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Silas J. Dirge

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Jan Kooiker adopted the moniker Silas J. Dirge - a reference to his family's nickname Durkie - while working on songs for his debut album Tales of Woe in 2018. With mostly character driven and story based lyrics he explores subjects like death, religion and (lost) love while accompanying himself on a beat up acoustic guitar. He is often aided by musician friends, with Harald de Ruiter as a returning contributor on electric guitar.

Silas J. Dirge's debut album Tales of Woe was released in December 2018. The album got good reviews and as well as getting added to numerous Spotify playlists its song On the Train of Aches was used as a soundtrack for the USA short film The Final Hour Of Roger Lawrence.

With his single Flowers on her Grave (2019) Silas J. Dirge's writing has evolved into a somewhat less brooding direction, albeit still with unmistakable grim undertones.

Before releasing music under the name Silas J. Dirge, Jan Kooiker - together with Harald de Ruiter - played in alt-country band The Information from 2008 until its disbandment in 2015, having released 2 albums, 3 EP's and 1 single.

The Information

From 2008 until 2015 Jan played in alt-country band The Information. They released two albums, four EP's and one single, and among other shows played the Eurosonic festival and reached the finals of De Grote Prijs Van Nederland in the rock category.


Jan also creates music for documentaries. This music is mainly instrumental but with the occasional vocal. He blends acoustic instruments (acoustic guitar, harmonium, cello, piano) with soundscapes and ambient electric guitars. For most of those documentaries he's worked on the sounddesign as well which gives him the opportunity to blend sound and music. You can listen to a number of tracks in the player below but for a good impression of how music and sound work together you best check out trailers of the films on the sounddesign page.