About Derek Chai


A brief musical history

From forming his first jazz funk band ‘Pressure Point’, during the Brit funk movement of the early 80s, the band went on to become the backing band for US artiste ‘Forrest’. From here, as a session musician, Derek has performed bass guitar with many well known and musically varied artistes.

Artistes Derek has worked with include; D Train, D:ream, Boney M, Billy Ocean, Jimmy Ruffin, Elton John, David Gilmour, Leroy Hutson, Jools Holland big band, Edwin Starr, DJ Rap, Ozric Tentacles, Ululators, Beverly Craven, Sam Brown, Bananarama, Lulu, Paul Hardcastle, Gennifer Holiday, Courtney Pine, Precious Wilson, The Pasadenas and Arrow.

Derek is also a multi-instrumentalist and has performed professionally as singer, guitarist and percussionist.


Derek teaches drumming and percussion workshops


Derek is also a song writer and composer with sound musicality and expertise in a wide range of musical style including jazz, classical, reggae, Funk, Pop, DnB and EDM.


‘Live Again’ (genre easy listening jazz. vocal/instrumental)

Listen to 'Live again'