Daniel Ray Van Zyl aka ‘Placid Larry ‘ is a South African born electronic music producer. Daniel took a great liking to electronic music while in school where he started collecting records, and was soon playing in clubs and lounges around ‘Gauteng‘ (South Africa).
He then moved to England and played in London, Brixton and Southampton.
He currently lives in Bahrain where he has held a residency in a restaurant / lounge for the past four years.

His influences are vast – from trip-hop through jazz and house to drum & bass.
Daniel has been honing his skills as a producer working on a variety of house and downtempo styles. Daniel endeavors to make deep melodic soundscapes, stemming straight from his heart.

The Placid Larry debut “Melancholy Light” was released in most digital download stores worldwide in 2012.
The preceding album “12″ is scheduled for April 2013.

Pretty On Harvard

Pretty On Harvard

“Pretty On Harvard” is Placid Larry’s fourth album outing with German Chillout label Lemongrassmusic. This new album is a contemporary reminder of those formative influences as Placid Larry touches on his roots here with a precise blend of Jazz, Chill-Hop, Trip-Hop and Chill Out…

Thoughtful Machines

Thoughtful Machines

„Thoughtful Machines“ is the third album by South Africa based music producer Placid Larry alias Daniel Ray van Zyl. Mindful of the fact that understanding and embracing different cultures is paramount in human evolution, the 12 tracks on „Thoughtful Machines“ are a liberation of these ideals which take the listener on an adventure across the world – from the calming influences of the East to the formulaic repetitions of the West resting on the African soul from which this music stems….

12

12

12 short stories encompassing a refined outlook on downtempo and broken beats without sacrificing the necessary. An uncomplicated array of work focused around the idea of simplicity .

Melancholy Light

Melancholy Light

The album title “Melancholy Light” is almost like a play on words which seems to point at different directions . The simple thinking behind the album and its title is that of something representing both sadness and happiness, both dark and light. Melancholy meaning deep sadness and light meaning the source of life – happiness, growth, warmth, understanding…