Jan Leyers was born in 1958 in Wilrijk, in the Antwerp province. When he was about 10 years old, he found an acoustic guitar in his attic. His father, an architect, taught him how to play the guitar, and later that same year he saw an electric guitar for the first time in his life, being played by a man in a lounge on a boat. 10 years later, with Hugo Matthysen, Bart Peeters, and Marc Kruithof, he starts the group Beri-Beri. The group tried for some years to become successful, but failed to rise.