Monday, 15 October 2018

Darrell

Hi, I'm Darrell and I am the keyboard player with Graffiti.

 

I have always had a passion for music, and it seemed a great idea to try and teach myself how.  During the early 80's I decided to join my local brass band where I tried out the trumpet. This was a great experience as it introduced me to the world of music! After spending a few years, I decided brass wasn't really for me, and I dabbled with the guitar for a few years. I’m certainly no Jimi Hendrix but I can hold a few chords together. Then during the late 80's I found my love for keyboards, organ and piano where I really found my niche!

 

At 14, I joined my first 60’s band, “Tobacco Road" amongst other names used over the years. This introduced me to the pubs and clubs of South Wales where I was with a great bunch of muso's that really educated me in the right way! This lasted for a number of years where I enjoyed the delights of the M4 corridor.

 

A number of years later, I was part of a duo named "Secret Dreams" and later "Millennium", where I spent the majority of my musical career playing and entertaining at some great venues and working with some fantastic people.

 

For a brief period in the mid 90's I joined another band before returning to the duo and hitting the pubs and clubs again!

 

A number of years ago, I joined Neath based band, "Rider" who were a lot more rock music orientated, which added another dimension to my experience over the years.

 

At the beginning of October 2014, I joined Graffiti who, at the time, were looking for a new keys player and the rest as they say is history!

 

I have many musical influences including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Jools Holland and David Paich (Toto). I have a passion for many playing styles including the 80's, Dance, Soul, Blues, Rock - as long as it makes sense and there is a funky groove that does it for me!

 

For any ‘Gear Geeks’ that may be reading this I have used a wide selection of equipment over the years including the infamous Korg M1, Alesis and Yamaha boards, but here’s my current set up that I have had for many years:-

 

Roland XP80 keyboard
Korg TRINITY keyboard
Korg M1R rack module
Korg Triton rack module

 

All of these are then controlled via midi patches that are set up and controlled via my iPad so all my sounds and controls change across all my instruments at the touch of a button - which saves time between songs - Keyboard players paradise!

 

Well, that's enough about me for now. If you come along to see Graffiti, be sure to come and say hello.   I’m always happy to have a chat and speak to anyone!