Britain’s Oldest DJ Retires

DJ Derek — Britain’s oldest DJ — has retired after decades on the decks. The 72-year-old played his last gig on New Year’s Eve at Notting Hill Arts Club in London.

A legend in Britain, DJ Derek a.k.a. Derek Morris has performed with the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Massive Attack. He’s also played at some of the UK’s largest festivals, including Glastonbury and The Big Chill.

Morris’ love of reggae and growing record collection led him to DJing at local pubs for beer money. He eventually gave up work as an accountant after 18 years to become a full-time performer.

According to the Mail Online, Morris plans to spend his retirement traveling, visiting local pubs, and listening to music at home.

Here’s a video from his last gig:

Watch the mini-documentary below to learn more about DJ Derek’s story:

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  • Deejay SkyUG

    Maximum Respect papa

  • Manuel Almaguer

    This is a good documentary… Wheres part 2

    • Anthony

      wups, we forgot to include it. check now! thanks

      • Manuel Almaguer

        watching now… Thanks for posting

  • BiGMAc

    Need a replacement? 😛

  • Activ Sound

    True Dj, all my respect!

  • Trans4mr

    Why won’t the videos play for me? It says they won’t work with my current setup. What does that mean?

  • D.J. Boogieman….

    Oh wow. I’m 68 and I think I am the oldest dj in South Africa….and have been dj’ing Rock music in clubs all my life.
    I dj in Cape Town at Decodance Sea Point…. And Decodance Underworld. The best job in the world. I’m so happy to hear of Derek in the UK. Keep rocking brother…… Don’t stop the music…. It keeps you young… forever….