Growing up in the port city of Rotterdam, Hans-Peter de Zeeuw found his early interests lay elsewhere than the traditional careers many of his peers pursued. From a young age, there was an itch underneath his skin that longed to be scratched. At nine years old, Hans-Peter took his first drum lesson, and it was there, pounding away at his skin with passion and fervor, that he discovered his calling. This awakening would set him on a path much different than anyone expected.
Now known by his stage name "d'Z," Hans-Peter has spent years working on his craft. Through consistent dedication to perfecting his blend of old school rhythms with modern flavors, d'Z has carved out a name for himself on the global music scene. His latest single "Something New," released on December 1st, reflects on d'Z's journey while also looking forward to uncharted sonic territory. At just over six minutes, the track is ambitious in both its scope and its groove. With biting guitars, blaring brass, a pulsating bassline, and drums that command your feet to move, "Something New" seamlessly blends complex musicianship with addictive danceability. It's no wonder funk has endured for generations - within its short runtime, the track achieves the sort of musical euphoria that transports listeners of all stripes.
The song builds with slow-burning intensity. Wailing guitar chords set the scene while the brass section dances on the hook. Drums enter with a rolling backbeat, as keyboards shimmer with atmosphere. Layer by layer, elements are added until a funk volcano has erupted. Yet even in its most climactic moments, there is space – an openness that harkens back to jazz's improvisational roots. Each section flows effortlessly into the next as the six-minute runtime flies by. Extended instrumentals allow talents to shine without veering into self-indulgence.
While paying tribute to the masters who came before him, Hans-Peter de Zeeuw demonstrates in "Something New" that he still has room left to grow in his art. On this track, he reinvigorates tradition with a fresh perspective, proving that after all these years he remains as hungry to challenge himself as when he first picked up his instrument. For those on the hunt for sounds that feel at once nostalgic and new, "Something New" is a showcase of one artist's constant evolution of the soul. It serves as an invitation to embark on the next stage of d'Z's musical journey alongside him.