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New Beats Media Review

New Beats Meadia is a UK based modern culture website with all the latest information about singers, bands, solo performers, venues, fans, labels, clubs and event organizers.

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Thus, with­out steal­ing or lazily recy­cling from other gen­res, ana­logue and dig­i­tal merge into an easy-listening flow of relax­ing tunes, as it hap­pens in Bright is my day, where Daddo’s voice and lyrics give their best. This is true in Love is the way, where in a bold encounter Emil Kunto’s accor­dion and Nel­son Latif’s cavaquinho keep teas­ing each other, result­ing in a tune mea­sur­ing up with the best Gotan Project’s performances. The tres­pass­ing into more upbeat rhythms of Oh my love, is also quite remark­able. Some jazzy cues in other tracks com­plete the picture.newbeatsmedia.com, nbm dev, Mar 2010

You can read the whole article here written by Lorenzo Marvulli

Speaker Magazine Review

Hallo Hallo 🙂

So, the new review just came in, this time from a Dutch Free Musiczine “Speaker”
Speaker is a free popjournal that is spread bi-monthly to subscribers, existing band members and relations which are associated with the PopUnion. Speaker is also spread around the podiums and the club circuit, festivals, record and music shops, rehearsal rooms, recording studios etc.
You can read it online as well or download it as a PDF (only Dutch sorry)
http://www.speakermagazine.nl/
Next to that there is a streaming radio that features all of the reviewed artist from the last edition!
Popunie Radio

And for you living in Rotterdam you can walk down to the Centrale Bibliotheek and take a seat at the Luistertafel for all of the featured artists 🙂

Here is the transcription of a review and the English translation you can find right under.
Versie NL
Driftkikker is sinds 2006 het project van zanger gitarist Daddo, die vanuit huis en studio de programmering en (eind)productie van dit collectief voor eigen rekening neemt. Het resulteert op tweede langspeler D*Time in 12 ge(s)laagde warme tracks waarin analoog en elektronisch samenvloeien. Vanuit de jazz wordt met een hoog spelniveau moeiteloos van genre naar genre geswitched. Op de gevarieerde basis van bluesgitaar, toetsen, bass en drums brengen de gastmuzikanten extra kleur aan met o.a. saxofoon (‘Still Sometimes’ en‘One More Day’), accordeon (‘Love Is the Way’) en fluit (‘Oh My Love’). Driftkikker lijkt geïnspireerd door een band als Incognito, om in een volgende track aan bijvoorbeeld Jazzanova te refereren. Bindend element is de lage stem van Daddo die op de loom groovende ritmesectie zijn optimistische teksten brengt over liefde en zonneschijn. Gek genoeg doet de stem soms denken aan die van Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan, in een poging Barry White in herinnering te roepen. Ieder nummer ligt lekker in het gehoor en de enorme diversiteit zal ook live zonder twijfel boeien.
Frank

Version EN
Driftkikker is a project of guitarist singer Daddo since 2006, who from his home and studio does the programming and (end)production for this collective. The result is the second LP D*Time with 12 successfully warm tracks wherein analogue and electronica flow together. From the jazz that’s played on high level movement from genre to genre is effortlessly made. On the varied basis of bluesgitaar, keys, bass and drums the guest musicians bring extra colors s.a. saxophone (‘Still Sometimes’ and ‘One More Day’), accordion (‘Love Is the Way’) and flute (‘Oh My Love’). Driftkikker seems to draw inspiration from a band like Incognito, however the very next track refers to a for an example Jazzanova. Binding element is the low voice of Daddo who sings his optimistic lyrics about love and sunshine over a heavy rhythm sections. Oddly enough his voice makes you think of “Fun Loving Criminal” Huey Morgan, in an attempt to remind you of Barry White. Each track is easy to listen to en the wide diversity shall without a shadow of a doubt excite live on stage.
Frank

Interview with Mijke van Wijk on Radio6

Hiya all,

So what’s the news, today I got interviewed by Mijke van Wijk from NPS (Dutch National Radio) Radio6.
She picked up on Driftkikker whilst surfin and got curious about the whole lot behind it 🙂 Gave me a call and we had a most pleasant conversation about how things came to be.

For you who are not familiar with Mijke, here are few words about her:
Mijke’s Middag stands for a pleasant mix of energetic jazz and soul!
Mijke van Wijk lets you hear that jazz is not necessarily a ‘moaning music’: “Jazz is Hip. I oftenly see jazzbands that are turning the clubs upside down. That is the sort of music you can hear on my show. In about five years the whole Netherlands will be listening to jazz at home”, says Mijke van Wijk.

Regularly there are live bands on the show and present the latest tracks or projects. Next to that Mijke is keeping you updated about the most important developments in the Jazz, Soul and World.

You can listen online every working day as well @ http://radioplayer.omroep.nl/radio6
Wanna listen to it today go to http://radio6.nl/uitzending-gemist/
Or catch the previous shows @ http://player.omroep.nl/?serid=4863

Tweet For A Track

Hiya All !

Here is a newbie for you ! Twitter approached me the other day offering a new service for artists, “Tweet for a track” sweeeeet,  basically the idea is that you get a track for just one tweet, horaaah 🙂 why… you might be asking yourself, well..  every artist needs a promotion and help on his way, this is where you kick in, this way you will be ensuring that the artist gets exactly that and while supporting and promoting the artist you will be extending your musical library at the same time, as they say win win situation !
So, From now on you can find Driftkikker’s freebie “Still Sometimes” for just one tweet at http://www.tweetforatrack.com/driftkikker
Join in and let your family know, let your friends know, hell let your friends friends know and while you’re at it, let your family’s and friends neighbors know as well 🙂

Have fun !
And Thank You in Advance for your support !

Driftkikker’s 2nd CD D-Time OUT NOW

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When I came to the point of realizing this record I was wedging a bargain with my thoughts in between “What on Earth was I thinking when getting myself into this” and self satisfying smirk that yells with “OOOH,YEEEEEAAAAAH”.

Start was a smooth ride, laid down the tracks in the simple arrangements and send them to the guest artists, basically I wanted to go with the flow of the classic jazz records as far as the recording sessions were concerned, meaning I’d record first takes trying to keep the essence of the experience from every artist.
The trick for me here was not to allow any of the artists to hear the takes of each other so they wouldn’t be influenced by anything else but the basic arrangement.

From the beginning I picked my partners in crime carefully and diligently waited until each had the right feel for the moment, this provided some of the more memorable moments of my life.

Besides working with John Kakiay and Nenad Radosavljevic aka Ned both of whom you know from “Coming of the light” there are few extra interesting guest appearances.

Let me start of with Praful,
After getting in touch with Praful through mySpace I had a chance to meet him on one of his gigs, we talked extensively and what a great guy he is, we clicked and few weeks later one evening at the early hours as I was about to check my mail one more time before shutting the computer down, I received first takes from Praful, WHOOOA !!! I listened to that super funky flute he sent me that you can hear on “Oh my love” and was instantly blown away, literally and figuratively, so I sent him a reply immediately and guess what, he was still there, recording. As the night progressed I was receiving more and more files as we were chatting, “this man is a genius” I thought “he’s just pouring that stuff out”, and then a miracle, he sent me sax tracks for the “One more day” I’m sure you will agree, that lick on the chorus is a thing of beauty !

Very soon after that a good friend and great guitar and cavaquinho player Nelson Latif from Brazil came by to lay down some takes, basically we wanted to record some Latin flavored guitars and some cavaquinho in “Choro” style for what he is so famous for, what happened during that afternoon was beautiful and so true to the Brazilian spirit of his, as we finished with lunch he started playing on pots and pans in my kitchen, man I just had to have some of that raw flavor, we recorded that on track “Love is the way”.
Just about the same time a week or two later another good friend Emil Kunto an accordionist from “Mala Vita” had a free slot and he complemented that very same track ever so beautifully with some intricate Balkan melodies with a touch of Tango.

Speaking of Balkan, I have an immense pleasure of knowing one of the most amazing jazz guitar players, Milos Dimitrijevic, who was there to give me sound advice and help me out with improving my skills every time I got stuck, his solo on “You & Me” is so smooth lyrical experience that breathes with simplicity and sophistication.

Since I’m hooked to that warm and Latin feel, I couldn’t have done some of the tracks without the input of Randy Winterdal a man with whom I had some of the most interesting musical conversations over the years, funny enough he was working on his 2nd CD at the time “Alma di mi tera” this naturally led to more musical conversations and was great to share the experiences we build up since our last collaboration, I always have good laugh with this guy, at one point during the session he detuned “E” on his 4 string bass to a low “B” on “The other way around” and we started cracking cause it was as if he was playing on rubber, but laughs aside his sound and groove are exquisite as always.

Somewhere in this period another great bass player René Dissel had some spare time and this was a day to remember.
I met René few years ago when recording some sessions in Amsterdam, I just couldn’t stop enjoying playing with this man, he’s so funky, raw and sophisticated at the same time. I knew instantly he’d be someone I had to collaborate with in future, so as I was writing my preliminary arrangements I had him in mind. He listened to the arrangements in the car on his way to recording session, came at “Silence Studio” and recorded 5 tracks in record time, just as we were to wrap up I noticed that he brought a bow with his upright bass so I asked him if he would play one more take on “Under the Sun” with a bowed bass, geee, that take was a pure magic if you ask me, you will hear René gasping with relief and satisfaction at the end of that track.

Just as the luck would have it somewhere in the summer I received a call from Elliott Randall, with whom I had only pleasure to communicate through internet until then. Elliott was in Amsterdam for a Sound Engineers convention and wanted to meet up, things that happened that day… This man is a true legend and he was so kind to make my acquaintance with some of the worlds most renowned sound engineers and producers, soon before I knew it I was sitting with Geoff Emerick and was having one of the more interesting conversations of my life, as our conversation finished Elliott introduced me to Wes Maebe we talked a bit and in midst of our conversation he stopped and commented “aah the Tears for fears” I looked at him stupefied and tried to distinguish the track in that clutter of noise in the room, and after about 10-15 sec I heard it as well, I looked at him again and thought “this guy has to master my record when I’m done he’s got the ears of an elephant.”
As the afternoon progressed and event was coming to an end, Elliott and me took a short straw around Amsterdam and I asked him if he was interested in collaboration, explained him the basic concept and he was quite enthusiastic about it what made me feel in heaven. As he went back home I sent him the basic arrangements and very soon I received the musical response for “Move, Time won’t stop” and “Conurbation”. What can you say about Elliott’s guitar playing that hasn’t been said already, he’s simply GREAT, and I feel very privileged to have had a chance to collaborate with him.

Now, all I desperately needed were female backing vocals, but I had no more time, record had to be finished, I needed someone who’d be able to nail it in a crunch time, but I didn’t know anyone, luckily my friend Emil came through once again, he happened to know these lovely three Caribbean sirens. Indira, Deborah & Nadine walked at Ned’s “Silence Studio” after a few days of prep and sang it perfectly, they did exactly what I was hoping for.

I was done !

Well with recording that is 🙂 now I had to edit the whole and then mix it down…
SO, I opened up sessions, imported corresponding tracks, pressed play and instantly started hating myself, now for the very first time I realized the amount of work in front of me. Every track was going each and every way and I had to make sense of it all, bring it to life as if everyone played together for years. My gut feeling was telling me that I’m on the right track but the problem seemed as a steep mountain to climb. I took a deep breath and dived into the unknown, after I was done with the third track I changed my tune and thought this is the way to go, suddenly the whole started making perfect sense and things just started to fill each other, I could distinguish all the intricate details I needed and place them where I wanted.

Two months went by and I was done with editing and mixing.
It was time for mastering 🙂
Remember Wes Maebe, well I still was. Called the man and sat up a mastering session GHQ Sonic Cuisine. Meeting with him in London just made that positive vibe take a firm root. We spent a great afternoon and he pulled the best of analogue and digital worlds, to get that specific sound of this record. After we were done we jumped for a cup of tea at Elliott’s place to share and brag a bit while anxiously looking at his face to hear his judgement. He was all positive that made a huge burden fall from my chest, cause last thing I wanted was that Elliott Randall and other artists feel uncomfortable for putting their trust in me.

I hope you will enjoy this record and have many memorable moments in life with it as I had making it!

News Update !

So what’s going on,
I know it’s been a while, but there is a good reason for it, I didn’t want to reveal it to the world until now, but the new CD is on the way (yes, you read that right), the tracks are in process of being rounded for the production, and this time there are guest musicians from around the globe. I’m very pleased to say that after the debut “Coming of the light” caught international attention, there was a steer in the musicians community that lead to these collaborations, and all of these musicians are massive in their own field, (I won’t be giving it away yet who they are 🙂 I’ll keep you posted as tracks are being made), this update is just to give you a head start and prepare you for the things to come.
As usual there are more then thirty tracks made for the Album, and this will eventually be narrowed to give a tight musical journey through dimensions of jazz, electroacoustic, funk, rock, latin and world, keeping it true in tradition of DRIFTKIKKER style you all grew to like.

So much for now,

Till Soon !

Driftkikker Store Officialy Open !

Driftkikker StoreYes that’s right,
this was long in making, and some of you have waited long enough for it.
Finally you can buy our products from us ! directly ! no middle man, no go in-betweens but pure direct contact with people you want to support, us, Driftkikker !
So what can you find in our digital store besides the music CD’s and Mp3 downloads, well, you can get yourself or someone you like some Driftkikker T-shirts or caps, or even better the whole lot :), actually now that we are talking about it, why not go now and see for yourself. Surprise yourself or someone with one of our HQ products, and show off with it !

Driftkikker at CDShark

DRIFTKIKKER is proud to be a part of a CDShark family.
CDshark is an online cd store allowing independent artists worldwide distribution and sales.
CDshark finds it imperative that the independent artist is provided the opportunity to make their music heard and it is just as important to them to be the vehicle to make the artist’s dreams a reality.
Current location of CDShark is in the heart of Europe, however that will not say that you have to be living in Europe so you could interact with CDShark.
To vist us at CD Shark click here

Mercedes-Benz mixed-tape 14

ooooooooouuuuuwaaaaaahh!!!
“What” just got accepted for an prestigious mixed-tape compilation by Mercedes-Benz.
You can download our track “What” and the whole compilation for free at MB mixed tape website

note: this compilation is downloadable till 05 Dec 2006 !!!

///TRACKLIST MB mixed-tape 14
01 magnetizing ……………………………………… marsmobil
02 desirable (ft vibe & josiane) …………………… seven & eightysix
03 love is pain ……………………………………….. midian
04 tipsy gipsy ………………………………………… lady sa’
05 grandhotelpiranesi ………………………………. napolitano lounge connection
06 goldfish ……………………………………………. lamb (jpn)
07 gone postal ……………………………………….. foley
08 sabada …………………………………………….. standec
09 what ……………………………………………….. driftkikker
10 without you ………………………………………. amplivibes
11 so kiss me and nobody else …………………… chinchin allstars
12 how long does long last? ………………………. mikrofisch
13 secret eye in the skye ………………………….. muet
14 anything anymore ………………………………. betty schön & band
15 outdoor games …………………………………… magic arm
here is the transcript of the interview with Daddo

Driftkikker / drift-kik-ker (de (m.)) – (Dutch) – literally: an impetuous frog –
metaphorically: someone impulsive, hot tempered and emotional.
Founded by audio/visual artist Davor Dedic in March 2005, Dutch collective
Driftkikker mix and match influences from urban, ambient, trip hop, latin, funk, jazz
and rock into pure, unadulterated nu jazz with a hint of pop. ‘My dad’s record
collection featured something like 4.000 LPs and I remember being absolutely
mesmerised by an old Blue Note compilation featuring Coltrane, Miles Davis,
Thelonius Monk and others.’
Ever since, Dedic has played in several teenage bands, co-founded his own art
gallery, started an interactive avant-garde performance project and played at The
Hague’s North Sea Jazz Festival and Tobacco Road in Miami (USA), among others.
Not bad for a boy who was once ‘turned down by a music school because they
claimed I had no talent.’
Now, as Driftkikker, he has assembled a few like-minded friends to fuse
contemporary sounds with his love of jazz. Following on from their debut single ‘Your
expression’, released just four months after the project’s inception, ‘What’ is a
refreshing piece of upbeat jazzy textures crossed with modern electronics.
And yet, Dedic reveals, there is a lot more to their music than talent, tenacity and
inspiration: ‘It takes plenty of discipline – it’s a job like any other, really, the only
difference are the working hours!’

Short info about the Mercedes Benz Mixed Tape

Moving music for moving people.
Mixed tape is following firmly in the tradition of lovingly compiled mixed cassettes which combine extraordinary musical moments extending beyond the commonly perceived genres of music….
Discover the creative free space with us: each Mixed Tape is the lenght of one CD and brings together 15 pieces from extraordinary international musicians