Bass Player - Producer - Songwriter
Derrick is an experienced Session Bass Guitarist with a set of bass skills which covers a variety of bass styles. His foundation of bass playing is rooted in the Gospel scene; this quickly extended to Jazz, Blues and Rock.
After extensive playing in the church from the age of eight, Derrick played the club scenes before taking over from Gail Ann Dorsey as Bassist in ‘Well Red’. Essentially a funk band whose second album was produced by George Clinton. He toured both of the band’s albums as well as playing and co-writing on the second album.
He then joined the band Roachford, lead by his friend Andrew Roachford. They recorded and toured four successful albums. ‘Roachford’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘Permanent Shade Of Blue’ and ‘Feel’. Including hits such as ‘Cuddly Toy’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘Lay Your Love On Me’ and ‘Only To Be With You’.
After ten years with Roachford he was brought in to work as a Session Bass Guitarist for Gabrielle. He played on albums ‘Rise’, ‘Play To Win’, ‘Always’, some extra tracks for the Greatest Hits album as well as ‘Out Of Reach’ for ‘Bridget Jones Diary’. He joined Gabrielle on several tours as Musical Director to promote these albums.
Whilst playing with Gabrielle, Derrick developed a good working relationship with drummer Dylan Howe. The two went on to record ‘Elements’ for Dylan’s father and the renowned guitarist Steve Howe. They went on to tour the album in the UK and across Europe as the ‘Steve Howe Remedy Band’. A live DVD was released as a result.
Derrick Taylor has also gained invaluable experience performing in theatre productions. He spent time in ‘The West Yorkshire Playhouse’ in Leeds as a Session Bass Guitarist (playing an acoustic bass guitar) performing ‘Blues In The Night’ where the band were an integral part of the play, performing from the middle of the theatre as opposed to the usual behind the scene theatre musician position. The play was set in the 1930s and musically based on Chicago Blues and Jazz. This posed Derrick a healthy challenge and was a fantastic opportunity to expand his musical growth.
Derrick is currently one of the Bass players in ‘Tina The Musical’ In the Aldwych Theatre, London. He also plays on the October 2019 released Des’ree album ‘A Love story’ with some of the elite session musicians.
His main influences are Bassists like: NHOP, Willie Weeks (Donny Hathaway), Larry Graham (Sly And The Family Stone), Aston ‘Family Man’ Barret (Bob Marley), Andy Fraser (Free), Chuck Rainey, Anthony Jackson, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, MonoNeon, Pino Palladino and the number one influence, the legendary Jamie Jamerson (Motown).
Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sly And The Family Stone, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Dennis Brown, Donny Hathaway, Andre Crouch, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Chaka Khan, Jazmine Sullivan, Missy Elliott, Timbaland.