nu-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

RifRaf Review Feb.2010

Version NL
Driftkikker is een Nederlands collectief rond zanger/componist/multi-instrumentalist Daddo. Zijn werkwijze voor deze opname: een waslijst muzikanten uitnodigen en hen elk afzonderlijk een aantal stukken laten inspelen om vervolgens zelf het geheel aan elkaar te lassen. Toch is dit geen collage geworden maar een doordacht in elkaar gedraaid geheel. Een nachtelijke uitstap in de loungy schemerzones tussen (fusion)jazz, pop en r&b waarbij alle extremen ontweken worden maar wel met extra toevoeging van de juiste beats, grooves en soul. Geen Prefuse 73 dus maar eerder JSP-jazz met moderne tinten of zelfs in de sporen van George Michael (‘Love Is The Way’!). Daddo heeft weliswaar klassemuzikanten uitgekozen voor dit experiment. Onder hen gitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), accordeonist Emil Kunto (Mala Vita) en bassist Randy Winterdal (Dee Dee Bridgewater) terwijl de mastering in handen was van Wes Maebe (Sting, Roger Waters). Echt baanbrekend is het echter nooit. Dit is wel de perfecte soundtrack voor hippe clubs. Niet toevallig staat een van zijn tracks op een mixcompilatie voor een overbekend en duur automerk.

Version EN
Driftkikker is a Dutch collective around singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Daddo. His working method for this record : gather a list of  musicians and let each play pieces separately so that afterwards he would weld the whole on his own. Still, this has not become a collage, but the whole has been well thought through and twisted together in one. A nightly get off in the loungy shimmer zones inbetween (fusion)jazz, pop, and r&b where all extremes are avoided but with extra addition of the right beats, grooves and soul. Not a Prefuse 73 but more likely JSP-jazz record with a modern shades or even in the footsteps of George Michael (‘Love Is The Way’!). Daddo have indeed selected class musicians for this experiment. Among which a guitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), accordionist Emil Kunto (Mala Vita) and the bass player Randy Winterdal (Dee Dee Bridgewater) while the mastering ended in the hands of Wes Maebe (Sting, Roger Waters). Really innovative it is not, however this is the perfect record for the hip clubs. Not by chance does one of his tracks stand on a mixcompilation for a very well known and expensive car brand.

http://www.rifraf.be/

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 on Groovera Radio

Right,
Driftkikker is included at the playlist of the Groovera radio !
So what is Groovera, you maybe ask yourself, well Groovera is an webcast that operates independently, free of commercial interruption or subscription and without any corporate sponsorship or funding. Groovera stands out as the only webcaster in its league who operates without support of any kind from a major media conglomerate, running entirely with resources provided by private personal funds and listener support and plays music styles s.a. lounge, ambient popsicle, chillout music, soft techno, downtempo, future lounge, nu-jazz, trip-hop, deep house…
As a result Groovera reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners monthly in over seventy-five countries and is awarded several times for the quality of their shows, hence our excitement to be a part of it.

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

Driftkikker at Soilsound Chronicles USA

Soilsound produces enhanced podcasts that are not only free and downloadable, but are also played in the ether by different radiostations from around the globe. These podcasts go under the name of Soilsound Chronicles and are showcasing music from around the world every Tuesday, including styles s.a. Delicious Downtempo, Lush Lounge, Natural nu-Jazz, Sexy Soul, Tantalizing Trip-Hop, Alluring Ambient. Listen, enjoy & spread around !!!

LiveXS Review

New year, a new start !
This review is from one of the biggest monthly music magazines in the Netherlands, LiveXS, here is what it says (text translated from Dutch);

With this name I expected rather rock band then a nu-jazz group, my surprise is even greater when this disc makes it’s first spin. The combination of different styles like funk, soul and jazz sounds especially in the beginning musicaly good, a bit slick maybe, but especially very laidback. Big minus of the “Coming of the light” is the length, the young band is simply missing the quality to be able to captivate for 55 minutes. Should the record been shorter, then the impact of it would have been undoubtedly greater, now after a passing of time it becomes quite boring and dies out as a candle. Next to that the Dutch accent of the singer/rapper Daddo is sometimes on the edge of annoying.

– Lasts too long
+ Sound Laidback

written by Miguel Thannhauser for LiveXS January 2007

Nederlandse Versie

Bij deze naam verwacht ik eerder een rock band dan een nu-jazz gezelschap, mijn verbazing is dan ook groot waneer dit schijfje zijn eerste spin draait. De combinatie van verschillende stijlen als funk, soul en jazz klinkt vooral in het begin muzikaal goed, een beetje gladjes misschien, maar vooral erg laidback. Groot minpunt aan de “Coming of the light” is echter de lengte, de jonge band mist simpelweg kwaliteit om de 55 minuten te kunnen boeien. Had de plaat een stuk korter geduurd, dan was de impact ongetwijfeld een stuk groter geweest, nu wordt het na verloop van tijd toch wel erg saai en gaat de plaat als een nachtkaars uit. Daarnaast zit het Nederlandse accent van zanger/rapper Daddo soms op het randje van storend.
– Duurt te lang
+ Laidback geluid

geschreven door Miguel Thannhauser voor LiveXS January 2007

driftkikker @ New York's Clubs

This is what a prominent NY DJ Rafe Gomez has to say about music of Driftkikker

Soul. Jazz. Cool analog funk. And an ultra heaping helping of infectious groovedom – that’s the Driftkikker steelo, and it’s wowing heads at NYC’s Cellar Bar, where I kick it each week. Keep on y’all. Your flow is crazy tasty…

Hosted by DJ Rafe Gomez, The Groove Boutique� combines scintillating tracks from the world�s most exciting jazz genres, including:
70s soul jazz
80s jazz-funk
90s acid jazz
Today’s uptempo smooth jazz, nu jazz, and chill jazz The result is an exhilarating listening experience that melds vibrant jazz musicianship with dynamic, irresistible rhythms.

review by DJ Suefo

since the broadcast on the manamana show at the Tilos radio, Dj Suefo was so kind to write an review as well for the Hungarian audience, here is the english translation of what he wrote;

Driftkikker is a dutch nu-jazz band, but I didn’t mean it the accustomed way when I had chosen the genre. In essence it’s modern, electronic pop in a package of jazz, furthemore being very pleasant. Daddo, the bandleader, writes the lyrics, plays the guitars, rocks the synthetizers and gets the grooves going. His friends help him playing on instruments, Ned plays bass, while John Kakiay plays on drums. Although Daddo has been into several audio-visual projects for a time, this debut LP is being put together to one nice piece compared with an average debut albums. Not only does it sound good, but there are properly composed tracks featured as well. This cd is mainly for home listening and recall the musical world of Stereo MC’s and Jamariquai at times, thus this album will be easy to fall in love with. To obtain it will be a bit harder, but it won’t be impossible if you have an internet connection.