Robert Jan Stips (The Hague, 4 February 1950) Founding member of Supersister since 1967. When that group was disbanded in 1974 he joined the Golden Earring for two years and joined them on the America tour. In 1976, he was co-founder of Sweet d'Buster. He left that band in 1979 to form the short-lived Transister. In 1982 he joined The Nits, a band he left in 1995 but still occasionally performs with.
In 1976, he was co-founder of Sweet d'Buster. He left that band in 1979 to form the short-lived Transister. In 1982 he joined The Nits, a band he left in 1995 but still occasionally performs with.
In 1981, Robert Jan Stips released his first solo LP (U.P.). The same year, Stips became the keyboard player for The Nits, with whom he had previously worked as a producer. During his years with The Nits he also produced albums for Cloud Nine and Vitesse. He was the main composer of The Nits' orchestral work, Hjuvi - A Rhapsody in Time.
Robert Jan Stips left Nits in 1996 at the end of their Greatest Hits tour, and launched the group STIPS, with which he brought out an album : Egotrip.
STIPS released two albums in collaboration with Freek de Jonge : Gemeen Goed in 1997 then Rapsodia in 1998.
In 1999, Robert Jan Stips released two solo albums : Greyhound and Rembrandt 2000 (at the occasion of a great exhibition Rembrandt in The Hague). In 2003, he rejoined Nits for their thirtieth anniversary tour. He played on the subsequent albums and has continued to tour with the group.
Stips has also been active as a producer (most succesfully for Gruppo Sportivo), recorded several solo albums and often collaborates with comedian Freek de Jonge since the mid-1990s.