De Mens is a Flemish rock band from Belgium. After playing in many hobby groups together, long-time friends Vander linden and De Coster decided to start De Mens. Vander linden, a journalist for the Belgian magazine Humo , left his job to pursue a career as a full-time musician. Meanwhile, Vander linden developed a reputation as writer. Thanks to his success in the Studio Brussel radio programme Collage , he has frequently been asked to be a columnist and spoken-word performer. In the winter of , Vander linden went on a small tour titled Solo bij u thuis. A mini- CD , Patti Blues , followed.