Journalist, Musical Artist
Who is Daryl Hayott?
Though born in Brazil, he was raised in Harlem, New York.
He was hired as a teenager by Electric Lady Studios to be a session musician playing drums and bass for many bands' recording sessions. His being hired by Electric Lady came about because his best friend Tony, who was a friend of Jimi Hendrix bought Daryl down to the studio. He was challenged to play drums on a recorded track and performed so well that he was hired on the spot to work there for Saturday sessions.
He was signed by Warner Brothers to tour with various bands including the international African group Osibissa and Black Ivory. He was mentored by several noted African American recording artists because they were concerned about him being such a young person working and touring in the major music industry.
Daryl set track and field records in high school. He studied Gōjū-ryū karate under Harlem legend Grand Master Leon Wallace. He was a member of the Budweiser Kickboxing Team as was martial artist Billy Blanks. "Karate Illustrated" magazine featured Daryl in several of their publications. Sensei Hayott won the title of U.S. East Coast Champion three times during his career as a competitive martial artist.
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