Driftkikker’s 2nd CD D-Time OUT NOW


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!

Official YouTube

Hi there,

just a few quick words,
from today on you can catch some of our performances on our official YouTube page, we will be adding video content to it whenever we can, if you are in possession of some footage’s of our performances or you know that there is something somewhere (like a video clip using our music) and would like to share it with the rest of like minded people let us know and we’ll link it.
Feel welcome to drop by & say hi ! 🙂

Mercedes-Benz mixed-tape 14

“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

driftkikker @

You know the Muzzy also know as a MUSIC FROM NL website, well, from today we are a part of a big family of Dutch musicians, this website populates a large number of Dutch bands and musicians, venues and gives updates on latest concerts and festivals in the Netherlands. Another thing to be mentioned is that this site is not for the Dutch only, so if you are interested promoting your music abroad, you can visit our page and see how do you like the concept.

driftkikker @ NME site

From today we can be found on a NME site as well (a british music magazine also known as new musical express), if you wish you can check it out by clicking here.

For all of you how by chance do not know what NME is, we’ll try to give it to you in a nutshell. NME started as a music magazine in the end of the ’50’s, now almost 60 years after it celebrated it’s 10th online anewersary, NME was/is trying to promote new music and undiscovered talents, therefore there is a posibility to promote your music through their site to the British audience. You can vote for us @ their site and help us promote Driftkikker in Britain.