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It’s that time again, when our man on the ground Desh Kapur Editor/Photographer All Music Magazine UK/Europe spotlights a bands or artists he thinks are going to have a big 2021 ; bands and artists we think you should check out to stay ahead of the curve
It is a great pleasure to introduce you to DUTCHKID!!! A super cool, alt/pop electronic collective, but Dutchkid is not your average band. Its six members include songwriters, producers, film-makers and graphic designers who create, record and produce their own music and art. Each member brings a certain set of skills to the table to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Dutchkid, are on an upward trajectory. Receiving Apple Music New Artist Spotlight of the Month slot and a BBC Introducing ‘Record Of The Week’ for 2021 single ‘Lemonade’,
“There’s a real kind of attack in their music; electronica that fizzes and pops in
your mind. It’s very early, but I like the progression of this band…”
Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1 (Future Artists)
So we decided it was time to have a little chat with Jordi and Jack from the band, to see where they came from, what they have been up to and what their plans for the future are.
What is the story behind your name?
Jordi van Dyk: I’m originally from South Africa and from an Afrikaans-speaking family which is similar to Dutch. I’ve always kept a note on my phone with potential band names and that’s the one that stuck
What first got you into music? or Who inspired you to make music?
Jordi: Growing up there was always an acoustic lying around. My mother was a guitar teacher at one point and was always super encouraging with learning how to play.
How did you all meet?
Jack Kircher: We’ve all slowly converged as friends over the years, it’s weird how it’s hard to pinpoint how we all met, but for me Dutchkid started when Jordi (vocals, bass, songwriter and producer) and Pete Coggan (vocals, keys, songwriter and producer) started writing songs together.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Jordi: Electronic based music with layered melodies and an alternative DIY edge.
What is your creative process like?
Jordi: It’s unpredictable and never the same process when I sit down to write/produce. It’s mostly inspired by the people and energy in the room and can go down many different paths, musically. We go at it until we stumble on something that really excites us.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Jack: Honne, Sylvan Esso, Jungle, Glass Animals, Laura Mvula, Miike Snow, Gorillaz, Jai Paul, Kimbra, Low Island, Lorde… we love all these artists!
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Jordi: Thank you for listening to our music, for sharing it and for reaching out to us. You all mean a great deal to us and we could not do this without you.
Jack: We can’t wait to play some music for all of you soon, it’s been too long!
What is the most useless talent you have?
Jordi: I think I may have completed Netflix.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Jordi: I don’t actually…
Jack: That would be bad news for anyone listening to me, so no.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Jordi: I’ve always had a love for aeroplanes; I think I would have loved to be a pilot, but in reality, I’d probably still be a barista. I love a good cup of coffee and the experience that goes along with it.
Jack: I actually studied civil engineering so without music and film I’d love to have gone into making sustainable buildings and communities.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Jack: We’ve played so many venues and spaces. A memorable one was selling out Camden Assembly. Feels strange sitting on a backstage toilet you 100% know Chris Martin or Matt Healy sat on at some stage haha!
Jordi: We play the Green Door in Brighton on the 8th December and at Oslo in Hackney on 10th December.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Jordi: Currently it’s one we’ll be releasing early September 2021 called ‘7 Billion’.
Jack: I love playing Temporary from our first record. We have this alternative version we play when we do the songs live and it always goes off when we play it.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Jordi: Chris Martin, Justin Vernon and Jon Bellion have always been heroes of mine.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Jack: Ssshhh… we couldn’t possibly say.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Jordi: “Sit down, be humble” (Kendrick Lamar) and “Celebrate others”.
What’s next for you?
Jordi: “We’re just so damn excited to get our debut album out. It’s been 2 years in the making and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
DUTCHKID GIG DATES
8th December Green Door Brighton
10th December Oslo in Hackney
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.