March 1st 2017 sees the release of 'Driven by Daylight', the first solo outing of Evert Z. After ten years of being an in demand session guitarist in the Netherlands, as well as creating a successful YouTube channel, he thinks the time is right for a new step.
"Not many people know this, but releasing my own instrumental EP had been on my bucket list for years," says Evert Z (real name: Evert Zeevalkink) on the eve of the release of 'Driven by Daylight'. A veteran of the Dutch music scene, Zeevalkink worked as a session guitarist and producer with a variety of famous Dutch artists over the past ten years, among them Tim Akkerman, Ed Struijlaart, The New Shining, Ilse DeLange and Dotan. The past few years however, he has been busy outside of session work as well, steadily building a worldwide audience through his guitar-looping videos on YouTube – which have amassed over 1,2 million views as of writing.
That is also the reason that Zeevalkink started expanding upon his music: "My videos, where I play instrumental songs and soundscapes with the help of my loop pedal, have found an audience all over the world. Which is great, but at the same time I thought it was time to take my music to the next level, and started writing more elaborate instrumental songs."
No longer tied to the limitations of a loop pedal, songs emerged that are both melodic and adventurous. Some small and open – like 'Chronicle' – some ending in an epic wall of sound, like 'The Gotthard Dilemma'. Zeevalkink: "That's a result of my many sources of inspiration. One time it's bands like Sigur Rós or Pink Floyd, the other time it's artists like Tycho or Nils Frahm."
Though the guitar is the most important melodic instrument on all songs, they stay far away from the virtuoso guitar genre that rose to fame in the Eighties. The use of many elements from electronic music and a layered production saw to that. Zeevalkink: "I wanted to create music that was driven by melody, like the songs of my favorite singer-songwriters. And I wanted to create a production that has a cinematic quality, the kind that takes you on a journey when you put your headphones on." He smiles. "If I've achieved that last part, I'm a happy man!"
released February 28, 2017
Played, produced and mixed by Evert Zeevalkink
Drums on track 3 and 5: Maarten Hemmen
Additional synths on track 2, 3, 4 and 5: Jack van de Ven