DeJuan “DC” McCrimmon
The stage and studio have been DeJuan “DC” McCrimmon’s playground for as long as he can remember. His father, Danny, traveled the world playing drums and cutting records for many famous gospel groups from The Clark Sisters to DJ Rogers and The Winans, leaving indelible impressions on DC’s heart and mind.
From the tender age of 5, playing drums and singing have been his passion. Later, he would add keyboards to his mediums of expression inspired by a deep desire to write and compose music. He studied hands-on the science and nuance of music production. As opportunities opened, he began forging his own musical journey, playing and producing music for local DMV artists.
Always having his sights on Atlanta, years later an opportunity to relocate presented itself, encouraging DC to take the leap. Moving into the city knowing no one, he assured himself undoubtedly this was where he needed to be. A few months after moving, DC found himself in the center of the music scene, cultivating relationships with some of the best musicians around. He would soon meet Maleke O’ney, forging an artist/Music Director relationship that would later introduce him to Motown recording artist Donnie (The Colored Section) and Khari Simmons. He would then reconnect with long-time drummer legend Phil Lowman and experience his first tour with Cumberland Collective – a country music band with a whole lot of soul. Continuing to network throughout the industry, he would meet and develop a brotherhood with producer Dave West, creating the opportunity for DC to play for Grammy nominated De La Soul’s highly anticipated project, “The Anonymous Nobody”. That project would lead to the opportunity to become the Musical Director for Syleena Johnson. As each opportunity lead to another, DC would go on to work with iLove This Band, Donnie Simpson (Donnie After Dark), Donnell Jones, Charles Pittway, and Eric ’Sir Bucket’ Solomon.
Having earned respect for his craft on the Atlanta music scene, Angela Woodley reached out to DC with an opportunity to work with WLPWR on one of Big Krit’s projects. That moment would create an everlasting bond and develop into an exclusive working relationship between the two. Recognizing his indispensable value, DC was asked to join the Gray Matter Collective team. The rest is history.