Portraits of Band Members

For record details, see solo and other projects.

Present members of the Nits

Henk Hofstede

1951
born on September 20 in East Amsterdam
1959
creates group The Henry Boys with Henk van Limburg
1962
visits middle school
1965
meets Michiel Peters
1966
visits high school
1967
meets Frank and Paul Telman
1968
helps cleaning the concert building, thus can see all bands for free
1970
starts visitin Rietveld Academy
1971
changes to MO-tekenen (drawing)
1972
forms group Midas with brothers Brautigam
1974
meets Alex Roelofs and forms the Nits with Michiel, Alex and Rob Kloet
1974
goes to Rijks Academy
1980
becomes professional musician
Top of Page

Rob Kloet

1952
born on June 16 in Amsterdam
1956
meets Michiel Peters in kindergarten
1963
first music rehearsals with Michiel
1964
forms the group The Acclaim
1970
goes to HTS (high technical school)
1974
is asked to play in the upcoming group The Nits by Henk and Michiel
1977
gets free from the military to record first single Yes or No
1978
works as a music- and scienceteacher on a LTS (lower technical school)
1980
becomes professional musician
Top of Page

Robert Jan Stips

1950
born on February 4 in Den Haag (The Hague)
1955
his father buys a piano
1958
gets his first piano lessons
1960
meets Rob Douw on a YMCA summer camp
1964
forms group The Blubs with Marco Vrolijk and others
1967
the group changes its name via The Q Provocation, The Provocation and Sweet Okay Supersister finally to Supersister; goes to the conservatorium
1969
starts working with Aad Link
1972
works with Supersister and the Nederlands Dans Theater on the project Pudding en Gisteren
1974
becomes keyboard player with Golden Earring
1976
forms Sweet d'Buster with Bertus Borgers
1978
sees on April 20 the Nits for the first time; produces among others Gruppo Sportivo and The Nits
1979
works on a project named Transister
1981
first stage appearance with the Nits on November 21
1996
starts solo project Stips Egotrip'
1997
plays with Dutch comedian Freek de Jonge
2004
joins back with songwriting, live and studio work
Top of Page

Former members of the Nits

Martin Bakker

Before joining the Nits, Martin played with Gruppo Sportivo, Jango Edwards and De Bombitas. He played with Robert Jan in the Egotrip. The band Het groot niet te vermijden signed him up recently.

Top of Page

Peter Meuris

Before joining the Nits, Peter played with the Tapes and Matilde Santing Ensemble.

Top of Page

Alex Roelofs

1950
born December 14 in Amsterdam
1958
starts playing accordeon
1964
trades his accordeon for an electric guitar
1965
forms with some friends the group Nameless
1967
buys his first tape recorder, a Sony 256
1969
does final exam HBS-b (A-levels)
1972
begins MO-opleiding at Rietveld Academy
1974
forms with Henk, Michiel and Rob The Nits in the cellar of a school
1977
finishes studying MO-tekenen
1978
gets a teacher's job
1980
becomes professional musician
1981
last stage appearance with the Nits on October 31.
Alex left the Nits because he did not want to go touring anymore. He now works as a graphic designer. Alex worked with the Nits designing the covers for the Alankomaat album and the respective singles.

Top of Page

Michiel Peters

1951
born on December 10 in West Amsterdam
1955
meets Rob kloet in kindergarten
1958
visits the muzieklyceum in Amsterdam
1963
first music rehearsals with Rob and Michel Schutte
1964
forms his first group The Acclaim
1967
meets Henk Hofstede
1970
starts to study sociology
1972
forms the group Midas with Henk and brothers Brautigam
1974
first stage appearance with The Nits
1978
finishes studying sociology
1980
becomes professional musician
1985
leaves The Nits, because of, among other reasons, his dislike of the music industry and studies laws
1989
published solo-LP Infant King
In 1989, after releasing the album Infant King, Michiel Peters joined The Nits for a one off concert in which they performed a lot of oldies and some of the songs from his album. This concert was played on the Dutch radio.

Michiel now works as a bookkeepers-assistant.

Top of Page

Joke Geraets

1957
born on October 18 in Den Haag
1968
gets her first guitar
1973
stops playing guitar
1975
final exam Havo
1976
plays percussions with Dizzy Daisy
1977
starts playing bass guitar
1978
forms Ducks Nightmare with Peter van Schie
1980
studies at the social academy for a brief period
1981
Ducks Nightmare cease to exist
1982
unemployed
1983
creates Not A Slow Affair
1986
Aad Link sees Not A Slow Affair in café Schlemmer
1990
stops making music because of a muscle disease
Joke Geraets now runs a small soundstudio.

Top of Page

Arwen Linneman

Arwen studied music at the conservatory of Rotterdam and played with several smaller bands, making South American style music, some Tango and some Soul. Currently she plays bass, standing bass and provides background vocals.

Top of Page

Laetitia van Krieken

Laetitia studied music in Tilburg, gave piano lessons and played mostly Jazz style music. She also does some composing and arranging and was a fan of the Nits. When the Nits phoned her and asked her to play with them, she was pleasantly surprised. Laetitia has found her own interpretation of Robert Jan's keyboard playing.

Top of Page

Nits behind the Scenes

Paul Telman

Paul, one of the 5 Telman brothers, was born on August 18 1950 in Amsterdam. He got into the music scene soon with his brother Frank, but found his true talent in mixing the sound. Since the foundation of the Nits in 1974 he has been working on the sound, first with Alex Roelofs, later on his own. Paul also studyied MO-bookkeeping, worked some time as a teacher in this area and is observing the financial state of the band, together with manager Aad Link. Paul made a cameo-appearance as butcher in the video J.O.S. Days.

Top of Page

Tom Telman

Born on May 20 1957, Tom takes care of the light during concerts, and is also involved in creating stage decors. He has been with the band since 1980.

Top of Page

Aad Link

Born on November 28 1949 in Den Haag, Aad Link quickly exchanged his active music career for a job as roadie. In 1969 he joined the crew of Supersister and took care of Robert Jan's keyboards. When Robert Jan left to join Golden Earring, Aad followed him as RJ's personal road manager. After Sweet'd Buster both discovered the Nits. With his experience as soundengineer and manager, Aad has proven to be of value to the band. He managed the band and organizes the concerts. Now he works mostly with Robert Jan.

[History] [Autographs] [Band] [Main Index].


[www.nitsfans.org]
Jochen A. Stein, jst at nitsfans dot org
Last modified: 29-09-2009