DJ Derek in 2007
|Genres||DJ: rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall, soul music|
DJ Derek (real name Derek Serpell-Morris, born 1941) is a Bristol-based DJ whose blend of 60s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music has made him an icon for many in the industry, including a host of Jamaican producers and Massive Attack. DJ Derek spent 10–18 years working as an accountant at Cadburys before moving on play reggae in the St Pauls area of Bristol.
Derek was a washboard player in the 1950s and has played popular sets at many major festivals, including Glastonbury and The Big Chill. He MCs in Jamaican Patois while DJing. In 2012 he received the Bristol Lord Mayor's medal for an "outstanding" contribution to music in the city. He appeared in Dizzee Rascal's video for Dirtee Disco. In 2013 he played his final set before retiring at Notting Hill Arts Club in London on New Year's Eve.
In July 2015 Derek's family announced that he had been missing for three weeks, appealing for information related to his whereabouts. Police confirmed that he had not used his bank account since the beginning of July, and can't have gone abroad given that he has no passport. He was last seen leaving a bar and boarding a bus on the night of 10 July.
- The legendary DJ Derek - BBC Inside Out
- "DJ Derek: Police hunt for missing 73-year-old Bristol man". BBC News. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "DJ Derek: Family and friends to search Bristol for missing 73-year-old". BBC News. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "DJ Derek spins his discs for final time in Bristol". Bristol Post. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "Bristol's DJ Derek missing for three weeks". ITV. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- "DJ Derek search: Further CCTV footage tracks journey". BBC News. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
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