The Netherlands’ Douwe Bob released his album The Shape I’m In earlier this week. And, if you’d asked him to define that shape in the aftermath of Eurovision 2016, he’d had said it wasn’t a good one.
Douwe Bob is known as a fantastic singer, who even put a thousand-euro bet on himself to win with his self-penned country-pop song “Slow Down”. As the story panned out, he didn’t earn any of that money back, as he finished in 11th position. He wasn’t shy about telling the public that he shed a tear after losing.
Speaking to NRC Handelsblad to mark the release of his fourth studio album, the singer said that he now accepts his defeat at Eurovision and doesn’t think about it that much anymore. After all, he’s bought a boat and has found peace on the water — something he didn’t find on land after returning from Stockholm.
During a visit to the talk show Pauw, Douwe Bob delved a bit deeper into the difficult times he faced. He says that being a professional singer is a strange and disorienting business.
“One moment, you are completely admired. Girls adore you. Everyone wants to have a drink with you. You perform suddenly in front of 80,000 people. Suddenly, you are at Eurovision. In front of 200-something million. I think that that, for a human being, isn’t a healthy thing. You can deal with it, but you have to control the process. Talking about it at least. I have never learnt to talk. I’m not from a family in which people speak. At a later stage that hit me hard. I became an unpleasant person.”
His father, designer Simon Posthuma, currently lives in a nursing home and is suffering from Korsakoff syndrome after abusing alcohol for many years. Douwe Bob realised that he did not want to become like his father and that he needed to translate his feelings to songs. He told Jeroen Pauw:
“I become an unpleasant person when I don’t write anymore. When I don’t write anymore, I start to become bored. And when I start to become bored, I start drinking…. Going out… Why should I do that?”
The biggest shock for Douwe Bob was his girlfriend breaking up with him. He was left on a couch, crying for several months, feeling terrible about his situation. He considered quitting music.
However, this period eventually became the main inspiration behind his new album The Shape I’m In. Most of the songs are also about being lovesick, while others are about his well-being and one song is even about his beloved home city Amsterdam. He wrote the album on the boat which gave him freedom, “more freedom than I ever found in drugs or sex,” as he told NRC.
He’s not proud of himself or what he has stepped out of, and he admits that he still has demons to conquer, “like everyone.”
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