Bio & Discography

I have been a musician almost all my life. I started lessons in musical theory & ensemble playing at the age of 8. By the time I was 11 years old, I got my first private lessons in classical guitar. After 2 years, I realized this was not the path for me in a musical perspective, so I asked my parents to buy me an electric guitar and amp, which they were so kind to do. I’ll never forget the first notes I played on that guitar, it changed my life instantly. Quickly I wanted to be able to play solos like Jimi Hendrix & Alvin Lee that I heard on my dads records (my dad helped a lot in developing my musical tastes, and I’m forever grateful), so I started practicing in playing along. After a while I discovered a whole spectrum of other music like Captain Beefheart, Gong, all the great grunge bands, John Frusciante, Aphex Twin,… and the list kept getting bigger.

After a few years of playing on my own or with friends in the seclusion of our bedrooms, I 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. However fun improvising can be, I wanted something more structured. Together with Filip Remans & Jouk Op De Beeck, Wheel of Smoke was created, in which we wanted to pour our musical tastes and influences into real songs. We have 3 LP’s, 1 EP and 1 Live album in our discography, were the afterparty closing band of Desertfest Antwerp 2015 and have done countless gigs in venues and festivals all over Belgium, Holland and Germany. 

At some point 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 agreed on joining. I had immense fun recording and gigging with this band, but after a few years it softly disbanded because of personal life endeavours and such. Huddie (founder member guitarist songwriting wizard) is still doing his thing 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 and a Split LP with the Danish doomsters Bethmoora, and played on Desertfest 2016, which was an awesome experience and great honor. 2019 saw the light of our first full album ‘Fall River’.

In 2012 I joined Yaya & The Lazy Love Band on bass guitar. One album was recorded on which I played on half of the songs, and the band disbanded at 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.

2015 also brought another project to life with Ivolve. We came up with some nasty sounding electro-industrial tracks, and made an albums worth of material.

In 2016 I joined Gert as the bassplaying sidekick together with Yorick on the cajon. We play Dutch protest songs in an acoustic punk fashion.

All the while I’ve been recording and writing music on my own, first as ‘GööR’ and since 2008 as ‘Etherik’. My most recent work is available at etherik.bandcamp.com 

Timeline:

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 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

 

 

Discography:

– Etherik ‘Shipwrecks’ (2009 Tired Trails Collective CD-r, ltd. 40 copies)

– Grant Moff Tarkin ‘Long Lost Son’ (2010 private pressing CD, ltd. 500 copies)

– Grant Moff Tarkin ‘Stormy Weather Blues’ (2012 private pressing CD,
ltd. 500 copies)

– Rivercrest ‘Etherische Chemie’ (2007 Funeral Folk CD-r, ltd. 88 copies)

– Wheel of Smoke ‘In Sense’ (2011, private pressing CD, ltd. 500 copies)

– V.A. ‘Sounds for the Geniculate Ganglion’ (2011 Xtraplex Records, track contribution: Etherik – Planet Reset)

– Rivercrest ‘Rivercrest’ (2012 private pressing CD, ltd. 500 copies)

– Rivercrest ‘Vault Recordings 2003-2012’ (2012 private pressing CD-r,
ltd. 50 copies)

– Wheel of Smoke ‘Signs of Saturn (2013 private pressing,
ltd. 1000 CD/500 black vinyl)

– Wheel of Smoke ‘Enter The Pyramid’ (2015)

– Yaya & The Lazy Love Band ‘Travellin’ (2015 CD private pressing)

– Ivolve&Etherik ‘Presenting…) (2016 private pressing CD-r)

– split LP Dorre/Bethmoora (2016 private pressing LP,
ltd. 200 splattered/100 black vinyl)

– LP Wheel of Smoke ‘Mindles Mass’ (2016 private pressing ltd. 250 copies)

– Etherik ‘Geisha Tanssi’ (2016)

– Etherik ‘Borderless’ (2017)

– Etherik ‘Dust Collector’ (2017)

– Etherik ‘Onmyõdõ’ (2018)

– Etherik ‘Shipwrecks Revisited’ (2018)

– Etherik ‘Drive Waves’ (2018)

– 12″ LP Dorre ‘Fall River’ (2019 private pressing ltd. 100 splattered/200 black vinyl)

– EP GLOED ‘Sleep’ (2019) 

Productions & Collaborations:

– 12″ LP ‘Persische Tapijten’ by Sylvester Anfang II (bass on track ‘Etherik’)

– Rumiñahui ‘Qispi Tuta Tusuy’ (2014 CD-r private pressing) (role: producer, recording engineer, mixing, electric guitar,
acoustic bass, percussion)

– *Gert* ‘Ongepast Vrolijk’ (2016 private pressing CD ltd. 500 copies / 50 cassestes)
(role: recording engineer, mixing, electric bass,
percussion, backing vocals)

– ‘La Bateleuse’ by Brecht Goudesone (2017 private pressing CD 500 copies)
(role: recording engineer, mixing, mastering)

– ‘Brin De Musette ‘ by Brecht Goudesone
(2017 private pressing CD 500 copies)
(role: recording engineer, mixing, mastering)

– EP *Gert* ‘Niets Meer/Niets Minder’ (2019 private pressing CD ltd. 500 copies/ 35 cassettes)