Massive Attack’s Daddy G seems pretty chilled about legendary DJ Derek’s disappearance

‘He’s probably still in spoons’

A member of one of Bristol’s biggest musical exports, trip-hop two piece Massive Attack, has revealed he was not overly concerned when he first heard about the disappearance of DJ Derek, suggesting he may had “just gone walkabouts”.

Daddy G added his voice to a growing chorus of concern for the whereabouts of the 73 year-old DJ, who according to family and friends has not been seen for three weeks.

As of this morning, Avon & Somerset police said the DJ from St Paul’s was still missing and that inquiries aimed at tracking him down were ongoing.


Derek has visited every spoons in the country

Speaking to ITV News, Daddy G seemed relaxed about the missing DJ, a musical pioneer who helped bring reggae to the UK. Daddy said:

“He’s just gone walkabouts. It’s quite well known he does tours of Wetherspoon pubs – he’s probably still there!”

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Daddy G and Derek have been mates for years

“The thing is about Derek is that he’s never had a mobile phone or anything like that – he doesn’t really embrace technology. Nowadays it’s easy for anybody to be traced through a mobile phone or whatever and it seems quite weird that someone like DJ Derek – who is quite prolific with his DJing – doesn’t have a mobile phone.”

“That’s quite a brilliant thing but in this case, when people say they haven’t seen him for a couple of weeks, it’s kind of a bad thing.”

Daddy G revealed he and a fellow DJ were making a film about the pensioner, whose disappearance has sparked a high-profile social media campaign to find him.

“He’s basically a national treasure and it’s brilliant he’s from Bristol. He’s found fame in the last 15 years of his life – it’s great having him around.”

Anybody who has any information regarding Derek’s disappearance should call Avon & Somerset Police on 101.