Local Rockstars: Sweaty and funky Orgaanklap

Local Rockstars: Sweaty and funky Orgaanklap

May 6, 2012 |  by  |  Music
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Born and raised in Amsterdam, lives to dance and dances to live on electronic music, has a small vinyl addiction, appreciates a little sarcasm now and then, thinks musicals are annoying and loves those moments where you lose track of time completely.

Whether you went out last weekend to check out an uber-geeky beat magician or a depressingly awesome indie rock band, we all know there’s always some serious musical talents rocking around the Dam. You might not recognize them all yet, but don’t worry, you will soon. In this series of interviews we talk to remarkable artists about their music and their inspirations.

Once upon a time, I was peacefully drinking cheap beer at a metal-head café in the Spuistraat (don’t ask me why), when suddenly I ran into an acquaintance who started to heavily French kiss my nose. He then drunkenly apologized by saying ‘I’m so sorry. It’s just that… You’re the closest thing I got to my girlfriend right now.’ This was Tom, boyfriend of one of my best friends who happened to be on holiday at that time, and singer of the band Orgaanklap. I still don’t know what to think of that moment, but I do know that Orgaanklap is going to be big with their sweaty funk.

Warning: The English in this interview is a little special/different/original. I had a special request by the band to not change anything grammatically.

Introduce yourselves to the public, who are the members of Orgaanklap?
“There’re no members of Orgaanklap, people give Orgaanklaps with their member.”

Right. The name Orgaanklap, please explain?
“Well, we didn’t come up with it. It’s actually a well known term. When two sexual partners, of which at least one male, switch position during intercourse, it might occur that the penis of a man accidentally hits a non-erogenous zone. The owner of this penis gives the other partner an orgaanklap when this happens. This is mostly followed by high pitched giggling and saying ‘Oeh, an orgaanklapje. I’m sorry.’ ‘Don’t apologize, I like it when you give me one, because I love you.’ ‘Oh Herman, I love you too!’ Source: every dictionary.”

Most local bands nowadays stick to English but your lyrics are in Dutch. Why?
“That’s because our highest goal is to be played at 100% NL.”

Hearts have been broken, but also wrists and backs. Tell me about the tragic accident that happened to your drummer?
“To keep a medium long story the same size: our incredibly handsome drummer was riding his rock star motor mobile to pick up one of his lady friends, who he would have sex with later on, when it happened. Orgaanklap’s archenemy and rival, rackstor, saw young_drummer_boy_69 driving by and he waved. Young_drummer_boy_69 failed to notice rackstor waving because he was too busy being good looking. Rackstor was disappointed. Then young_drummer_boy_69 got hit by a car.”

You also cooperated with DJ queen Wannabeastar with her Wannabeanalbum. How did this teamwork start?
“Well, you know what they sayen hè, you never know how a cow a hase fangt. I was sleeping in the gutter and had no home or rock-‘n-roll skills. Wannabeastar saw me laying there and decided to take me home and care for me as one of her own. She gave me milk. This is not entirely true. I’m not allowed to say this, but I trust you not to publish this and to keep this to yourself. There is a secret Facebook group where all celebrities are invited to. Here they can chat and share photo’s without the fear of journalism. This is where Jan Smit en Yolanthe met for the first time and this is where Orgaanklap met Wannabeastar.”

Is playing with Wannabeastar different than playing in Orgaanklap?
“There’re a lot of similarities. To give away an energetic, disrupting and overwhelming show with lots of nude dancing, and chaos is the main priority in both groups for instance. The music is different in many ways of course, but still resembles an out your roof going factor Super Saiyan style.”

Why is Yuri, who plays guitar, the only one that gets (almost) naked on stage when you perform?
“We tried dressing up in the same outfits. But ended up looking more like a boy band than a rock-‘n-roll band. We thought about what to wear to best maintain our rock-‘n-roll appearance. So we watched School of Rock. This didn’t help. All of a sudden it became clear. True rock-‘n-roll fucks fashion, so now we all just wear what we’re most comfortable in.”

Your GPS says UP. Megalomania, heroin addiction and suicide are on your to do list. And 100% NL, of course. Do you guys have any other goals, smaller ones perhaps?
“Finding one euro.”

Just one final question. I’m not sure if I want to know the answer though. What’s up with that final – and little disturbing – comment on your Facebook page; ‘Maak je gereed, want you are about to be fukt in de anus!’?
“Well, you know what they sayen hè, who the ball bounces can it back expecten!”

This was probably one of the most special/different/original interviews I did, ever. Orgaanklap will play in Pand 14 on the 18th of May. Be there, or be.. – just be there.

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