The Likt frontman Jordy Dijkshoorn gets off the nightlife, drugs and his band

The Likt frontman Jordy Dijkshoorn gets off the nightlife, drugs and his band
The Likt frontman Jordy Dijkshoorn gets off the nightlife, drugs and his band

He paces back and forth, from the backstage area to the balcony in the auditorium. From there Jordy Dijkshoorn (32) has a view of his two musical friends in De Likt. In the meantime, Giorgi Kuiper and John van Beek are soundchecking in the Rotterdam pop stage Annabel, where they will present their latest album that evening: Ctrl-Alt-Delikt. A home game, and immediately the last for Van Beek, who will stop after this show.

The rest of this tour will follow for Kuiper and Dijkshoorn, but then it’s over for them too. The Lick stops. “When we started we were three young cocks,” the statement that appeared on Instagram just before the show in Annabel. “Now it feels good to end this phase with a dignified goodbye. We hope to see you again.” The priorities lie elsewhere. As a result of his upcoming fatherhood, Van Beek speaks of a new phase of life, in which touring life no longer fits. Kuiper thinks it’s time for the next chapter. And according to frontman Dijkshoorn, that chapter doesn’t have to be rock ‘n’ roll.

As youngsters, they plunged into the live circuit with their rousing mix of electronic funk, hip-hop and pumping bass. First they made a name for themselves in and around Rotterdam, and after the single ‘Ja Dat Bedoel Ik’ and the parody ‘Praat Rotterdams Met Me’ they grew to Lowlands, Zwarte Cross, Pinkpop and more, with frontman Dijkshoorn invariably in or on the audience. ended up.

De Likt is known for its boundless energy. Once off the podium Dijkshoorn is calm and composed. “I went all in, maybe a little too much when I look back now. We performed so much, and I almost always hung out afterwards to go for mesh.” According to him, it never stopped at drinking one beer with the fans. An artist’s life full of drink and drugs followed. “I need more time for myself. It’s good luck. During the week I have a job as a window cleaner. Now I also have the weekend off. I love that.”

Embracing the Black Hole

He is not afraid of the black hole. “That’s exactly what I embrace,” he says while overlooking the crowded Rotterdam Biergarten from the backstage. Pointing: “I always stood there, but I don’t want to think about it anymore. Let me sit quietly on my boat and watch a series.” He underlines his chorus on the bass line of ‘Alleen’, a song from the new album: “I always have people around me / but if it gets a bit too busy somewhere, I immediately flee!”

I just want to be fit. No more touching alcohol, cigarettes or drugs

On that album you can also hear that he wants to bleed for his actions. “I never took my responsibilities and ran away from everything,” he says. “It made me estranged from my family. When I did come to a birthday, I had the feeling that I didn’t belong. ‘You’re hardly ever there,’ I was then told. That was a reality check. Then I realized that I didn’t see my nieces and nephews grow up because I was always busy with myself. I gave a shit about everything, both on stage and off it. That’s why De Likt suddenly went so fast. But it’s also the reason I’ve lost respect for myself and my family.”

He attributes his behavior largely to his drug addiction. “I am very addicted, mainly to cocaine. On stage I just performed, but at some point I thought I really needed it. That I couldn’t function without it. When I didn’t feel like going to a show, I called the dealer. Then it was ‘hop’, and I could go back to it.”

Colleague Giorgi Kuiper had already decided that the group would work towards an end, but a completely different plan had been laid out for that. “My addiction is not the only reason that De Likt stops. It is a confluence of circumstances. But I want to tell you this now because I want to be honest. I just hope that if I try to do good, an inner peace will come over me.”

‘Not a nice boy’

Visibly emotional, he says: “I have not been a nice boy. Lying and manipulation have not helped anyone. When I recently passed out and used again, I saw my father’s grief. And that while our bond has only grown closer, because we are honest with each other and talk about our feelings. We allow each other more and more. It’s hard, I’m still in the early stages of my recovery. But I don’t want to look back on my life and be sad about it.”

“I just want to be fit. No more touching alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. I also no longer have the constant urge to have your full attention,” he adds. Shortly afterwards, on the stage in Annabel, the calm Dijkshoorn makes way for those wild brats that Rotterdam loves so much. After two songs he is already surfing over the pogoing crowd. But live De Likt has long ceased to revolve around Dijkshoorn alone. Van Beek still remains calm in his dark corner, playing on his synthesizer, but Giorgi Kuiper dances and sings more theatrically than before.

The show is full of theatrical aspects – a tamer costume including a top hat with which Dijkshoorn allows the visitors to act as a human circus ring, a bone-dry piece text to speechtechnology and glitchy retro visuals. The key combination Ctrl-Alt-Delikt was finally pressed after almost one and a half hours of ramming: “Thank you Rotterdam, for ten years De Likt!”

“I still think the stage is great,” Dijkshoorn says backstage afterwards. “Maybe it will come again, but when can we leave it in the middle. We finish this tour and then it has been beautiful for a while.”

The Lick plays on 8/9 in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, then 15/9 Oosterpoort Groningen, 22/9 Hedon, Zwolle and 29/9 013, Tilburg. More data:

The article is in Dutch

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