BACKGROUND – In Veur de Draod, famous Achterhoekers reveal their souls. Today, singer Vincent – “dance-you-dance-with-me-then-we-dance-we-joy-together” – Claase (51).
By André Valkeman
1) My mental mood is:
“The weather continues to drizzle, I’m beaming. I am now making a jingle of my biggest hit Dream Dance in the studio for a Curaçao radio station. Making music is being happy!
I’m always happy, even the song. In Dream Dance, my character coincides with a song, I think you can feel that. It now has 30 million streams on Spotify (the same as Guus Meeuwis’ greatest hits, ed.). Unreal. Such a hit was literally my childhood dream.
We are ten years later from the recording and I hear that it is still played at many fairs and parties.
To see such a number grow is bizarre. DJs Coen and Sander heard Nick and Simon play it on the TV program De Zomer Voorbij. They decided: let’s make this a hit. The Dream Dance hype was there. Some students, such as those in Tilburg, have already adopted it as an anthem during their intro. That’s how it exploded.
Tonight I will sing it again at the Mega Pirate Festijn Maaskantje.”
2) I’m mostly like ‘mien va/mo’:
“The look, the dark edge to me, is my Indonesian father. My parents divorced early in my life. They remained two happy people to me. I got my upbeat character from both of them.”
3) This is my biggest fear:
“Being alone. Seven years ago, the relationship with my son’s mother broke down. I have never lost myself in drinks and drugs. In love and feminine attention. I thought about my life, the roller coaster and the merry-go-round of my breakthrough. The loneliness, literally suddenly being alone hit me hard. I later got into a new relationship and decided to do things differently. Maybe we’ll come back to that in another statement.”
4) After death is:
“In my mind, it has something to do with karma. You can only score points in this life with good behavior. The good will survive. Would you go to heaven? And the people who do bad things in hell? No idea. But to pursue the good, it shows. Just a hunch, I have no evidence.”
5) My biggest hero is:
“Elvis. A suit, his voice, the guitar. He invented, launched and spread artistry. Oddly enough, I rarely listen to his music, only sang it in the past. But I didn’t want to imitate anyone. Elvis was also himself. I wanted to find my own voice I found it precisely by imitating and discovering what I am not.
But the same goes for all artists: stars come, stars go, only Elvis remains.”
6) I can live outside the Achterhoek:
“Yes, I left when I was six. The Achterhoek still has the melancholy in me. It is my youngest childhood and the bizarre story of my birth. I was born in an ambulance right on the border between Winterswijk and Eibergen. Am I so native in Winterswijk or Eibergen?”
7) People with an accent are:
“Home travelers or foreigners. An accent makes you fit in with a region, or makes you stand out if you don’t speak what other people speak. My parents divorced and I lived in Enschede with my mother. I had a difficult relationship with her then-husband. I decided to move to The Hague, to my father. My Eastern accent made me a loner. I didn’t want that. I learned to speak without an accent from my father’s new wife.”
8) The man is monogamous:
“No, not biological. It’s an agreement. I think man is looking for affection, love. Not even instant sex. You can find that love, warmth in several people at the same time. And only then can there be sex .
I am a child of broken marriages. Through trial and error, I discovered that the monogamous arrangement makes you the happiest. Yes, I have cheated in my life in past relationships.
I would never do that again. If you do, something in your relationship will change forever. You break trust in someone else and your self-image that you are doing the right thing.”
9) Then I cried for the last time:
“I have to think for a long time. The tears almost came when my son was sick on vacation. He had stomach cramps and such pains.”
10) This is on my tombstone:
“‘Live today’. Too many people say, think: I’ll do that tomorrow. I’ll chase that dream today. No, do it now, enjoy it now! Today we have, we don’t know if we’ll get tomorrow.”