Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Lourens played in clubs and cafes under the name DJ Lourenz. And that for almost 25 years. “That all fell away in March. I was in the pit for a while.”
Not sitting at home
He soon decided not to give up. “You know that everything is closed and that it will take a longer time. You have to get your energy out of something again. And I really can’t sit at home.”
In the first week that his work as a DJ came to a standstill, he applied for a job at PostNL. “I thought it would be busy there, because people were ordering en masse. They immediately gave me a one-year contract.”
And now Lourens drives through Arnhem to deliver parcels. “This is of course also a job where you have the freedom and you meet people. And of course I also love music in my car”, says Lourens.
The former DJ is a familiar face in Arnhem. Lourens is therefore regularly recognized during his work as a mail deliverer. “I played a lot in Arnhem and now I drive into a neighborhood where many people know me. Then the people at the door say: hey, shouldn’t you play?” he laughs.
He therefore gets a lot of nice reactions. “In the summer I have had many cups of coffee and drinks from people,” says Lourens. “I meet the people from the clubs and pubs again. You have a nice chat with them, you also have that in the nightlife. You chat now in your own neighborhood, instead of in the pub.”
Craving a shot
Yet Lourens misses the nightlife quite a bit. “When I drive the bus on Friday, I listen to SLAM and you can hear fellow DJs playing. Then I have goosebumps in the bus. Then I am so fed up that I cannot play that night”, he says. “Those are moments when you are confronted with the facts. I do crave beers and shots, just get really drunk once again.”
But if it were up to him, he will continue to do his job as a parcel deliverer in the future. “If everything is possible again, I want to combine it with my work as a DJ. But I sometimes see it quite gloomy for the hospitality industry, how that will all look like in the future …”