drumming for Jamiroquai and British rock/soul/funk band called Shuffler. He also is doing sessions, recordings, teaching, writing, producing, arranging and remixing.
JAMIROQUAI FULLY LIVE DRUM SPEC 2017 – DERRICK McKENZIE – LEFT HANDED
DRUMS : YAMAHA MAPLE CUSTOM ABSOLUTE
1 X 14” BY 6” SNARE (MAPLE)
1 X 13 BY 5’ or 6’ SNARE
1 X 12” BY 9” TOM
1 X 16” BY 14” TOM
1 X 22 “ BY 18” KICK DRUM (WITH PADDING & WEIGHT)
HARDWARE : YAMAHA
1 X SINGLE KICK PEDALS (FP9500C)
1 X HI-HAT STAND (HS1000)
1 X DRUM THRONE (DS950)
2 X SNARE STANDS (SS950)
1 X TOM HOLDER/CYMBAL STAND (RACK) (WS860A)
5 X CYMBAL BOOM STANDS (CS865)
1 X CYMBAL BOOM STAND (CS965)
2 X SEPARATE BOOM (CH750)
2 X MULTI CLAMPS (CSAT924A)
HEADS : AQUARIAN
2 X SUPER KICK 2 FOR 22” KICK (1 SPARE)
TEXTURE COATED POWER DOTS FOR 14” SNARES
TEXTURE COATED SATIN FINISH ON 12” and 16” TOMS TOP, CLEAR HI-FREQUENCY ON BOTT.
CYMBALS : SABIAN AAX
1 X 15” HATS
1 X 10” SPLASH
1 X 14” CRASH
1 X 15” CRASH
2 X 16” CRASH
2 X 17” CRASH
1 X 21” RIDE
YAMAHA DTX 900 DRUM MODULE
3 X DTX DRUM PADS
VIC FIRTH X55B