Ian was one of the four members of the former boy band FOURCE from 2017 until the end of 2022. Currently, he is focusing on his career as a songwriter and producer.
Ian Kuyper (2004) grew up in Amsterdam and began his musical education at the age of 10. From that point forward, he received piano and vocal lessons and became interested in producing music himself using computer programs like GarageBand and FL Studio.
Starting at the age of 11, Ian took vocal lessons at the renowned Amsterdam Zang Academie (Amsterdam Singing Academy). He performed in various concerts with the AZA, including several New Year’s concerts. He also gained experience with studio recordings, one of which was filmed and uploaded to the AZA’s YouTube channel. This video, featuring Ian singing Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better,’ became the most-viewed video on the AZA’s channel by far.
In 2017, Ian auditioned for the Junior Songfestival (AVROTROS, NPO Zapp). He was paired with Jannes Heuvelmans, Max Mies, and Niels Schlimback by the show’s producers, and they formed the boy band FOURCE. The boys won the national final and represented the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia, with their song ‘Love Me.’ They finished 4th, defending the honor of their country.
With FOURCE, Ian achieved numerous successes, including 25 number-one hits on the Kids Top 20 chart, tens of millions of streams and views on platforms like Spotify and YouTube, five sold-out concerts for thousands of fans at venues such as 013 and Ahoy, their own theater tour with 32 shows, performances at various festivals and on numerous TV programs, a merchandise line with over 100 different items, and awards such as a Zapp Award and a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award.
For the members of FOURCE, 2022 marked the last year of their joint career. After five and a half years, they closed this chapter with a grand symphonic Christmas concert at the Brabanthallen on December 11, titled ‘Symphonic Christmas.’ This concert was originally scheduled for December 2021 but had to be postponed for a year due to COVID-19 measures.
In 2022, Ian obtained his high school diploma at the Gerrit van der Veencollege in Amsterdam and is currently focusing on his development as a songwriter and producer during his gap year.