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Candy Dulfer In Conversation

 When I heard Candy Dulfer's new CD 'Crazy' I was absolutely flabbergasted.  This is not a 'sit down and listen to' CD.  It's a 'get up and move' CD.  From the first track 'Stop All That Noise' to the cool jazz ending of 'Too Close', Ms. Dulfer took me on a wonderful high energy adventure.  Not only that, this collaboration with Black Eyed Peas producer and musical director Printz Board makes for a perfect album and is a complete 'must listen'.

JazzReview: Tell us about your early musical experience.  What was it like coming from a musical family?

Candy Dulfer: My father is a famous tenor sax player and there was always music in the house and musicians coming over.  I would stand on stage with my dad when he was performing and sing or play the tambourine.  When I was five years old, I asked if I could play my father's soprano sax and from that moment I was a sax player.

JazzReview: Were there any particular saxophone players that you were into or who influenced you the most?

Candy Dulfer: My father is still a big influence and then of course there are players such as Maceo Parker, David Sanborn, Sonny Rollins, Grover Washington and Cannonball Adderley.

JazzReview: Why music? What got you into it?  Why are you passionate about it?

Candy Dulfer: I sort of fell into it but gradually, apart from really liking it; I began to understand that I was made to do this and that this is my role in society.  I'm passionate about music, jazz and pop in particular.  It's strange that as an art form it's often taken for granted and taken less seriously than, for instance, the visual arts.  Music touches everybody in the whole wide world, no matter what race, poor or rich, primitive or cultured.  Everybody uses the soothing and uplifting effect of music.

JazzReview: The one question that is most important to me when I think of you and your sound is how you conceived that sound and how this concept was actually developed.

Candy Dulfer: Actually I started without a clue.  I wanted to play tenor but got stuck with the alto so I sounded a bit rough, but later that came in handy.  I have a big sound, I play on a big mouthpiece, and no one can accuse me of sounding like a girl on the sax!  Then I came across Maceo and David Sanborn and decided I wanted to sound like them.  In the end I know that where you fail to exactly copy your heroes that becomes your own signature sound.

JazzReview: What are you most proud of and on the flip side is there any session you wish you could do over?

Candy Dulfer: I'm most proud of the fact that every note I've played in my life has been sincere.  I have never recorded a song to fit a format or to earn more money.  I value that.  I'm happy no situation has ever forced me to do otherwise.  I guess I've been lucky.  In my view a lot of sessions could've been better.  For years I wanted to re-do my part on 'Lily Was Here' until I finally realized that it was perfect and beautiful in all its imperfections, especially for the 17 year old that I was when I recorded that song.

JazzReview: I absolutely love your new CD 'Crazy'.  The opening track 'Stop All That Noise' puts you in the party mood and from there anything can, and does, happen.  This CD shows us a different Candy Dulfer.  What single piece of it says most about 'This is who I am'?

Candy Dulfer: Thanks!  The whole CD is me but all different aspects of my personality but having said that, I do like 'Complicated Lives', 'I Do' and 'In Or Out' the most.

JazzReview: Your collaboration with Printz Board is so full of energy.  What was it like to work with him?

Candy Dulfer: He's the ideal producer, a great guy who is in it for the right reasons.  He's a real musician with chops but has his ears all wide open to let in any new creative wave that's floating around.  I truly love him and he made this album sound amazing.

JazzReview: What inspires you and how do you connect with the source of your creativity?

Candy Dulfer: Live performances by great artist always give me a lot of inspiration.  I just need a good reed, a nice sound and great musicians around me then I'm ready to create.

JazzReview: What advice would you give to new musicians entering the music industry?

Candy Dulfer: I'm really bad at giving advice, but I guess just have fun and try to be alert when people are trying to take advantage from you.  Don't be too paranoid either.  Be open to new ideas and don't forget that it's the teamwork that makes music fun.  In the end the things I value most are the interactions with all the great musicians I've played with and the special bond with the audience.

JazzReview: What can we expect from you in the future?

Candy Dulfer: I will keep trying to bring my music forward and hopefully release a live DVD this year or next.  I will be doing a lot of touring in 2012 and hopefully continue some nice side jobs like hosting a radio show and producing for television.  I'm also starting a clothing line.

JazzReview: Thank you so much Candy for this interview.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Candy Dulfer
  • Interview Date: January 2012
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