Founding member of Supersister since 1967. When that group was disbanded in 1974 he joined the Golden Earring for two years. In 1976 he released an one off project Stars & Stips and in the same year 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 1995 he formed his latest group Stips.
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.