DJ Jackson Music Experience and Performances

DJ Bassman


Piano Lessons

  • Private Piano Lessons / Music Theory / Music Appreciation
  • Lessons included Hammond Organ dual keyboard studies

1956 -1968

Guitar Lessons

  • Self-Taught Acoustic and Electric Guitar - Mel Bay Method Books – Beginning to Advanced


Drum Lessons

  • Assigned and studied Drums for Jr. High Orchestra.
  • Lessons for 3 years into High School.
1962 –1965

Spectrum Band

  • Won First Place at the 1968 Las Vegas Nevada Jaycee State Fair Battle of the Bands
  • Played Piano and Keyboards in the band.
  • DJ composed and arranged original songs for the competition.

1967 - 1968

Performances - Las Vegas

  • Performed at Las Vegas Clubs and lounges with various local bands.
  • Played Keyboards and Harmony Vocals
  • Genres include Rock, Pop, Dance, Jazz.

1968 – 1970

University Nevada Las Vegas

Associate Arts  Degree - Audit Courses Include:

  • Studies in Music Curricula
  • Music Theory  and Arrangement
  • Music Education in the Schools
1972 – 1974

Automatic Band

  • Joined Rock/Pop/Dance Band “Automatic”
  • Toured Midwest with Wisconsin Music Ventures Booking at Red Lion’s and Holiday Inns, holiday events, and other Midwest venues
  • I was playing keyboards (Fender Rhodes/Organ/Acoustic Piano) and guitar.

1974 -1978

Bass Guitar Lessons

  • Self-Taught Bass Method Books – Beginning to Advanced
  • Started playing Bass guitar exclusively in all Rock and Jazz bands going forward in performances.

1978 - 2010

Las Vegas Recording Studio

  • Intern as Assistant Engineer for 1 year.
  • Promoted to Audio and Recording Engineer and managed Studio sessions.
  • Co-produced mix sessions for selected artist music
  • Managed solo artist recording sessions.
  • Tape editing / Microphone placement

1978 - 1982

Heads or Tails Band

  • Joined Heads or Tails band playing Bass, Guitar, and Keyboards, and Harmony Vocals
  • Played many Las Vegas local venues, clubs, and events

1982 - 1992

VectraSound Recording Studio Las Vegas

  • Owned, Operated, Created and Constructed 5000 Sq ft Warehouse into 12 rehearsal studios, 1 main performance showcase room, and an adjacent 32 track Analog Recording studio.
  • Managed all rehearsal studios, showcase room, and recording studio.
  • Recorded several professional artists over the years as well as local bands.

1986 - 1990

LNQ Band

  • Won 1st place at Local Las Vegas Battle of the Bands at the Moby Grape Club.
  • 1st place prize LNQ to perform a set at Madame Wongs Club in Hollywood.

1992 – 1995

Jazz Alive Band

  • 3 piece Jazz Trio - Keyboards, Bass, and Drums
  • I played Bass in the band
  • Performed 3 shows a week at Las Vegas Hilton Lounge for 2 months
  • Regular Performances at Gustav Maulers Cigar Bar in Summerlin, Las Vegas
  • Recorded and Produced “This is Jazz Alive" in 2000
  • CD Release Party at Sam's Town Las Vegas

1996 – 2000

Relocated to Seattle Washington


Anything But Hip Band

  • Joined Anything But Hip Horn Band.
  • Played at many local venues and events in Seattle and other local areas.
  • Played 30 weeks a year over 3 years
  • Playing Bass guitar and sang Harmony Vocals

2005 - 2008

Big Dog Revue Band

  • Live Sound Engineer for the Big Dog Revue Band over 6 months and various venues.
  • Set up all support sound equipment and PA for each event.
  • Managed and ran live sound for band during performance.


Astrocats Band

  • Joined the Astrocats band in Issaquah, Washington playing Bass guitar and Harmony Vocals.
  • Band played for years at various local events and clubs throughout Seattle and Issaquah.
  • The Astrocats Band was invited to open the Annual Music Fest in Chefchaouen, Morocco and performed opening in 2012.

2009 -2012

Induction Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 80s bands.

  • Darryl DJ Jackson and the Heads or Tails Band Inducted into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

April 2013

Darryl Jackson Music Website

  • Created website
  • Started Solo Recording Artist Career.
  • Compose, Record, Engineer, Mix, Produce, Lyrics, Vocals, and play all instruments on my recordings.

2015 - Present

Darryl Jackson Songs Published

  • Published several original songs on over 30 digital outlets including: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more.
  • Presented on Internet Jango Radio Station 2018 to current, having over 300,000 listeners to my music worldwide.

2018 - Present

Relocated to Reno, Nevada (Sparks)


VectraSound Recording Studio Reno

  • Opened VectraSound Studio in Reno, Nevada
  • Won BEST OF SPARKS Award for Best Recording Studio 2 years in a row 2022-2023
  • Full-service recording studio including all digital recording formats, standard DAWs, all basic instruments.
  • Work with several recording artists in recording and producing in various genres including, Country, Rock, Classical, RAP, HipHop, Metal, Alternative, and others.

2020 - Present

Music With Confidence

  • VectraSound Studio Associated Business Reference Partner with Music With Confidence for recording students
  • Percussion and Audio teacher for students.
  • Manage and setup Audio / Video Support for all MWC events.
  • Elected to Music With Confidence Board of Directors 2022

2021 - Present