Daru Jones




Daru Jones...
Born in Michigan to two professional musicians, he began playing the drums at the age of four. Though he got his start in the church, Jones has been influenced by musicians from a wide range of genres.

These eclectic musical tastes have carried over into his own career as he has recorded, performed, and toured with renowned artists and producers such as: Jack White, Nas, Talib Kweli, Black Milk, Salaam Remi, Lorenzo Jovanotti, Sturgil Simpson, Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, Esparanza Spalding, Black Violin, Ski Beatz & The Sensei’s, and Jon B.

Alongside these artists Jones has graced the stages of some of the most revered events in the music industry, including: One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide! A 20th anniversary celebration of Nas debut album Illmatic, the 2013 Grammy Awards, Austin City Limits, Rock The Bells Festival, and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Receiving rave reviews from: Rolling Stone Magazine, LA Weekly, and USA Today he has also appeared on several national and international television programs: The David Letterman Show, Jools Holland (UK), The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, and MTV.

Jones has been the “go-to-drummer” in the hip hop game for nearly a decade. He has shared the stage with legends and emerging stars alike, including: Raekwon, Curren$y, Theophulis London, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Black Moon,  Slum Village, Black Sheep, Digable Planets, Camp_Lo and Large Professor.

Going beyond his role as sideman Jones also records and tours throughout Europe and North America as a member of the Vienna-based hip hop/jazz trio, THE RUFF PACK.  The band released their sophomore album, WITH YOU (2013) to much critical acclaim.

Jones is also a sought-after producer and boutique label owner who develops talent and releases music through his imprint, RUSIC RECORDS, LLC. 

The Brooklyn, NY-based producer/musician exhibits a unique approach to beat-making by incorporating live drum loops, jazzy and gospel samples, and a soulful musicianship into all of his projects.

Over the past decade, Jones has produced and released a catalog of projects he classifies as “soul-hop” featuring collaborations with vocalists and rappers: Kissey Asplund, Jasiri X, Reggie B, Rena, AB, and Eagle Nebula, among others. In addition to these RUSIC projects, Jones has produced original and remixed tracks for recording artists, such as: Muhsinah, iSHE, Jessie Boykins III, and Kendra Ross, to name a few.

2015 he performed on “Lazaretto”, the first single from Jack White’s second solo album of the same name, and helped White to earn a 2015 Grammy for Best Rock Performance.

Jones has also received high accolades for his performances on the Lazaretto tour (his second with White).



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