Melbourne based drummer 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.

After 4 and a half years of living in London, Darryn has returned to Australia. Some of Darryn’s recent work includes stints at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club with the Carl Orr quartet, playing drums on the west end show ‘Thriller Live’ in addition to a recent European arena tour with Thriller and the Hey, hey it’s Saturday reunion shows in Australia.

Darryn has also been busy in the studio. Some recent releases include ‘Going Home’ by FGHR, ‘Emergence’ by Carl Orr, ‘Waiting For The Sunset’ by Nina Ferro and ‘The Mystery of Love’ by Still.
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