Project Description


Feel like rocking out? Have we got news for you… Responsible for rock anthems ‘Just The Way I Do’, ‘Times Are Changing’ and ‘Inside My Head’, Di-rect is coming to the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival to spread the message of rock music. The band is proudly rooted in the Netherlands’ musical capital The Hague, and boasts nearly 20 years of rocking the country. 

Back in 1999, a 15-year old drummer Jamie Westland and his father decided to find three more young artists and form a teenage band. Discovered by radio DJ Rob Stenders, he played their song ‘Just The Way I Do’ on Dutch radio, and Di-rect was engraved into the nation. After the release of their debut album Discover, they were accoladed Best Dutch Rock Act and four prestigious TMF awards. During the subsequent years, the band changed formation twice, but never quit to hit the charts. They scored one success after another, including #1 albums All Systems Go! and Daydreams In A Blackout. Aside from drummer Westland, the band is currently lined up with frontman Marcel Veenendaal, guitarist Frans “Spike” van Zoest and bassist Bas van Wageningen.

Although celebrated for their studio recordings, the true party is when the band enters the stage. With over 2,000 live international performances, they have never ceased to bring the energy. After the release of their Edison-nominated album Rolling With The Punches, they performed their greatest club show to date at the Amsterdam AFAS Concert Hall. This September, we invite you to let down your hair and bring out the rocker in you. You’re going to love it -take it from us, Di-rect to you.