Sam Valkenborgh (2007)
|Origin||Stabroek, Antwerp, Belgium|
|Years active||2005; present|
Joris Van den Broeck
Fixkes is a Belgian band from Stabroek, near Antwerp. The band mixes acoustic pop and rap in their music. In February 2007, they released their first official single, "Kvraagetaan". The single was an enormous success in Belgium and reached highest position in the local hit charts, Ultratop.
In November 2005 Fixkes was formed by Sam and Jan Valkenborgh. The name Fixkes is a nickname that Sam got in his teens. Jan plays the drums, Sam sings and plays guitar, he is also the songwriter of the group. The rest of the band's line-up was: Peter Deckers (guitar, harmonica), Johan Pauwels (bassguitar) and Bart Palmers (piano).
In January 2007, the band was picked up by the Dutch Excelsior Recordings. Fixkes released their first single only one month later, in February 2007. The lyrics of "Kvraagetaan" mainly appeal to nostalgic feelings of people in their 30s, who went to primary school in the 1980s (the title is a typical Flemish dialect term of that era, which can be roughly translated as "I ask him/her", and refers to a young boy or girl asking another kid to become "engaged", in a puppy love context). Radio station Studio Brussel launched the single as Hotshot. "Kvraagetaan" was released on iTunes reaching number 1 in the Belgian iTunes-charts. In March 2007 it reached number 1 on Ultratop remaining on top for a total of 16 weeks breaking the Belgian record for being at the number 1 position. The previous record was 12 weeks.
The band has had two more charting hits: "Ongelukkig" again in 2007 reaching number 16 and "Over 't water", the latter a collaboration with Axelle Red reaching number 4.
|Over 't water (with Axelle Red)||4|
|2015||"Koriander van den Turk"||–||75|
- "Fixkes discography". ultratop.be/nl/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 August 2016.