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Darryn Farrugia
Darryn Farrugia
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Country: Australia

Darryn Farrugia began playing the drums at an early age thanks to his father drummer who encouraged him by buying him his first drumkit and a handful of Sandy Nelson records at the age of 5. Darryn began taking lessons at the age of six and played along to records by Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Credence Clearwater Revival and Elvis Presley before starting to play gigs at the age of 12. Around the age of 14 Darryn developed a love for jazz and eventually studied at the Victorian College of the Arts followed by private study in the U.S. with drummers such as Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Joe Morello.

Darryn's credits include the drum chair for the popular TV show "Hey, hey it's Saturday", recording sessions for film soundtracks, jingles and albums plus tours and gigs. Some of the artists Darryn has played behind include Tom Jones, Tina Arena, Lou Rawls, Andrew Strong, The Commodores, Curtis Steigers, Trisha Yearwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Adler, Joe Cocker, Michael Feinstein, Ray Davies (the Kinks), Ernie Watts, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Daryl Braithwaite, Marcia Hines, Chubby Checker, Margaret Urlich, Dame Edna Everidge, Jon English, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Randy Crawford, Eartha Kitt, Tina May, Justin Robinson, Buddy Greco, Gloria Loring, Roger Daltry, Barry Manilow, Jackson Browne, John Tesh, Martin Taylor, Rene Geyer, Rick Price, John Waters, Thelma Houston, Petula Clarke, The Seekers, Tommy Emmanuel, Keb-Mo, Human Nature and Olivia Newton John to name a few.

In 2003 Darryn released his first publication Groove Perspectives that examines various groove styles in the funk/fusion style.

Now living in London, Darryn is currently the Academic Head of Drums at London's Drumtech where he has been teaching since 2005 and is writing a regular column for Rhythm magazine. Darryn has also been gigging regularly at London's 606 Club in addition to gigs at Ronnie Scott's, Pizza express and jazz clubs across Europe.

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