Derek Duncan aka DJ D.DEE is one of the key players in Vancouver’s burgeoning house scene. In addition to being a well-loved local DJ, he’s a record store proprietor, label boss, designer and promoter. Duncan has made his biggest mark with Pacific Rhythm, an online record store and distributor that was started with the aim of making European dance music vinyl more widely available and affordable in North America. Pacific Rhythm eventually grew into a short-lived but internationally recognized brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of Chinatown, a neighbourhood that has since become the hub for Vancouver’s house music scene.
Pacific Rhythm is also a record label that proudly represents its hometown. Helping introduce the world to Vancouver artists like D. Tiffany, Flørist, Neo Image and Slim Media Player, the critically-acclaimed label has been instrumental in establishing these artists worldwide. His deep bond with the city defines his DJ sets, where he mixes the laid-back house of Vancouver with ebullient disco, funk and techno selections for a failsafe, feel-good recipe. It’s no surprise that he remains one of Vancouver’s most sought-after DJs even in the town where he plays the most.