Born to a conservative family in Rotterdam, gateway to Europe, the life of Dutch drummer and composer Hans-Peter de Zeeuw a.k.a d'Z changed at the age of nine when he took his first drum lesson. He sat down behind the drumkit, the feel of the drumstick comfortable as if they had been waiting for this moment to meet. He knew he was destined to be a drummer.
By 19, d'Z attended the largest conservatory for pop, jazz and world music in Europe, being taught by leading musicians of the Netherlands. He thrived while exploring the richness of music's different styles and genres. It wasn't long before d'Z was a sought-after drummer known for his inherent sense of groove and ability to allow fellow musicians to shine. With his career as a professional drummer in full swing, d'Z took to composing his own music. Giving voice to the melodies that filled him and finding inspiration from Incognito, Steely Dan, The Brand New Heavies, Tower of Power and Gino Vannelli.
It wasn't until the summer of 2016, d'Z decided to record. His mandate was simple. An EP of music made without concessions. He hand chose five original tunes with the Jazz-Funk flavor he so loved and went straight to his favorite producer, Raoul Soentken. The two began making plans to record ''Connected'' using some of Holland's finest musicians. In the very early stages of the journey, it was clear each song demanded a different vocalist which would prove to be a challenge the duo took on with gusto.
The participation of Katie Le'one (Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, Anastacia), lifted the project to a higher level. There was a buzz forming in the local music scene. Comments like ''What a pleasant surprise'', ''This is a HOT production'' and ''You guys sound brilliant on this'', were heard over and over again. After having recorded four out of five tunes (with Freddi Lubitz, a German singer,kick-ass bass player, Ingmar Glerum, a Dutch young vocal,guitar talent and Adriana Romeijn, a well-known singer in the Netherlands) there was one song proving difficult to find the right vocalist. Searching for the perfect fit, d'Z asked two times Grammy nominee Sandra St Victor (Prince, The Family Stand, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield) to lend her soulful voice to the title song ''Connected''. She accepted and the rest, as they say, is history.
d'Z's much-anticipated album ''Connected'' was released June 2nd, 2018. With his often socially conscious lyrics and groove-based songs, d'Z feels the need to reach out, connect and - if only for a brief time - give people a place to feel love, hope and lightness. In the summer of 2019, the song Conviction featuring Freddi Lubitz reached #1 for several weeks on the Jazz Juice Radio indie-charts in the UK. Nowadays, 4 out of 5 tunes from his debut album can be heard regularly at radio stations around the globe.