In the dynamic world of music, where talents emerge from unexpected corners, Dutchman’s story is one of discovery, evolution, and dedication. Formed in 2017, this Delaware-based rock band emerged from a serendipitous chain of events, igniting a creative journey that would lead to their distinct place in modern music.
The band’s foundation was laid when Jake Dutcher, driven by his musical aspirations, posted an ad seeking fellow musicians. Responding to his call was Connor Johnson, together they embarked on a trek that would forever shape their destiny. This journey achieved its first milestone in February 2019, with the release of their debut EP, “A Broken Man’s Life.” This marked the initial spark of Dutchman’s presence in the music world, showcasing their ability to craft emotive and authentic rock music.
However, the progress doesn’t stop there. Dutchman’s lineup expanded in 2020, with the addition of Drummer Fez (Yamir Alica-Rivera), Guitarist Garrett Gravatt, and Keyboardist/Bassist Franco Solorzano. This expansion heralded a new era for the band, as they united their talents and influences to cultivate the distinctive sound that defines them today.
The year 2020 proved to be a significant turning point, as Dutchman released not one, but two EPs: “Dutchman Vol. 1” in March and “Dutchman Vol. 2” in July. These releases exemplified the band’s unwavering work ethic and dedication to their craft. Drawing inspiration from classic and modern rock influences, Dutchman seamlessly blends nostalgic elements with fresh, youthful energy, resulting in a sound that resonates across generations.
Rooted in the small town of Frederica, Delaware, Dutchman’s music reflects their working-class background and their joint passion for creating music that speaks to everyone. The challenges of the pandemic were no match for their determination. They used this time to refine their sound even further. This effort bore fruit with their release of “Hey Now” in November 2021. This well received single stands as a testament to their ability to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity.
5 years into the trip, 2022 saw Dutchman’s journey reach new heights with the release of “Going Nowhere,” a single that offered a tantalizing taste of their upcoming full-length album, aptly titled “Roll This in Your Pipe and Smoke It.” With a growing portfolio of over 55 publications nationwide, and streams in 79 countries around the world, Dutchman’s commitment to their craft and musical prowess continue to capture the attention of music enthusiasts worldwide.
Dutchman’s trajectory is far from slowing down, evident in their forthcoming double single release. “On The Run” (A-side) and “Springfield 79” (B-side) are slated for release October 5th across all streaming platforms. 2023 will be showcasing a definitive Dutchman, with the first ever Dutchman composition to be written on a ukulele & the addition of Drummer/Percussionist Wesley Vinton joining the fold. “On The Run” delivers the magic that vital keyboardist Franco Solorzano can create with just two chords and an attitude. Moreover, “Springfield ‘79” is set to be a sonic punch in the face of an action-packed electric guitar driven instrumental. These singles promise to present the band at the peak of their artistic expression thus far, setting the stage for an exciting new chapter in their musical journey.
Their accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In July 2022, Dutchman’s 2021 release, “Dutchman Vol. 3,” earned them two nominations for hometown hero awards: ‘Best EP’ and ‘Best Hard Rock Song’ for their track “Landslide.” These nominations confirm the testament of impact Dutchman’s music has made on their community and beyond.
Dutchman’s music is a powerful blend of passion, talent, and unyielding determination. Their voyage from a chance online ad to the global stage serves as inspiring evidence of the limitless possibilities that await those who pursue their dreams with unwavering commitment. As they continue to craft music that resonates with fans far and wide, Dutchman’s story is a reminder that even from the humblest of beginnings, greatness can emerge.