Daddo singer/songwriter/guitar player/producer is a man who is also known as DRIFTKIKKER.
Born into artistic family, Daddo was encouraged to be creative from an early age. Being surrounded with artists from different backgrounds and disciplines through his childhood helped him set fundaments in his quest for goal and ideal of self-expression. This eventually leads him to enter the art school at the age of 14 where he studies to be a sculptor, subsequently he starts playing guitar learning his first chords and chops. Being self-taught he develops his unique concept through listening and visualizing a wide variety of music ranging not only from jazz to punk, but also different musical styles from around the world. Applying elements of these styles to his creative process and blending it with lyrics which are based on personal views and observations of daily life, while describing the world through urban philosophy that evokes emotional challenges in the listener, marks his now trademarked music style.
His works with interactivity and jazz earned him credits at the early stage of his career at the end of the 90’s. Having a creative spirit that’s thirsty for inovation brought him in contact with some of the worlds renowned musical icons. During one of the interactive avant-garde performances he have met with Vitali Imerelli the last protÃ©gÃ© of Stephane Grapelli from whom he received a wealth of musical knowledge. Daddo is respectively following in the tradition of free approach to the music implementing different musical styles such as funk, latin, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, trip-hop and trance, fusing them in one contemporary sound giving an unique perspective to the music. Beginning ofÂ the new century he goes to Florida for a while and does a number of solo gigs around local clubs including Tobacco Road in Miami, one of the oldest jazz/blues clubs in the world. Having collected enough material for his debut he forms Driftkikker in 2005 during the studio sessions while working on â€œComing of the lightâ€, that sets a precedent in todays Jazz as being innovative, fresh, appealing and cutting edge at the same time.
Through the years Daddoâ€™s approach to music has been described as a â€œnew standardâ€ and â€œout of this worldâ€, while his snappy nature at times earned him a nickname â€œDriftkikkerâ€.
Elliott Randall’s illustrious career has encompassed a wide and varied cross-section of World Musical forms. These include: record production, composition, electronic research and development, lectures and teaching, and of course, a legendary contribution to popular guitar performance and recording.
His guitar solos on Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In The Years” and “Fame” (the motion picture) have entered Rock history annals.
Elliott has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as The Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, Seatrain, The Blues Brothers, Carl Wilson, Peter Wolf, Peter Frampton, James Galway, Richie Havens, The Rochester Philharmonic and The American Symphony Orchestra, among many others. In addition, he is a favorite of esteemed songwriters Jimmy Webb, George David Weiss, Don Covay and Laura Nyro. Other credits include: music consultant for NBC Saturday Night Live and Oliver Stone, and projects with producers Gary Katz, David Kershenbaum, Steve Lillywhite, Eddie Kramer and Jerry Wexler.
Sax-, Flute- and Bansuri- player Praful is a native German who chose Amsterdam as his home base in the late 80’s. Over the last 2 decades he has emerged himself in Jazz, Dance, TripHop, Latin and West African Music and especially in the musical cultures of Brazil and India. He has recorded and shared the stage with numerous artists and bands: Project 2000, Bayuba Cante, SociÃˆtÃˆ â€š tous les Couleurs, Dave Koz, Gerardo Rosales, ElectroCÃ™co, Lilian Vieira (Zuco103), Jonathan Butler, Maneesh de Moor, Deva Premal and Miten, Marc Antoine, Nippy Noya, Armando Peraza, Ravi, Jazzjuice, Good Move, Hardsoul, DJ Maestro and many more. With ‘Project 2000’ he was decorated with the Dutch Heineken Crossover Award.
In 2001 he signed his first solo artist deal with Therapy Records and released the album ‘One Day Deep’, produced by him together with Adani&Wolf. Launched in the USA on Dave Koz’s label Rendezvous Entertainment from LA, Praful was embraced as “Jazz-Debut artist of the year 2003” (The Wave, LA) and “The breath of fresh air in America’s Contemporary Jazz”. The album stayed in the US American Billboard chart for 70 weeks, scored a #1 radio hit with the first US-single SIGH and sold more than 100.000 copies worldwide. Developing further his warm and original crossover between Jazz, Electronica and WorldMusic, Praful released ‘Pyramid in your Backyard’ in 2005.
Fluent in 7 languages, Praful is a true world citizen who loves and seeks the (musical) meeting and communion with humans from all colors, cultures and religions. His albums are released in North America, Europe and Asia and Praful has performed with his Band as well as other projects all over Europe, in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Cavaquinho and acoustic guitar player Nelson Latif formed his musical identity in the legendary jazz scene of 1980’s SÃ£o Paulo. With roots in choro and jazz, Latif merges Brazilian styles and a classical guitar technique with diverse musical influences. In his melodic phrasing one hears bebop and Brazilian syncopations, and in his virtuosity the energy of flamenco.
RenÃ© started on classical guitar when 11 years old but discovered the bass around his 17th as his primary voice. Playing in some local popbands making his own compositions and studying all kinds of music. Later he studied at the conservatory for jazz and improvising music, Hilversum (now Amsterdam). Years later he discovered the upright bass. Together with drummer Roy Dackus he formed the fusionband D-Code and recorded his first cd with some compositions of his own. Introduced in the world of music he played on many more records over the years and toured around the world.
Some of the artists he worked with include; Toots Thielemans, Toon Roos, Doug Duffey, Ramses Shaffy, West Life, Jeffrey Osborn, Within temptation, The Buzzbrothersband, PencilBrain, N.E.W.S., Cloudmachine, Spectalicious, Herman Finkers. Some highlights were the tours he did with the band Praful.
Rene is also an educator that teaches bass at the conservatory of Alkmaar and a passionate photographer. His style is groovie and adventurous.
Randyâ€™s musical journey started at the age of 8, when his mother bought him a 16 string mandolin, which he played on until only the bass strings where left on it. Stimulated by his father who was a music lover Randy learned the value of different musical instruments and their function as in the band as in the composition. Randy moved from the Antilles to the Netherlands in the 80â€™s and since he further build his career playing with Hasta Domingo, Unisono Dos (Ilvio Pietersz), Very Saxy, Vibe Tribe, Trio Cross Currents, Gerardo Rosales en Ronald Snijders. Toured around Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Suriname, Curacao, French-Guyana, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and different West-European countries. As a freelance he stood with Cedric Dandare, Randal Corsen, Izaline Calister, Denise Jannah and Steve Bridgewater.
He published his debut CD â€œKu pasonan chikiâ€ in 2006 and recently the follow up â€œAlma di mi teraâ€.
At the very young age Ned fell in love with music. Ever since he have been actively involved with different styles of musical expressions, with intention to explore and develop his technical and emotional qualities as a musician. At a very early stage Ned started playing in a metal band. Later he played all round in different bands with different musical styles that eventually led him to jazz (his biggest love so far). Once confronted with the freedom of expression that jazz is offering, he immediately recognized himself in it.
Ned has performed with Onno van Swigchem, Piet Noordijk, Tasha, European Choir Foundation, Music Theater Eigenwijs, Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation and many more. In 2000/01 he worked with Thidrin (Berber cultural project) as a producer, music director, recording engineer, arranger and bass player.
John grew up in a musical family, his father plays guitar/bass/ukulele, and his mother and sister sing.
He started playing drums at the age of 13 influenced by his uncles who are drummers, so as a kid he was regularly attending the performances of theirs. In his beginning years he learned as many, through a lot of listening an playing along, as much as looking at other great drummers and playing a lot. At the age of 19 he started taking lessons and is still very grateful to his teacher for helping him avoiding major musical obstacles. During his career so far John played with and in many bands with versatile music styles from rock to salsa. Some of the people he have cooperated with are; Tasha (â€˜Tashaâ€™s Worldâ€™), Sharon den Adel (singer â€˜Within Temptationâ€™), Hans v.Eijk (guitarist â€˜Jumpin Jewelsâ€™), Jim Vodegel (bass player â€˜Vertigoâ€™), Glenda Peters, Nippy Noya.
The Just I.N.D. are three beautiful Antillean sirens who possess voices of fine tuned instruments. Their work with a renowned Dutch producer Alphachild (singer Michael Bryan & Partysquad) in 2004 has opened the doors to a larger audiences and ever since they are collaborating and enriching versatile musical productions.