d’Z Debut EP Album OUT NOW!

d’z is currently working on his debut EP to be released on Spring of 2018.

Here’s what other people say about the EP “Connected”:

“This is a stellar effort, with top-notch vocals, musicianship and production.” – Jamspere.com

“Dazzling musical arrangements and a super-tight rhythm section.” – Soundlooks.com

“NO LESS THAN BREATHTAKINGLY IMPRESSIVE!” -Brandooze.com

“CONNECTED – Spectacular and pure adrinaline to the ear.” – Videomusicstars.com

“Connected – Sparkling funky rhythms!” – Reviewindie.com

 

“Conviction is an instrumentally sensual, and vocally resounding masterpiece of a track. Jazz fan or not, you can’t dispute that this track is packed full of poignantly orchestrated sound which is made even heavier by the sentimentality behind the track by d’Z ft Freddi Lubitz. d’Z’s New Orleans Groove Jazz Funk sound isn’t something that you’d necessarily expect to come out of the Netherlands, yet the Arnhem based songwriter, producer, and drummer composed one of the most tantalizingly perfect anthems to introduce the summer. I can quite honestly say that never in a Jazz Funk track have I been bowled over by the lyrics at the same time as the massive sound which creates an up-beat cacophony of high vibe electricity.

If you’re on the hunt for some feel good Jazz Funk you can check out Conviction through his website now.”

Review by Amelia Vandergast from A&R Factory, United Kingdom

 

“d’Z – CONVICTION ft FREDDI LUBITZ. Take out all the best components from all the previous groovy, jazzy & funky musicians in the manner of influence and put into one perfect compound. Highly recommended!”

Review by OneLuveFM, United Kingdom

 

“All we can say is WOW WOW WOW!  We listened to your BRILLIANT and STELLAR track “Conviction”. Great collaboration by all who touched this AMAZING Project.”

Jeff Moses, Founder & CEO WJMX-DB Internet Digital Radio Broadcasting, Boston, USA


 

 

 

Craziness

There is some craziness in this world, people say. But what does it mean exactly? Is it some conclusion based on the majority view? Is there a general principle which not everyone is aware of, ergo those are the crazy ones?

There is some craziness in this world, people say. But what does it mean exactly? Is it some conclusion based on the majority view? Is there a general principle which not everyone is aware of, ergo those are the crazy ones?

Some people thought I was crazy when I decided to make an EP with ambitious songs, farfetched arrangements and zero experience in producing and recording whatsoever. To be honest, looking back, I’d say I’m glad I had no clue what a time consuming, stressful, money-grubbing (whoa, there’s more money leaving the ship than there’s coming in right now…) and sometimes frustrating kind of project this is.

BUT it’s also tremendous fulfilling in a way I’d never have imagined. To pick a few highlights: I made some new friends around the globe. I met some new, incredible musicians. I’ve grown as a musician. I’ve grown as a human being. I finally took the chance to create something I’m proud of no matter the outcome. I followed my heart -my intuition if you like- although there were times my head was screaming like a mad little kid saying it was stupid and crazy to leave my comfort zone.

So here I am, still alive and kicking! Am I scared sometimes? Hell, yeah. Do I feel desperate sometimes? Got a minute (or 15)? Do I feel stupid sometimes? Hey, I’m not stupid! (Am I?…) Do I think sometimes I’m the biggest joke on the planet? Sure.
But what remains at the end of the day is gratitude. Because so far it’s been a fantastic experience. What a ride it is. I’m glad you walk along with me on this crazy trip!

Be the trigger

One of the questions people like to ask once in a while is: What’s your goal, what do you want to achieve with your music?

One of the questions people like to ask once in a while is: What’s your goal, what do you want to achieve with your music?

To be honest, I’ve been asking myself the same thing for a long time. But every time I come to the same conclusion: I want to inspire, make people feeling good (even it’s only for a very brief time) and want to share some positivity and awareness. Because I still believe there’s love in all of us. It just needs to be triggered now and then. I want to be such a trigger. Like others have triggered me. And for that, I am very grateful.

So that’s my goal, my calling if you want: to pass on what I received (i.e., the inspiration to write songs) and share it with you. I often think of my music as ”open-heart music”. My biggest hope is to reach out to people who are willing to open up so they can pass it on to whoever they want to share my message with.

Are you ready to get triggered?

Nurturing Your Seedlings

There are times I wonder why we do the things we do. Even the things we do unconsciously. What is our drive, our motivation? Do we live our lives to the fullest? Are we supposed to do so?

There are times I wonder why we do the things we do. Even the things we do unconsciously. What is our drive, our motivation? Do we live our lives to the fullest? Are we supposed to do so?

I got a wake-up call three years ago. Literately. Couldn’t sleep on a hot summers eve. I was hit by a voice, loud and clear, saying: You have to start recording some of your tunes and make an album. My reaction was immediate: I began to tremble all over the place, and my brain was working overtime (not quite the condition to have a good sleep). It felt like a battle: my brains still on the opposite side (“Who on earth wants to hear your music?!”, “Do you REALLY think there’s even one person who’s willing to play on your album?!”, “What about the money? You have a family to support. This is WAY above your pay grade! You can’t afford it.”, “You’ll NEVER succeed!”), while my body was telling me to let go, to have faith, to believe for just once in my life…

I guess I don’t have to tell you, it was a… special night. But although I got just a few hours of rest, the day after I still felt energized. Despite my non-cooperative brain cells… So I came up with a suggestion. I said to my brain: “What if I consider this insane idea to be a seedling? Seeds need water. So I’ll water this seed a period. I nurture it and will see if this idea will ground. Maybe even grow some roots (the stronger, the better!), so it can evolve into a strong PLAN. How about that?”. Knowing that this ‘idea’ wasn’t the first one going to die before thoughts moved to deeds, Brains agreed.

And so my journey began. For at least three months I spoke to no one about my crazy idea (not even my wife!) while nurturing my seedling. And you know what? With the love and care on every hour, every day, week by week, my seed became a very young but strong tree, rooted in my heart. Stronger than I’ve ever imagined. And I started to believe that it could be possible. Despite all the fears my brains were throwing at me from time to time.

So what’s my motivation on this matter? Well, I guess you can say it’s a ‘calling’. A strong need to express. Whether people like it or not. It’s a kind of legacy for my only child, my beloved son, as well. Long when I’m gone, my music’s still reaching out to him. Another motivation is that I want to inspire to some extent. Because I believe music can. And hopefully, my music does. But that’s up to you!

Since I’ve started this musical journey, one thing I’m sure of. Whatever I will achieve, I’ll never regret the day I listened to my inner voice and started to nurture my seedling! It’s been exciting, thrilling, sometimes nerve-wracking, awesome, challenging but probably very fulfilling!

I wish you’ll find the courage to be quiet sometimes. Give your inner voice the opportunity to be revealed. Nurturing your seedlings is worth it!