Jazz

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

Driftkikker’s 2nd CD D-Time OUT NOW

d-timepromo

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!

DK Mixed Tape 2

The New Worck 188 of Driftkikker
After a long pause a new mix by the always impulsive Driftkikker! A great sequel for the DK MT1! ‘DK MT2’! The third ‘Wicked Jazz Sounds’ serie release. Cutting Edge nu-Jazz!

download from tnieuwewerck.blogspot.com

Tracklist:
– Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Warm-Up And Dialogue Between Lee And Rudy
– Guru Feat. Slum Village – Cuz I’m Jazzy
– Dzihan & Kamien – Just You & I (1)
– Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Bethe Bethe Kese Kese
– R.O.U.D.O.S – Same & Diferent
– Dzihan & Kamien – Stiff Jazz
РNicolas Repac РLa P̬gre
– Kruder & Dorfmeister – Lexicon
РR̦yksopp РSparks
– Nitin Sawhney – Sunset
– Jazz Liberatorz Feat. Tre Hardson, Fat Lip and Omni – Easy My Mind
– Nicolas Repac – Revue Noire
– Driftkikker – Love Potion Nr.63
РR̦yksopp РIn Space
– Praful – Moon Glide – Praful

Driftkikker @ Kasteel with Hans Dulfer

On February 8 at 21:30 Hans Dulfer the legend of Dutch Jazz, is giving a concert at Het Kasteel with Driftkikker as a Support act.
Hans Dulfer has been referred to as “Big boy” since his album of the same name. He has done a good deal of cross-over jazz or jazz fusion and even worked with Punk rockers at one point. He has recorded an album with bassist Frank Wright titled “El Saxofón”. He has comparatively high popularity in Japan where Hyperbeat was a top-selling CD by instrumental standards. Furthermore Japanese film maker Masaaki Yuasa stated that he listened to Hans Dulfer’s music while working on Mind Game. Hans Dulfer is the father of saxophonist Candy Dulfer.

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 !

SmoothJazz.com & SmoothLounge.com

A superb combination of styles and eras: nu jazz, ambient, funk and rock… U2 meets Incognito. We love it.
Sandy Shore – President/Founder of Smoothjazz.com – SmoothLounge.com

Wooow,
Wonderfull thing happened, Driftkikker’s Babylon Philosophy, Nobody Else, Pramousquier and Your Expression are included into a smoothjazz.com & smoothlounge.com playlist, Internet Broadcasting icon, Smoothjazz.com, was the Smooth Jazz radio station to broadcast on the Internet Since 1995 it has been the #1 destination for Jazz on-line with a global audience of highly participatory music enthusiasts who enjoy visiting this virtual.

For a deep, artful mix of smooth instrumental music and cool vocals, listeners all over the world access Smoothjazz.com Radio from many on-line resources including iTunes, Shoutcast and on the Roku Soundbridge (where the station is locked in as pre-set). Visitors utilize Smoothjazz.com’s colorful and diverse website as a source for new music, concert tours, festivals and events, artist interviews, Podcasts and more.

SmoothLounge.com – is the cool new spin-off, chill-out radio station from Internet Broadcasting icon Smoothjazz.com. This stylish new sound that many call “Chill” or “Lounge” music originated in Ibiza, an island in the Mediterranean belonging to Spain. The idea behind the music is to create an after-party vibe that is easy to relax and chill to. SmoothLounge.com has created a unique blend of chill for sophisticated adult listeners looking for something different in their radio experience: A sultry, urbane and organic music mix of music that incorporates elements of jazz, electronica, world, and downtempo as well as warm, rich vocals that melt into the mix like honey.

Since its debut in the summer of 2005, SmoothLounge.com is quickly becoming one of the most listened to Chill stations on the Internet, broadcasting more than 750,000 hours with upwards of a million tune-ins per month!

JazzDag / De Kelder / Amersfoort

So the word is out !
Driftkikker will be performing at a renowned club De Kelder in Amersfoort from 21:30 – 22:15 during the Jazzag, the ‘ day of the Dutch jazz ‘. Jazzdag is a meeting point of jazz musicians, booking offices, radio stations, journalists and written media, labels, distributors, studios, academies, jazz clubs and festivals, as well there will be experts in the field of web design, studiophotografie, biography, demo – analysis, buma stemra, Sena and Norma. It is an interactive jazz marketplace that brings together need and offer and acts as an business instrumet for jazz musicians who want to develop their music career. Beside the market there is a jazz carrousel and there are symposia, workshops and at night 25 showcases where selected acts will be presenting their material.
We are especially thrilled with this because the Jazzdag proclaimed us one of the hottest nu-Jazz bands in the Netherlands, if you are ready for all that heat, come and visit so you don’t miss the beat 😉
Hope to see you there !!!
http://www.dekelder.org

mixedtape for 'tnieuwewerck

Some time ago Daddo was asked to make a mixedtape for an internet based label ‘tnieuwewerck, due to the busy schedual it was impossible to make one, then the guys from the label pushed a little and…
there is a new mixedtape online for you to download, containing relaxed, jazzy, loungy, funky, downtempo tracks from:
– Praful – Let The Chips Fall
– Ronny Jordan – Come With Me
– Ramsey Lewis – Cool And Windy
– Seatbelts – Clutch
– Lee Ritenour & Larry Carlton – L.A. Underground
– Pat Metheny Group – Here To Stay
– Groove Collective – She’s So Heavy A/K/A I Want You
– Praful – Sigh
– St. Germain – Sure Thing
– Incognito – Always There (Masters At Work Remix 96)
– Galliano – Prince Of Peace
– Driftkikker – What
you can find it here, and it’s absolutely free!!!
Made possible by the persistence of the ‘tnieuwewerck.
Enjoy and share !!!

Driftkikker @ Sugar Factory

Through a cooperation with Wicked Jazz Sounds Driftkikker will be featuring at Sugar Factory in Amsterdam on 18 March at 22:00.
Wicked Jazz Sounds is an Amsterdam based organisation –where Jazz meets dance-. It brings an eclectic mix of the warmth and essence of Jazz and energy of nowadays dance music. It features DJs, live musicians, dancers, VJs and a whole lot of people dancing with a smile. It makes you travel a futuristic journey through jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, broken-beat, house, drum & bass and beyond…
Nacht Theater
SUGAR FACTORY
LIJNBAANSGRACHT 238
LEIDSEPLEIN
AMSTERDAM

Driftkikker @ NPS Studio 6

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Vanaf vandaag is Driftkikker ook te horen op de Nederlandse nationale zender NPS op het programma STUDIO 6, dit is een vijf uur durend liveprogramma met veel muziek: jazz, world & beyond, maar ook uitstapjes naar pop en klassiek. Daarnaast ook uittips, cultuurnieuws en dagelijks een recept. Iedere dag is er een muziekgast die centraal staat. De presentatie is in handen van Vincent van Engelen of Co de Kloet. / Studio 6 wordt elke werkdag uitgezonden om 14:00EN
From today Driftkikker is also to be heard on the national radio (NPS) in the Netherlands on the STUDIO 6 program, this is a five hour live radio show with lots of music: jazz, world & beyond, that also ventures to pop and classic. Also there are useful tips for going out, culture news and one daily recipe. Every day there is a music guest around whom the show spins. The presentation is in the hands of Vincent van Engelen or Co de Kloet. / Studio 6 transmits each working day from 14.00