A bearded beauty and a pro at turning lemons into lemonade, Derrick is the energy you want in the room. After an unfortunate athletic injury and a stint in physical rehab, Derrick experienced what many refer to as an “Aha!” moment in an unlikely place. “I was waiting in a doctor’s office when I noticed this huge anatomical illustration of the human body with the artist’s name on it. It sounds cheesy, but the piece spoke to me and I immediately became obsessed with art in a way I’d never known before.” Soon after, he enrolled in art classes in San Jose.
While Derrick continues to prioritize a healthy lifestyle through playing basketball, he has turned his focus almost completely to art and music. In addition to always practicing his mixing skills, he works as a graphic designer.
Aside from an obvious love of music, Derrick’s real motivation behind DJing is making people happy. “I have such a great time, and the satisfaction that comes from bringing people joy through DJing is as addicting as any drug.” It’s no surprise that his friends describe him as the kind of guy you just like to be around.
Married to his high school sweetheart and coming from what he describes as a modern family, Derrick values playing a part in a genuine and supportive community. “I’m half Filipino, half African American with a ton of half or step-siblings so my family is pretty eclectic. Our relationships are confusing, but when it comes down to it, we’re all so supportive of each other. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.” With such a strong foundation of love in his life, it’s easy to see why Derrick brings so much energy to every event he plays.
(This mix is an example of the DJ’s talents, mixing ability, and knowledge of music. The mix isn’t necessarily indicative of music they will play for your event. All of our DJ’s customize their playlist to what YOU want played at your event)