Prins S. en de Geit: From protest song to dance rhythms with funny lyrics

In August 2021, a major nationwide protest Re-vote us From about a thousand musical institutions an appeal to politicians: “Give us back the night!” The Rotterdam parade with hundreds of dancers – dance fanatics, rockers and disco nerds – arrives at the Stadhuisplein with plenty of cheers and groovy bass. There are offers. A skinny artist with long, straight blonde hair named Prinze S. , the relatively unknown shaping pioneer Prinz SND Jet from The Hague, stirs up the frustrations of the nightlife world with fiery eyes and incomparable dance moves.

on the cover of Dance Without Religion’God DJseem: “This is my church, the place where I heal my pain. Love has blossomed, I have grown the child in me, the place of chaos and turmoil, of healing and comfort, where you forget all your suffering when the bass enters your body.” And the: “I miss my church. Jesus is allowed a whole room, but we don’t. […] Denny has been on hold for a year and a half now.

“Were you there? Oh illness Scott Pickuisen, 26, also known as Prince S.

He added the text of the protest to appear on the radio this week 3FM. “It was a wall of script that I quickly learned by heart. The next day we could suddenly hear the protesters at the Cancel the Silence protest. A rather overwhelming experience in that arena. We had no idea thousands of people would come.”

As a nocturnal animal locked in cages in a pandemic, it was hard for a 20-something to imagine at the time: an ordinary life with encounters at night. Now he says, sipping coffee in a large café near his home in central The Hague, that it’s almost impossible to remember what it was like back then, when, sitting at home, nightlife shut down for so long. Because the energetic nocturnal poetry of the Prins S. en de Geit trio with producer Daniel Ortges and guitarist Marn Meissen—an endless collection of words about bouncing, soulful electro-pop—has hit its stride this year.

brain attack

A still online version of the show festival Noorderslag presented it at the beginning of 2022: long-time poet Scott Beckuisen erupted on screen. she was campCrazy performance. His moves, his hilarious, autotune-driven raps about ducks, sharing a bowl of mayonnaise or the pressures of choice (“What Gig Well”). Unwavering musicians behind it.

Many bookings came in. Prins S. en de Geit became a dry genius and a little noisemaker. Right about that. Anyone who experienced the trio, say at the Lowlands Festival last summer or on a club tour this fall, was automatically sucked into the lyrical hurricane.

It would have made little difference if things had gone differently. The dance show from The Hague was almost extinguished like a wet glow. In March, after the Grasnapolsky Festival in Groningen, guitarist/composer Marn suddenly suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on the street and fell into a coma. “At first we thought he had died suddenly,” says Scott Pickuisen. “Everything stopped at once with a squeal of brakes. Nothing more important than that. Discussions arose with the family about what Marne wanted for the goats. Fortunately, he would have indicated it himself later, for he went back step by step. He said: You two must go.”

So Prins S. en de Geit stood as a duo in full tent at Paaspop in April. “Crazy but too loaded without it.” Already at Parkpop in June, Marne came to watch again, and the show at Lowlands was a triumph in all respects: a dream of a breakout, with a guitarist. Beekhuizen: “It was so hot and stuffy that I watched him a lot.”

Scott PickuizenForeman, Prince S. and goats

Andreas Terlaak’s photo

On stage he is just as in place as Prince S. (Scott). He dances freely and wildly, sending the audience flying in all directions like an original charioteer. “I feel very strongly that people are in front of the stage and I do it together. But the audience sets the mood and builds their own synth. The things we all want to happen happen.” When he performs, he goes into a trance. “After that, I don’t remember much about them. When I watched the videos again, I thought: yeah, now I understand why people say: what a weird fun band.

Break through the fourth wall

His theatrical experience – Beckuisen trained as an actor at the Toneelacademie Maastricht – came in handy. Although he laughed at the notion, he had really broken through the fourth wall. “With the theater I find it very disturbing if that fourth wall wasn’t there. Very scary, so with the audience. At Prince S’s liberty. I would really go through it.”

In his own words, Bekoizen never came to fruition in drama school. Calling himself Seven he has tried to find his feet again and again, searching for the identity that best suits him. When he was a kid in Leidesven, he already had the feeling of being an outsider. “All the boys are in soccer, all the girls are dancing. And I was the only one who also went dancing.” Besides, he says, he was fat. This is what earned him the nickname “The Fat Ballerina”.

It culminated in an eating disorder in high school. Losing weight has become manageable. I hardly ate. Painful yes, childhood stuff. And something similar: his anorexia is mainly a female syndrome. So I also had a girl’s disease. My parents have seen me suffer a lot.”

But he puts it straight: “Every kid has his dirt, right? I was also a nice theater guy who loved making music. And although I never felt at home in drama school, I got through it. Although I did find a way to peel feelings off.” And dismantling it psychologically is unnecessary and unsafe in such a course. And again, the normative nonsense of such a teacher in front of the class: how men should learn to be weak and women can be ugly.”

Back in The Hague, Beekhuizen befriended musician Marne Miesen, an acquaintance from The Hague’s art and theater corner, at Strijkijzer, the tower block at Hollands Spur station. Let’s make something together, he insisted. I received another script from my first year in drama school, the night. Daniel, a childhood friend of Marn’s, joined as producer.

no label

The name of the band was a spontaneous addition of guitarist Marne. “Goats have a good vibe. We love goats. Unpretentious but showy too.” Prince S. was in his head since drama school, “I’ve really expanded gender norms a little bit. I also made a solo as an androgynous pop star. As Prince Q, I feel free to do what I feel like, and that’s as flexible as anything. I’ve tried to put myself in This man’s chest for a long time. I’m older than x now than m, but there’s no need to name it.”

Presented by Prince S. Striking observations in the songs and slices of humor in traumatic situations. Mimic rhythms make a contrast. on the newly released album Red stands strong It bounces from “Baby Farm (Kipleg)” to the nerve-wracking lesson of Can J. Nate McCain. (“Make a fuss about past business / You can’t be fixed / At a party the whole dance floor vomits / You can’t be fixed”).

Love for language started in high school. out of frustration, because Pickuizen is dyslexic. “So I found the language pretty stupid at first. But the stupid pun got me a long way. I love rhyme, multiple meanings in words. Spinface’s poetic songs took me a step further. Likewise the love language of Doctors. P. and hip-hop.”

was the subjectthe night“With all its ambiguity” is a first common thread, but many other songs are there Red stands strong “Really only on the basis of a misunderstanding.” If they send each other a word or phrase like “the frayed edges of the guest list,” the other will misunderstand it. And does it become a “because it tickles” thing.

At the next Noorderslag festival, mid-January in Groningen, Prince S. and the Goat may present themselves again. In the spring, the trio continues their club tour. “I hope so,” says Pickuisen. “I dare not count on it yet. Anyone who has broken through the epidemic knows: Covid has made everything conditional.”

Prince S. and goats: 26/12 2nd Christmas Festival, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht. Spring tour from 30/3, Paard Den Haag. Inl: prinssendegeit.nl

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