Current Band Members

Current Band Members

Current Band

Alex Callier

guitarist and keyboardist

Alex Callier

guitarist and keyboardist

Alex is a founder of the band along with Raymond they remain as the core of Hooverphonic. To say Alex is a Belgian musician is true he is Belgian, the other members are too, and they perform mainly in live venues across Belgium and The Netherlands. However, their success has made the band international and this is mainly due to Alex’s talent as a sound engineer, musician, and song writer.

Born on 6 December 1972, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, Alex’s career has been wholly to do with sound. He is better described as a composer and producer, and the main driving force of the group. What he says goes, outside of contractual arrangements with the likes of Sony.

You could also say he is an enigmatic guy, but he is also a simple guy, takes life in his stride and is probably 100% aware of his musical talent, so overall he is a humble guy utterly disciplined and respectful of others.

raymond geerts

lead guitarist

raymond geerts

lead guitarist

Raymond has been around since the start with Alex. He started out playing drums in a band from Sint-Niklaas, Belgium until he met Alex and together they formed the group The Love Letter Boxes and soon after released the song Inhaler under the new band name Hooverphonic.

As well as coming up with magical guitar riffs Raymond is involved in the song writing and occasionally provides backing vocals. He plays video games to pass the time on recordings and tours, prefers diesel clothes and Doc Marten footwear, and prefers to read a comic over a novel.  

He has a real nostalgia for the retro vibe, having opened a shop called Vintage Corner in Sint-Niklaas with partner Franka Lutin which focuses on the 1950s through 1970s and does antiques restorations too.

Luka Cruysberghs

lead singer

Luka Cruysberghs

lead singer

Luka won The Voice of Flanders 2018 at just seventeen. Her coach was Alex and they also sang Mad About You together in the finals to clinch the competition.

Luka also wanted to work with Alex for her first solo album so he sent her ten songs including a new number he wrote for Hooverphonic. It was the new song that Luka picked and to test how that sounded they arranged a session before a small audience in De Grote Post in Ostend where Luka impressed them so much that the band knew they had found their new singer.

The only negative comments she has had, have come from people that think of Hooverphonic as static and not transient, and that keep posting their undying love for Geike. It’s an irritation that will follow into the the band’s entire future, but for Luka, she has hit the ground running and greater things are still to come.

Peter Piersman

guitarist & vocalist

Peter Piersman

guitarist & vocalist

Despite always seeming to wear the same top, Pieter is actually a pretty cool guy. Since 2016 he has been the first male voice front-man for Hooverphonic. His rendition of Vinegar & Salt is especially moving, a song which Noémie Wolfs had perfected. Pieter had already been voted the best singer-songwriter of Flanders in 2014. Gentle Intruder was released in March 2018 via Starman Records, a Belgian music label and he is in the band Slow Pilot.

Just a month later in April 2018 he appeared with Hooverphonic in London. Pieter is one of a trio of front singers that have filled the void since Noémie’ departure. Even if the Vinegar & Salt versions of Geike or Noémie are preferred by some, there is no doubting the song can be transposed to a male singer, Pieter brings melancholy and deep feeling in his version and this is exemplified in his rendition of Badaboum.

Arnout Hellofs

drummer

Arnout Hellofs

drummer

Arnout Hellofs has been drumming for Hooverphonic since November 2010. I can’t find much more information than that. You see plenty youtube videos and he’s always there in them, yet seemingly an illusive character. Even when I met the band in London I spoke with all members including their manager, all except for Arnout. Yes he was there, standing by a closed glass door drinking beer, but for some reason or another he eluded me.

Previous Lead Vocalists

Previous Lead VocalistsT

Previous Lead Vocalists

Noémie Wolfs

former lead singer

Noémie Wolfs

former lead singer

When Noémie Wolfs became front woman for Hooverphonic it was four years since the band had had a lead singer and more significantly four years since Geike Arnaert. There is no escaping that Geike left a huge shadow to follow, some believe impossible to replace, and this is the situation Noémie found herself in.

She was lead singer for five years, exactly half of Geike’s tenure. Yet she made her mark. Of course any new singer has to learn the backlog of songs and some of these she mastered arguably better than the originals, Salt & Vinegar, The World is Mine, and Club Montepulciano which was in part due to the full orchestra which they had at their disposal and helped to accentuate Noémie’s precise tones.

As is the case with Hooverphonic’s continuous production, a new singer soon finds themselves beginning a new album. For Noémie this was The Night Before and two more albums would follow. She was a success, but unfortunately circumstances led to her departure and what we have for posterity is Hooverphonic with Noémie Wolfs, pure magic.

Geike Arnaert

former lead singer

Geike Arnaert

former lead singer

What really can you say about a woman of such immense talent that has left such a phenomenal footprint in the band’s chronology. Aged just nine, Geike Arnaert entered a talent show in her village, Westouter. By seventeen she was fronting Hooverphonic and continued to do so for ten years. Many of the band’s defining records were sang by Geike and her influence on the band and their fans is still felt strongly today.

The departure of a lead vocalist at the height of the band’s success is the greatest disruption to any band. Inevitably the rising curve will begin moving downwards but the show must go on. Great songs and great vocalists will follow but for many fans there is always a comparison made, and for those, life has never been the same after Geike.

Since leaving Hooverphonic at the end of 2008 Geike followed a solo career and teamed up with other artists like Erik de Jong from Spinvis and the group BLØF. In 2010 Geike and Spinvis collaborated under the band name Dorléac to record theme music for the film ‘Adem’ (AKA Breath or Oxygen) and there followed several gigs and an album together. She released her first solo album ‘For The Beauty of Confusion’ backed by extensive touring. Then in 2018 she collaborated with Dutch group BLØF with the song Zoutelande that reached No1 in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Liesje Sadonius

former lead singer

Liesje Sadonius

former lead singer

Liesje Sadonius was the first lead singer when the band was called Hoover in 1995. She recorded the debut album A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular in 1996. International renown came from the track 2Wicky that was featured on the soundtrack of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1996 film Stealing Beauty. Shortly after the release of the album she left the band.

She ventured into film in 2009 appearing as the queen in the film Reike and launched a solo career under the name ‘Suzanina’ releasing her debut album ‘Heavenly Juice’ in 2010. As for her future music, instead she started a Spiritual Life Coaching business around holistic healing and spirituality which as far as I know she is still running today.

Also feature with Hooverphonic

Also featured with Hooverphonic

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Kimberly Dhondt

front singer

Kimberly Dhondt

front singer

Kimberly Dhondt started her singing career in Andalusia, where she was active in various flamenco fusion groups. She was involved with Hooverphonic over the period between Noémie Wolfs’ departure and Luka Cruysberghs’ arrival, when the band was experimenting and inviting various artists to perform certain songs for the most eclectic album to date.

The last album In Wonderland was a pot pourri of past and present ideas, not written for a particular voice other than each was better suited to a male or female voice. Kimberly’s involvement has been mainly performing on stage alongside Peter Piersman and Nina Sampermans. Whether she is singing Heartbroken and Gravity solo, or Badaboum and Hiding In A Song with the others, she enabled the eclectic band of that era to perform its repertoire seemlessly.

Her brother Sean is also a Dutch musician and radio and TV presenter. Kimberly is involved with three other women in busking/group Birds On A Wire – But mainly her focus is with her new band, Evil Empire Orchestra, involving seven other musicians, that describe themselves as playing psychedelic, dirty soul, jazz and garage music. If Kimberly seems sedate in Hooverphonic, she is positively wild when performing with EEO.

Nina Sampermans

front singer

Nina Sampermans

front singer

Nina Sampermans was one of the trio alongside Pieter and Kimberly performing mainly on the In Wonderland tour. Her youtube renown with Hooverphonic is with the song ‘You’ and on stage she leads ‘Eden’ and the rest of the repertoire she performs with equal mastery alongside her cohorts.

When the Flemish broadcaster VRT announced who would be representing Belgium in Baku for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, they joined with the singer Iris and record company Sonic Angel to find a song writer. Iris was the youngest ever Eurovision Song Contest candidate for Belgium, at just seventeen, and so the song choice was carefully selected and it came down to two choices of which Flemish TV viewers selected ‘Would You‘ , a ballad co-composed and co-written by Nina Sampermans. Unfortunately Belgium did not get further than 17th place in the first semi final.

For around a year (2014) Nina, AKA known as Ravvel, collaborated with Norwegian duo ‘broiler’ a keyboard player and a guitarist, to record ‘Wild Eyes‘ . The song topped the chart in Norway and reached 4th spot in Flanders and was a nominee for the Spellemann Award for Hit of the Year. Her current single as Ravvel is ‘Pick Your Poison’.

Émilie Satt

session singer

Émilie Satt

session singer

Émilie Satt is a successful singer/composer from the group Madame Monsieur, a duet formed with her husband musician/composer Jean-Karl Lucas. Together they have made two albums, and represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with a song called Mercy; written about a refugee child born between two continents. The refugee crisis and humanitarian issues are a driving force through their songs. 

Notably for Hooverphonic are songs Badaboum and Cocaine Kids. In particular the Hooverphonic cover of ‘Badaboom’ a song written for Italian singer Irene Fornaciari from her album Grande Mistero (2012), which Émilie rebranded as Badaboum for the ‘In Wonderland’ album and which also appears on her own EP called ‘01’. It’s credited as a duet between Émilie and English singer Litlo Tinz, but on stage the pairing of Emilie and Pieter Piersman is hard to better.

Janie Price

session singer

Janie Price

session singer

Janie is one of the five artists to have contributed two songs on the In Wonderland album. In her singing career she goes by the name ‘Bird’. She is an English/Irish singer/song writer and musician. For her album ‘Figments of Our Imagination’ she played every instrument herself; but she’s more famed for being a celloist.

Having started as a drummer in an all-girl punk band, she quickly moved on at eighteen years old to composing for a UK rap band and playing the cello and singing for various artists. In 2010 she appeared in a TV series called Art of Survival, a six part programme produced by Sky Arts, which filmed her playing her music across Europe, of which she wrote a book about that experience titled ‘A Real Journey’.

At 26 years old released her first album ‘The Insides’ in 2004. Her second, ‘Girl And A Cello’ (2009), was recorded entirely using only vocals and a cello. More recently she has developed her career writing songs for other artists and in 2016 she wrote and sang ‘I Like The Way I Dance ’ for Hooverphonic. For In Wonderland she performs tracks 1 & 2; title track In Wonderland and I Like The Way I Dance. She continues to write songs and is a much-in-demand jazz vocalist on London’s club circuit.

Christa Jérôme

session singer

Christa Jérôme

session singer

Christa Jérôme started her career on a music TV contest in 2001 after which she collaborated with Belgian jazz musician Marc Moulin creating several albums until his untimely death in 2008. She continued collaborations with other Belgian artists; rappers Starflam from Liège, and Manou Gallo who herself toured for many years with Zap Mama the Belgian group of Afro-Pop music, and of course – Hooverphonic.

She is Belgian with Haitian roots and her style of music comes from soul, funk, and jazz. In early 2017 she released debut album ‘Jérôme Is A Woman’s Name’ and her current album La Jérôme is available directly from her website as well as the other usual sources.

For the In Wonderland album, Christa sings tracks 5 & 6; Deep Forest and Thin Line.

Tjeerd Bomhof

session singer

Tjeerd Bomhof

session singer

Tjeerd Bomhof was born in Amsterdam and was in his first band aged ten and in 2001 aged twelve he started the band Voicst, releasing a debut album ’11-11′ in 2004. The single Whatever You Want From Life was a hit and used in Heineken advertising and in the computer game 2006 FIFA World Cup.

After that he went solo under the name Dazzled Kid later Dazzle Sticks, producing his first solo album Fire Needs Air in January 2011.

For Hooverphonic he sings tracks 7 & 8; Hiding In A Song and Praise Be, for the album In Wonderland.

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Felix Howard

session singer

Felix Howard

session singer

Felix Howard

session singer

Felix Howard

session singer

For Hooverphonic, Felix Howard plays the final two songs on the In Wonderland album, tracks 9 & 10; God’s Gift and Moving.