A Tribute To Derren Smart

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Last Monday we got the devastating news that one of our best friends and mentors in London had passed away. More than a week later looking at pictures of Derren still make me cry. Derren was one the warmest, most genuine people I’ve ever met and his love of music and especially disco taught us so much. Before there was Crew Love, there was the Wolf + Lamb Experience, all thanks to Derren booking the first label showcase at Red Gallery in London back in May 2010. When we showed up at the party, the only lighting was a standing lamp and a florescent “this must be the place sign” and we knew immediately that we’d found the perfect partner for our parties in London. Derren continued to host us through the years, for our DJ Kicks tour, for an all night set at his legendary “A Night With…” party, for our first Soul Clap Records showcase in London. Every time he he was the host with the most and his love for the party and the artists allowed us to have some of our best performances. But when Derren really touched us was after the parties ended. Chatting, giving advice, telling jokes and of course playing incredible disco music while he (and everyone else) danced around the room. Over the years we featured two mixes from Derren on our podcast and it seems appropriate that we celebrate his life by re-posting them now so we can all listen, dance and celebrate Derren’s incredible life and love. We’ll miss you Derren!