“How do you feel after meeting Dave Koz in person?” said a friend to us right after this interview’s done. For us it feels like meeting an old friend, or even a brother who hasn’t come back home for many years. Dave Koz has been a very successful artist, even listed as one of the most famous artist under Smooth Jazz category in the world, but here in South East Asia especially Indonesia he’s very special. Whether one like jazz or not, the name Dave Koz would surely be familiar. It’s very special, so special that he even made two Asian edition albums (Lucky Man and The Dance) where he added popular songs from this region such as Ruth Sahanaya’s hit “Keliru” and Sheila Majid’s “Sinaran”.
2 years ago he released “Hello Tomorrow” with all star cast and got the Grammy nomination. This album marked the 20th anniversary of his career which shows his positivity in dealing with changes. You can read what he said about the album and what message he wanted to send in the interview below.
Outside his activity on stage and studio, Dave is also concern about the humanitarian causes, especially to the suffering kids all around the world. He’s been joining Starlight Children’s Foundation and helping them constantly to raise money and awareness for this good cause. Then he also hosts the Dave Koz Cruise which provides a unique opportunity to hang out with the performers and many more highlights during a cruise to beautiful cities in Europe. Yes, he’s busy, but he still looks fresh and happy, not to mention his high energetic shows with full crowds at the Java Jazz Festival 2012.
How great it was to be able to personally greeted him on his return to Jakarta. A 10 minutes session was established by the help of the Java Festival Production, where we got more like friendly conversations rather than Q and A’s. He was delighted to know that some of his old songs were still occasionally played in some radio stations here in Indonesia. “I love hearing stories like that!” he said excitedly.
It’s been wonderful to see the special connection between you and the Indonesian fans. For us, you are really a very special artist. Are the Indonesian fans also that special to you?
Sure! I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t the case. so I’m always thrilled to come to Indonesia. I’ve been here since.. I think my first trip was in umm.. 1993. So almost twenty years of coming to Indonesia. I’ve seen many changes here, but one things remain consistent, since the very first time i put my feet under the ground here in Jakarta is that Indonesian people are very passionate and very special and they love their music. You love your music which make it easier for people like me to come here.
You started in 1990, with Emily, Nothing But the Radio On.. those songs are still played from time to time in some radio stations in Indonesia you know..
Oh really? That’s great!
And you released Hello Tomorrow in 2010. Besides the title, the cover kind of tell us many things…you know, you look up to the sky, smile happily, bright background, flowery landscape.. and the fact that you just changed label too after 20 years, we get some kind of impression that it’s like the beginning of a better tomorrow. What message do you actually want to tell us by this album?
The message in the album is really about change. Everybody, no matter where you lived in the world, no matter what you do, what age you’re at, right now, at this time period, it’s all about change. So many things change and so fast! And in my own life I was experiencing that. And i was feeling like a lot of people do with change.. disoriented, scary times, and through the making that project i realized a very important lesson, which was instead of fighting it, it’s better to say like, “okay, I’m gonna embrace it. I wanna embrace these changes, I wanna embrace the new aspects of my life and yes it’s true. I found a whole new reservoir of life, a whole new inspiration. and so when it did coincide with new label, with new producers, with new ways of recording in this album, the whole album was all done in live, new friends in the studio, so alot of new. As a result, i’m very happy and excited about, you know after you do something for so many years you’d feel like this is the end of my career. But by making this album, i felt like, okay, this is a new beginning.