For those of you who might be interested (haha), here’s a summary of my musical life up till now.
Started lessons in musical theory & ensemble playing at the age of 8. At 11 years old, got my first private lessons in classical guitar. After 2 years realized this was not the path for me in a musical perspective, so my dad got me an electric guitar and amplifier (Fender Strat with a Princeton). I’ll never forget the first notes I played on that guitar, it changed my life instantly.
After a few years of playing on my own or with friends in the seclusion of our bedrooms, decided the time was ripe to start to search for a real band. I then met the groovy chaps of a metal band called ‘Shadowgate’ and they were looking for musicians to start something new. From that quest Rivercrest was born, a large collective of spaced out jammers that came out of the ashes of the metal-band gone astray. Until this day we are still around (at some times a bit more active than others) bursting out our psyched out instantly improvised freak-outs.
Improvising is a lot of fun, but at one point the urge for something more structured came to be. So in 2005 together with Filip Remans & Jouk Op De Beeck, Wheel of Smoke was created out of some groovy jam sessions. This is a band in which we wanted to pour our musical tastes, influences and personal style into real songs. Later we were joined by Tristan Michiels on bass and Johan Overloop on Analogue synths. 4 LP’s, 1 EP and 1 Live album have been birthed. We had the pleasure of being the afterparty closing band of Desertfest Antwerp 2015 and have done countless gigs in venues and festivals all over Belgium, Holland and Germany. Since 2019 we are happy to be part of Polderrecords, a kick ass DIY indi-label that is the home of several class act bands such as Cowboys&Aliens, Atomic Vulture, Motsus, and Beaten By Hippies. So make sure to give https://polderrecords.be a visit!
Around 2008, the indie-folk-grunge-rock band Grant Moff Tarkin was searching for a bass player, and as I always wanted to try playing the bass and was a big fan of their music, I didn’t need a lot of persuasion for joining them. I had immense fun recording and gigging with this band, but after a few years and countless drummers, it softly disbanded. Huddie (founder member guitarist songwriting wizard) is still going solo under the moniker ‘Slow Bear’, and I strongly recommend you check him out!
In 2010, my good friends of Dorre asked me to join them in one of their jams, and they liked it so much that they asked me to join them permanently. We’ve been writing gloomy & atmospheric doomed & stoned out compositions, released 1 EP, a Split LP with the Danish doomsters Bethmoora. We too had the pleasure of playing Desertfest Antwerp 2016. 2019 saw the light of our first full album ‘Fall River’. We are currently building our own little rehearsal/studio space and will keep on writing and recording new music in the coming years for sure!
In 2012 I joined Yaya & The Lazy Love Band on bass guitar. One album was recorded called ‘Travellin’, on which I played on half of the songs. This was the brainchild of Yaya aka Arianne Musschoots. Many good times were had, but the band disbanded around the end of 2015. Out of the ashes of this band came yet another project called GLOED. This is a collective with a lot of different influences and a collective passion for heavy jazzy grooves and weird, contra-establishment lyrical content, brought to you in our native language, Dutch (or Limburgs).
2013 and 2014 I went on tour with In Gowan Ring as a session musician playing the electric sitar, electric guitar and percussion. This brought me to Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Switserland and Germany. You can find some videos of our gig in Copenhagen in the video section. I have many fond memories of this adventure.
2015 brought another project to life with Ivolve (Ivo Rensen). We came up with some nasty sounding electro-industrial tracks, and made an albums worth of material, which you can find on Soundcloud under Ivolve&Etherik. That year, I also made some live recordings with a Rivercrest spinoff called BarnTree. You can find some exclusive live recordings (at Hnita Hoeve Underground and De Loft) of this short lived freak-out psych band, also on Soundcloud.
In 2016 I joined Gert as the bassplaying sidekick together with Yorick playing the cajon (that wooden boxy thing), and since 2019 also joined by Erza on accordeon and banjo. We play Dutch protest songs in an acoustic punk fashion.
All the while since 1999 I’ve been writing and recording music on my own, first as ‘GööR’ and since 2008 as ‘Etherik’. My most recent work is available at etherik.bandcamp.com
1999 – 2006: Active solo under the pseudonym ‘GööR’ making several
(un)official DIY cd-r albums
2003: Founder member of Rivercrest playing the electric guitar
2005: Founder member of Wheel of Smoke playing the electric guitar
2006: Changed ‘GööR’ pseudonym to ‘Etherik’, making several
(un)official DIY cd-r & digital albums
2006: Graduated High School as Guitar Builder in Boom, Belgium
2008: Joined Grant Moff Tarkin playing electric bass guitar
2010: Joined Dorre playing electric guitar
2010: Founder member of Cave Inn as multi-instrumentalist
2012: Founder member of Yaya & The Lazy Love Band playing electric bass
2015: Founder member of GLOED playing electric bass & vocals
2015: Founder member of BarnTree playing electric guitar
2015: Founder member of project Ivolve&Etherik playing electric bass guitar,
electric guitar, vocals & producing
2016: Joined Gert (Kleinpunk) playing electric bass guitar & backing vocals)
2018-2019: Producer/Studio Engineering course at HYPE studio in Mechelen, Belgium
2019 – 2020: In house Producer at Hype Studio, Belgium
2020: Full Time Sound Engineer & Studio Employee at Transkript VZW in Hasselt, Belgium