DI-RECT is an alternative rock band from the Netherlands. The band has played over a 1000 shows, recorded 6 studio albums and topped the charts numerous times. With its explosive, energetic live shows and melodic rock driven songs, DI-RECT is a highly appreciated act in and outside the Netherlands.
Founded in 1999, DI-RECT soon met with success with their first single ‘Just the way I do’ and a golden debut album ‘Discover’. For the past 12 years, the band has had a lot of airplay at all the major radio stations in the Netherlands. Through the years, DI-RECT has built a great live reputation by playing at major festivals like Lowlands, Pinkpop and many others.
After having spent 10 years together, lead singer Tim Akkerman decided mid 2009 to quit as the singer of DI-RECT and focus on a solo career. The rest of the band was shocked, but decided not to give up.
At the end of 2009, the group repacked themselves and gained not only one but two new band members: Marcel Veenendaal as their new lead singer and Vince van Reeken, who joined the band on keys. Which made DI-RECT a five piece band, consisting of Marcel Veenendaal (vocals), Spike van Zoest (guitar), Bas van Wageningen (bass), Jamie Westland (drums) and Vince van Reeken (keys).
Exploding with energy and creativity, the band’s goal was to reinvent themselves musically and to share their new found sound with the world.
The first joint single ‘Times Are Changing’ was released on the 9th of November in 2009 and became an immediate hit. Within a week after its release the single hit the number 1 spot in the Dutch charts.
After the release of 'Times are Changing', DI-RECT retreated into the studio. Together with the producer James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, The Wombats, Noisettes), they spend months in The Hague, Liverpool and London to record their first album as a new collective: ‘This Is Who We Are’. The album immediately entered the ‘Album top 100’ at #3 and it was received with glowing and raving reviews. During their first festival tour after the album release, it became more than obvious that the audience had embraced DI-RECT in its new formation and with their new sound. Their national club tour only emphasized this by the number of sold out club shows.
By the end of 2010, after being on the road, playing numerous gigs, and sharing many special moments, the band is overflowing with inspiration and they retreat again to focus on their second album together. An intense period follows which the band uses to write new songs and record demos in their Basement Studio in The Hague, the band’s headquarters. When their new song ideas have taken shape, they join up with James Lewis again, this time to enter the ICP Studios in Brussels. The entire summer of 2011 is used to commute between The Hague, Brussels and the UK to record their latest album 'Time Will Heal Our Senses'.
On the 9th of September, when the band is still working on finishing the last songs for the album, the first single ‘The Chase’ was released. Again, with a lot of enthusiasm the single was picked up by all radio stations. 'The Chase' instantly became the most played song on the Dutch radio during September 2011.
In October 2011, the release of the album 'Time Will Heal Our Senses' is a fact and singles like 'Young Ones' and 'The Chase' found a home in many hearts of the Dutch audience. During the summer of 2012 DI-RECT played all major Dutch festivals again and once more the band proved to be one of the Netherlands’ most powerful live bands of the moment.
DI-RECT is ready to cross borders and share their music and energy with as many people as they can possibly reach.