Raised in a musical household, Derek G. Simmons has been playing music since age 4: first mastering the drums, then moving on to the bass guitar, and now combining digital production techniques. This solid percussion focus is what has laid the foundation for his two albums, De Stealth Ninja Chronicles.
The second installment of original Bermudian released in December 2012 by producer Derek G. has brought life back to Bermuda’s soundscape. The 22 original track album features a dynamic mix of genres that range from dubstep fusion, to hip hop, to soul, to the experimental adventure genre. The mixtape has a talented showcase of Bermuda’s best singers, rappers, and even spoken word poets.
Derek Simmons and his D.I.E. label-mates are also a popular fixture in the local live entertainment circuit, performing as the band D.I.A. that plays a funky and original variety of tunes. Notably, D.I.A. opened for Toni Braxton at the Bermuda Music Festival with Chewstick and have gone on tour with Chewstick to New York City and Toronto.
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Through Gumbase, our celebrated drum rhythms cross-over from being an occasional street-based sonic treat to a year round, indoor, multi mood, multi purpose genre, making Gumbase a musical/cultural project worth listening to.
Krystl Assan, The Bermuda Sun, article here