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Nu Funk

by D'mar

Released 2016
Airtight Records
Released 2016
Airtight Records
D'MAR offers a sound with the soul of yesterday combined with the energy of today. We simply call it Nu Funk Soul!
Derrick “D’MAR” Martin’s is standing between two worlds where the gap grows by the day and D’MAR is the epicenter .He is simply a force of nature. D'MAR is a musician, producer, songwriter, singer, educator, entertainer and motivational speaker. He has been traveling the world for the last 16 years as the lead drummer for the legendary Little Richard. D'MAR has also worked with a number of other artists such as: Dorothy Moore, Bobby Rush, Vastie Jackson, Ali Woodson (The Temptations), Big Jack Johnson, Billy Preston, Roy Gaines, Mitch Woods, Mark Hummel, Jackie Payne, Kid Andersen, Syl Johnson, Bob Margolin and Tutu Jones just to name a few.
His career started when most of us were still playing with skateboards and riding Big Wheels. From the moment he beat on his mother’s couch at the age of five to the present, D’MAR has done what he loves to do: perform and play the drums. It was natural for him to be “All-City Band”, first chair in the percussion section and section leader before he was an upper classman in high school. What is more amazing is after working at a local record store for a couple of months while in college, he decided to fulfill a childhood dream and goal: he would play drums for a living and work for himself. As it would happen, D’MAR had an opportunity to audition for the living legend, Little Richard in which he got the drummer spot in the band!
Within three years, he was the lead drummer and the youngest member of the Little Richard band. Even though he was young and surrounded by fame and fortune, the lifestyle he lived was not one of great jet setting. He took the time to learn the craft from one of the founding fathers of Rock and Roll. He began to develop his Berry Gordy business acumen and learned to identify business opportunities, which led him to open several businesses, which are still active today.
17 years later, D’MAR has traveled globally, entertained amongst the hottest stars, and served as co-owner of Airtight Productions for twenty years and put together one of the most innovative music education programs ever seen. Not only is D’MAR in the business of producing, being an artist, teacher and musician, in 2009, he landed a role in the movie Chess: Who do You Love in which he plays Muddy Waters’ drummer, “Elgin Evans”. Despite his full schedule and full life, D’MAR gives back to his community through volunteering with the youth arts programs. He has also created music education program called Drums & More, which he performs for schools throughout the world.


Drums & More is an exciting, educational and motivational presentation for grades K-12. We can tailor the presentation to fit your theme or focus. For more details, click the Drums & More tab above and/or view the promo video to the right Email to schedule a presentation. 

Drums & More


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D'MAR Dates

  • October 26, 2019
    Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • November 13, 2019
    The Jack London Revue, Portland, OR
  • November 14, 2019
    The Triple Door, Seattle, WA
  • November 15, 2019
    The Gorge Room, Hood River, OR
  • November 16, 2019
    V-Lounge, Victoria, BC


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