Dirk Ivens

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Dirk Ivens
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Dirk Ivens with his project Dive at e-tropolis 2014, Oberhausen, Germany
Background information
Origin Belgium
Genres electronic dance music, electro-industrial, rhythmic noise, EBM
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Sonar, The Klinik, Absolute Body Control, Dive (Belgian band), BA 25+, Blok 57, S/HE, The Few, Slaughterhouse
Website Dirk Ivens official website

Dirk Ivens is a Belgian musician and performer in the industrial music genre.


In 1978 he started as singer and guitar player in the punk band Slaughterhouse but left the group after one year to form the new band The Few. In 1980 he formed the electronic band Absolute Body Control, influenced by Suicide, DAF, and British artists like Fad Gadget. After going through various members, Absolute Body Control soon settled as a duo with Ivens and Eric van Wonterghem.

In 1985, Absolute Body Control joined forces with Marc Verhaeghen's band The Klinik and Sandy Nys' The Maniacs to form the "supergroup" Absolute Controlled Clinical Maniacs. The name was soon shortened to The Klinik; Nys left in 1986 and van Wonterghem in 1987 to work on their own bands, while Ivens remained a member until 1991, when he left to concentrate on his solo project Dive which had numerous releases the following 15 years.

Also in 1996, Dirk started Sonar together with Patrick Stevens, who left in 1998 to be replaced by long-time collaborator (and brother-in-law) Eric van Wonterghem. In 2003-2005 he rejoined Marc Verhaeghen in The Klinik for a few festival concerts, without releasing any new material.


See also: The Klinik
See also: Sonar

Collaborations/Split Releases[edit]

  • Fuck, Rinse, Repeat / Burn digital Single with Jenn Vix (self released by Jenn Vix, 2013)
  • Go (Bring It) Back single-sided 12" with Agent Side Grinder (Kollaps Records, 2014)

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