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“A groove is the space between two notes… 
It’s what you don’t play, that makes it groove!”


- Darrell Nutt

I started playing drums as a young lad and had my first pro recording session at 16.

I grew up in a very musical family near Buffalo, NY and luckily got thrown into the late 1980's Buffalo music scene at 17. The musicians from Buffalo are amazing and taught me so much about groove, musicianship, song structure and creating great sounds. Everything that I apply today as a drummer and producer started in Buffalo.
 
I have been fortunate to travel and tour with some of the nation's best artists & musicians, and record on many great albums. While music is my passion, I have always been creative in the graphic design field. So, I started my own audio recording and graphic design studio in my home in 2002, later adding video production in 2005.
 
If you look around this site, you'll see that I've done a bunch of things in music, design and video. I have plenty of experience and I love what I do. All of it!
 
So, before this get's too windy, I'll finish up by mentioning my newest venture: defMEDIA Group. Combining all that I love under one roof: Audio Recording & Producing Albums, Playing the Drums, Video Production & Media Design.

DARRELL ON DRUMS

RECORDING & PERFORMANCE CREDITS

NATIONAL TOUR & PRODUCERS


Elliott Randall (Steely Dan)
Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan)
Brian Howe (Bad Company)

John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)
Carolyn Leonhart (Steely Dan)
Cliff Williams (AC/DC)
George Clinton (Parliament)

John Lodge (The Moody Blues)

Jon Davison (YES)
Emir & Frozen Camels (Boznia/Croatia)

Johnny Reznik (Goo Goo Dolls)

Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi)
John Waite
Spyro Gyra
Special EFX 
Hank Williams, Jr. 
Big & Rich
Chris Botti
Boney James

Wayman Tisdale

Walter Beasley

Robbie Nevil
Charlie Daniels Band

U-Nam
Ed Calle
Tito Puente
Celia Cruz
Sheena Easton
Rodney Atkins 
Maggie Rose
Love & Theft
Dexter Roberts
Poco
BJ Thomas
Jerry Reed
Skooter Jennings
Casey Weston (The Voice)
Essra Mohawk (Frank Zappa)
Kat Epple (TV, Film, Emerald Web)
Rick Derringer (Donald Fagen)
Neil Stubenhaus (LA Session)

Sir-Mix-A-Lot
Danny Shepard (Michael Franks)
Ray Nesbit (Jimmy Herring)
Mario Infanti (Chuck Mangione)
Father Jerry Kaywell
Lester & Holly (Inspirational)
John Beltran (Ubiquity)
Michael Junkroski (Shadows of Knight)
Barry Fish (Star Search)
Paul Fleisher (Lou Reed)

Afroman
Gary Smith (Nashville Session)
Stuart Ziff (Steve Wariner, David Ball)
Phil Dillon (Nashville)

Anthony Williams (Patti LaBelle)
Howie Lindeman (Stevie Wonder)

Phil O'Donnell (Craig Morgan)
Pat Travers

Matt Baxley (Moot Booxle)

John Kerzweg (Creed, Jewel)
Bruce Hensall (Eagles)
Chuck Allen (Todd Rundgren)

Mochii Project

Steve Sykes (Richard Elliot, Dave Koz)

Alan Hewitt (The Moody Blues)

Marcus Wolf
The Forester Sisters (Warner Bros.)

Billy Walker

The Warren Brothers

The Lynns
José Alvarez

David C. Johnson (Aaron Neville)

Les Smith (Rickie Lee Jones)

Redeem (Germany)
John Mooney
Barry Fish (Star Search)
Triptaka (Canada)

RECORDING COMMERCIAL


TELEVISION / FILM

Music City Tonight (TNN)
Crook & Chase (TNN)
Primetime Country (TNN)

Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN) Theme Song

Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN) S1E12 Composer

Places To Love (PBS)

Street Tuner Challenge (SPEED)

Chop, Cut, Rebuild (SPEED)
"Devil's Fruit" (World's Fair Pictures)

"Barely A Chance" (Erad Pictures)
 

RECORD LABELS
Atlantic Records
Sony Latin
Universal Music Group
Warner Music Group
Reprise Records
Ubiquity Records
Dreamworks
Polydor
Max Music (Miami)
SFP Records
Dallas Records (Croatia)
OX Records
Royal-Sub Records
Funk Wax (Orlando)
Majammy Records
E-SA Records
Container Records

Dado Records

Deep Touch Records

Hard Six Records, LTD

Deepness music

220 Music Corp.
 

CORPORATE RECORDING
VISA World Cup
Motorola
Budweiser (George Clooney)
Bounty Paper Towels
Mobil One Oil
Harley-Davidson
Yamaha Musical Instruments
Chico’s

 

TELEVISION NETWORKS
FOX
Oprah Winfrey Network
Speed Network
Lifetime Network
HGTV
CNN
CMT

TNN

PBS
 

COMMERCIAL JINGLES
Lee County Fair
Florida State University
Ellis Team – Re/Max
Sunshine Dental Centers
The Best of Everything
Birch’s Air Conditioning and Heating
Jordan's Paint

INDEPENDENT ARTISTS


Steve Uscher
Heather Brooks
Chris Workman
Spencer Clark

Birdie Lee

Dani Dawson

Matt Simpson

Bar Berkoe Buskila

Shay Sharon Haim
Ryan Jennings
TJ Kelly
Mike Rogers
Lynn Richardson
Jo List
Steve Farst
Danny Morgan
John Bernier
Cathy Madigen
Derek Trenholm
Antimo Onzo

Chris Milano

John kucaba
Gilbert Neal
Jeff Lawrence
Tim McGeary
Kim Page
Matt Chadwick

The Bumbles

Ayla Lynn

Ashlie Smith

Victor Samalot

Kelly Neff
Gary Pickus
Emily Bronzini
Isabella Sbarra
Tom LaRotonda
Rebekah Wells
Danny Sinoff

Seth Anthony
Jeremy Goodman
Sarah Hadeka
Dieter Kelley
Glenn Kidd
Herb Williams

Cyrilia Lopez

Katie Lyon

Mark Corradetti
Johnny Jensen

 

GROUPS

Theory of Grace
Phoenix Block

Just Like Honey

The Jones Brothers
Modulation
Critical Mass
Addrenalin
Vanilla Crosby
Thinkpiece
Soulfunkunity
Vee/Magsax
Thorobred
Murphy's Law

Deep Shag
The Moots
Wayward Souls
Rockin' Horse
Rick Howard Jazz
The New Vinyls
Ghost Jam
Mudbone
Space Jam
Jim Yeomans Band
Doug Yeomans Band
Limited Warranty
Tight Grip
New Zew Review
Charmer
Trailblazers
Infield
Jory Lyle Band
High Tide
High Lonesome
Stacey Allison Band
Official Outcome
The Incorrigibles
Kim Page Band
The Bumbles
Soul System
The Catman Doodz
Gibralter
Johnny Jensen Band

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Performed with AC/DC members Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson for two Benefit Concerts to arena crowds.

  • Performed with John Lodge of The Moody Blues and Jon Davison from YES for two benefit concerts.

  • Recorded with legendary musicians Elliott Randall & Chuck Rainey from Steely Dan.

  • Played the drums on an album with George Clinton from Parliment Funkadelic.

  • Performed in Europe with The Forester Sisters.

  • Performed onstage with Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) and John Waite.

  • Played drums on theme song for the Oprah Winfrey Network show “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

  • Composed music for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” the “Carrie Underwood” episode S01E20.

  • Performed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia with Emir & Frozen Camels.

  • Was in the first American musical group ever to perform in Gorazda, Bosnia and Herzegovina with Blue Mercury.

  • Performed on legendary Grand Ole Opry stage and Grand Ole Opry LIVE radio and television shows.

  • Received an endorsement from AMEDIA cymbal company.

  • Produced, recorded, edited and programmed a drum sample library for the Slate Digital TRIGGER 2 DAW plugin

  • Recorded more than 140 drum tracks for the website SOUNDBETTER.com.

EDUCATION
 

Villa Maria College – Buffalo, NY
Jim Chapin – Private Instruction
Louie Marino – Private Instruction
Ron Rocco – Private Instruction
Elliott Randall – Mentor
Jim Kurzdorfer – Mentor
Mike Caputy – Mentor
Pete O’Donnell – Mentor

Todd Lewis - Mentor

PRESS
 

JULY 2019

VOYAGE MIAMI MAGAZINE

 

MARCH 2019

FORT MYERS MAGAZINE

MARCH 2019

HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE

SEPTEMBER 2016
FLORIDA WEEKLY

 

APRIL 1991

DRUMS & DRUMMING MAGAZINE

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
 

2009 - INDEXI AWARD

Best Rock Album of the Year

2002 - DAVORIN AWARD
Best International Music Collaboration

2002 - DAVORIN AWARD

Best Rock Song of the Year

I proudly endorse AMEDIA Cymbals!

I proudly play YAMAHA Drums and GOODWOOD Drumsticks by Vater.

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THROUGH THE YEARS...

Bands, Drum Kits, Young Nutt, Influential People, Travels, Concerts, Clubs, Hair...

Will Calhoun - Living Colour
Vinnie Colaiuta
Translucent Journey Drum Kit 2
Translucent Journey Drum Kit 1
Tito Puente
Tight Grip 1989
Thinkpiece Live in NPR
The Warren Brothers 1994
The Speedbumps
The Red Door
The Platters 1994
The mono close mic'd overhead
Susan Bennett - The voice of Siri
Stylus 24 - w: Willie Corres 1994
Soulfunkunity 2006
Sarajavo Mostar
Sarajavo 2006
Sarajavo Airport 2006
Promo_Amedia Cymbals
Rod Morganstein - Dixie Dregs
Richie Hayward - Little feat
Promo_Amedia Cymbals 2
Playboys
Phoenix Block Video Shoot
Phoenix Block 2008
Phoenix Block & Billy Huffsey - Fame tv
Mostar Blues Festival 2006
Oz Noy Trio - The Bitter End NYC
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 l
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 k
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 j
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 i
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 h
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 g
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 f
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 e
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 d
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 c
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 b
Mostar Blues Festival 2006 a
Morningstar Band 2008
Mom backstage K-Rock for Relief
Modulstion 2008
Limited Warranty 1986
Les Smith - Rickie Lee Jones
Keith Knudsen & John McFee - The Doobie
Keith Knudsen - The Doobie Brothers
Keith Carlock - Steely Dan (and Liz)
Kat Epple Concert w: Ray Nesbit
Kat Epple Concert 2005
Johnny Rzeznik John Waite Hugh McDonald
Johnny Rzeznik John Waite Hugh McDonald
Johnny Rzeznik John Waite Hugh McDonald
Johnny Rzeznik John Waite Hugh McDonald
Johnny Rzeznik John Waite Hugh McDonald
Johnny Rzeznik John Waite Hugh McDonald
Johnny Rzeznik John Waite Hugh McDonald
John Mooney Concert 2008
Jimmy Yeomans Band 1988
Jeff %22Tain%22 Watts - Oz Noy Trio - Th
Jazz on the Green 2003
In the Studio - Kat Epple
Heather Brooks Band Halloween
Heather Brooks Band 2004
Greg Grainger - Whitney Houston
Heather Brooks Band 2003
Grand Central Station
Greg Bissonette
GILBRALTER w: Bob Fazio 1992
Gary Grainger - John Scolfield Band
Gary Geotz Jazz 2009
Germaine Arena - 2000
Funky Drum kit
Feel The Joy Concert 2007
Father Jerry Kaywell Band - w:Neil Stube
Ephraim Owens - the Elephant Room Austin
Elliott Randall & Friends 2002
Ellingtons Jazz on Sanibel 2009
Elligtons Jazz on Sanibel 2009
Dubrovnik Croatia 2006
Ed Sullivan Theatre
Dubrovnik Croatia 2006 b
Drum Kit - Kat Epple Concert
Drum Kit - Kat Epple Concert 2
Derek Frank (Gwen Stefani) @ The Elephan
David Garibaldi Clinic
David Garibaldi - Tower of Power
David Foster Show - Ruben Studddard 2009
David Foster Show - Neil Stubenhaus & Pe
David Foster Show - Deborah Cox 2009
David Foster Show - John Robinson 2009
David Foster Show - Charice 2009
David C Johnson & Starr Parodi - Arsenio
Dave Weckl
Darryl Worley
Darrell, Chuck, Elliott in session
Darrell wins a talent show 1981
Darrell 2004 Super Feedback powers
Darrell 1993 Barry Fish (Star Search)
Darrell 1995
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