is a musical collective led by Daddo, whose iconoclastic
songwriting avoids established paths and clichés. From its
inception, DRIFTKIKKER has introduced a new musical
style through the deft fusion of contemporary sounds with
a love for jazz. Riding an experimental edge while still
soothing through sound, DRIFTKIKKER’s sophomore
album, D-Time, stamps this new musical style with direct-
ness and honesty.
This diverse musical template originates in Daddo’s child-
hood listening. He explains, “My dad’s record collection
featured few thousands LPs and I remember being abso-
lutely mesmerized by Blue Note records, The Police, Pink
Floyd, and Bob Marley when I was six years old. This left
a lasting mark on me that I wasn’t aware of until I started
playing guitar.” Daddo played in several teenage bands, co-
founded an 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). Not bad
for a boy who was once “turned down by a music school because they claimed I had no talent”.
DRIFTKIKKER formed while working on its debut, Coming of the light, with Nenad Radosavljevic on bass and John Kakiay on
drums. It was not long before DRIFTKIKKER opened for national heroes such as Wouter Hamel and Hans Dulfer. Meanwhile,
Coming of the light, received high critical acclaim. The track, What, was included on the Mercedes-Benz compilation CD.
On D-Time Daddo experimented widely. Perhaps most unusually, he recorded without any of the artists hearing each other’s tracks.
Inspired by the methods used by Miles Davis in the 70s, Daddo allowed each artist their fullest individual expression.
The DRIFTKIKKER collective can boast of stunning guest appearances by world-famous, eclectic musicians from the Netherlands,
the USA, Brazil, Germany, Curacao, and the former Yugoslavia.
• Elliott Randall (guitar), whose distinctive sound and guitar solos on Steely Dan’s Reelin’ In The Years and the motion picture
Fame have entered music history.
• Praful (sax, flute, and melodica), whose number one US hit Sigh from One Day Deep reached Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz
• René Dissel (bass), who played with Toots Thielemans and Within Temptation.
• Emil Kunto (accordion from Mala Vita), who worked with Gambit from Manu Chao and Mano Negra.
• Randy Winterdal (modern Caribbean composer and on bass), who is a frequent choice of Izaline Calister, Steve Bridgewater,
and Ronald Snijders.
• Milos Dimitrijevic (seasoned session musician), who has played and schooled many of the Dutch greats.
• Nelson Latif (cavaquinho and seven-string acoustic guitar), a Brazilian cultural ambassador.
• Wes Maebe (sound engineer to Sting, Chaka Khan, The Kooks, and Roger Waters), who mastered the record.
In tegenstelling tot wat de naam suggereert, is de muziek cool, groovy en relaxed. Na de vraag over wat de achtergrond van de naam
is, antwoordde Daddo met een glimlach, “Wegens mijn temperamentvolle en ietwat vluchtige natuur ben ik meermaals een driftkik-
ker genoemd, maar de muziek is mijn redmiddel.”
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