Darryn Farrugia

Date of Birth: April 19, 1967

Where do you live: Melbourne, Australia

Status: In a relationship

Star Sign: Aries

Main occupation: Musician

Darryn Farrugia was born and raised in Melbourne and today, works as a professional drummer. He has worked in a variety of musical settings including television, musical theatre, concert halls, jazz clubs and recording studios. He has been fortunate enough to play in various parts of the world and has played drums with many incredible artists, including Tom Jones, BB King, Barry Manilow, Joe Cocker and more recently, Patrizio Baunne and Hugh Jackman.

How did you first discover you had a talent for drumming?

Up until recently, my father played the drums, so I grew up with music in our home. I was always fascinated by the drum-set, so after much pestering, my parents bought me my first real set of drums when I was five and I’ve played them ever since. I was always supported by my family, especially my dad and this led me to performing in my first gigs when I was twelve. My passion for music is what drove me to eventually become the drummer and musician that I am today.

You live in Australia and your surname is Maltese, what’s your real connection to the Island?

My parents were born in Malta just after the war. My father is from Floriana and mum is from Zabbar. They migrated to Australia in the mid-1950s and met and married there in the mid-60s. I’ve always loved the Maltese culture, especially the food, and I’m currently visiting Malta for the seventh time. I really love it here and on each and every visit I learn more about the incredible history of this place. I recently found out that I’m related to the painter Antoine Camilleri, so I hope to carry out some research on him while I’m here too.

How would you describe your relationship with money?

For any artist/musician, the relationship with money can be a tenuous one. For me, it has always been a tough balance between doing work that pays the bills and puts petrol in my car and at the same time having work that allows me to extend myself musically and creatively. I think I’ve been fortunate enough to do both. Without either of these, I’d probably go crazy! I also believe that being the son of a post-war immigrant, I have had a certain sense of respect for money instilled in me too. This creates a need to earn money without too much frivolous spending.

What is it that you cannot live without?

Without a doubt, it would be the deeper cultural aspects of life, such as good music, art, food, family and anything that allows me the opportunity to learn something new. Music has always been such a major part of my life that it’s impossible to be without it.

How would you describe the music scene in Malta today?

I’m not totally aware of the scene here, but I have been impressed and encouraged by seeing musicians playing in bars and restaurants as I walk around Valletta. It reminds me of the European attitude towards the importance of music on a cultural level, whilst at the same time providing work for local musicians. I hope to have an opportunity to be more strongly connected with it by way of interacting and performing with local musicians. Ultimately, this would make me feel more strongly connected to my heritage here too as my grandfather was also a musician.