Bristol institution hangs up his headphones...
DJ Derek

DJ Derek is set to retire following a final show on New Year's Eve.

DJ Derek is the sort of figure only Bristol could throw up. Initially an accountant at Cadbury's, Derek Morris spent his spare time stockpiling rare, illusive and exclusive Jamaican releases.

Building up an enormous collection, Morris decided to hit the soundsystems. Becoming DJ Derek, the turntablist approached the mic in full Jamaican patois - learned, he said, from his barber.

One of the most knowledgeable DJs specialising in Jamaican music that this country has produced, the site of DJ Derek - now 71 years old - behind an enormous rig has kept crowds skanking for decades.

Sadly, though, his career is set to come to an end. Speaking to Cool Beans, DJ Derek revealed that his Notting Hill Arts Club show on New Year's Eve will be his final set, and that he plans to indulge in a little travelling.

"I will be 72 the fortnight before I do my last ever gig" he said, "and while I’m reasonably healthy it’ll be nice to do some travelling without carting my gear around!" (via FACT)

He'll be sadly missed. Enjoy your retirement, Derek!

Watch a documentary on DJ Derek below.

DJ Derek pt. 1 from Grand Finale on Vimeo.

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