David Hodek

David Hodek grew up in a small village near Komarno a town on both the Slovak and the Hungarian shore of the Danube. He is fluent in Slovak, Hungarian and English. Both David’s father and grandfather are musicians and his mother teaches ballet.

His passionate relationship with the drums started in the year 2000 when, at the age of 3, when he became fascinated by the actions of the famous Earth, Wind & Fire drummer, Sonny Emory. While this was indeed a child’s game, his parents, with their experienced ears and eyes immediately noticed that his playing was incredibly exact for a 3 year old child.

As David’s interest in drumming grew, his father Szilard turned to a highly respected professor at the jazz department of a Music Conservatory in Budapest, Hungary, professor Vilmos Jávori, who became David’s first drum teacher.

Later on but still at the tender age of 4 a few musician, colleagues of David’s grandfather, formed a Blues Band and invited David to be the drummer. His first professional debut was with this band.
In 2008 he founded the David Hodek Quartet formation, and in 2009 this great formation of professional  musicians sealed its work by a debut album, THE FIRST. (Click on Discography to see more albums)

At the age of 12 he was awarded the prestigious prize: The Talent of the year 2009, by the  Austrian Music Office.

In November of 2012 David became an international Zildjian endorser. Click here

During his visit in the US in 2013 David has attended many venues and worked with many respected artists such as Ron Affif or Bill Sax

In the year 2015, David has played with the famous Gustav Brom Big Band and toured over Europe.

David is an official international Zildjian endorser. He has played as a member of various formations alongside many respected artists and jazz musicians, such as George Cables, Essiet Essiet, Radovan Tariška, Ondrej Krajňák, Tomáš Baroš, Juraj Bartoš, Tomáš Gajlik, Oskar Rózsa, Soweto Kinch, Corcoran Holt, Casey Benjamin, Benito Gonzalez, Eric Wyatt, Mark Kelly, Corey Wilkes or Ron Affif. His talent was acknowledged by such masters like John Pattituci, Poogie Bell, Jojo Mayer, Chris Dave, Kenwood Dennard etc.

David draws his inspiration from such artists as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Art Blakey, Phily Joe Jones, Jeff “Tain“ Watts, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Chris Dave, Brian Blade, Stevie Wonder and so on.

Although David remains focused on playing the drums, he is very active in composing and producing music of all genres for various artists.
His parents guide him with great sensitivity. He has idols in intellectual endeavors, arts, music and sports but still retains his creative individuality and his humble approach to life. He accepts his success very soberly, realizing that (as he said at the age of 11) “It is 10% talent and 90% hard work”, and he follows through with his mature understanding to reach his goal of becoming an outstanding human being as well as a great musician.

Thank you for visiting my website.

Some of my thoughts about life, love, and music:

Shakespeare wrote “… music is the food of love…” to many, including myself it’s a lot more; it’s a means to communicate every imaginable sentiment of life – It can be joyful or very sad.  It is a language without words and thus without borders; it is universal yet very personal.  It’s entertainment because it touches the soul.
Written music is the interpretation of a composer’s soul, thus it is restrictive.

The simple folk around the world communicate from soul to soul by the use of spontaneous improvisation which exposes their soul – that’s what Jazz is all about!

It is only sinc
e the beginning of the 20th century that jazz started gaining it’s rightful place in the world of culture.

When musicians play in public, harmony amongst all who play   hear the music makes the sounds meaningful and great.

Ever since I can remember I have tried to share my feelings with my fellow musicians as well as the audience.  Hopefully this comes across in the music you have heard me and my friends play and thus you were able to share some of the excitement and joy I feel when I am playing.

Your thoughts would be very much appreciated so do feel free to send me an e-mail with comments and/or questions.

Again thank you and God bless you.

David Hodek