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|Birth name||Stephen Batt|
|Born||1 December 1959|
|Origin||Beckenham, Kent, England|
|Genres||New wave, pop, post-punk, art rock, experimental rock|
|Instruments||Drums, electronic percussion, keyboards, sampler|
The Dolphin Brothers
Rain Tree Crow
Jansen Barbieri Karn (JBK)
Steve Jansen (born Stephen Batt, 1 December 1959, in Beckenham, Kent, England) is an English drummer, percussionist, musician and composer. He was educated at Catford Boys' School, Catford, South East London, leaving at 16. He is self-taught.
After Japan broke up in 1982, Jansen recorded with bandmate Richard Barbieri under the name Jansen/Barbieri and released an album (Catch The Fall) as The Dolphin Brothers, with Jansen handling lead vocals as well as drums and percussion.
In 1991, Jansen, Barbieri, and Karn formed Medium Productions as a venue for releasing their own music, as well as releases by other artists.
Jansen has worked extensively as a session musician and in collaboration with a wide range of international artists, such as Yukihiro Takahashi and Italian singer-songwriter Alice. He collaborated with David Sylvian and Burnt Friedman on the Nine Horses project, which has given birth to one album and one extended play CD released through Sylvian's record label Samadhi Sound. Jansen has consistently toured with David Sylvian, playing drums and percussion.
He released his solo album, entitled Slope in 2007; Jansen "approached composition attempting to avoid chord and song structures and the usual familiar building blocks. Instead I wanted to piece together unrelated sounds, music samples, rhythms and 'events' in an attempt to deviate from my own trappings as a musician." The album was released on Samadhi Sound, and features Sylvian in a "bluesy" duet with Joan Wasser, and contributions by Anja Garbarek, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Thomas Feiner and Nina Kinert.
Jansen has continued to work on new compositions, some of which he has released as stand-alone tracks, and has indicated that he is currently working on his second solo album. He is in demand as a producer and collaborator, working with musicians across a range of genres.
During his time with Japan, Jansen dabbled in photography, documenting the band and their transient lifestyle. He held small-scale photographic exhibitions in Tokyo (1982) and London (1983) A selection of these images are available on his website http://www.stevejansen.com/imageshop/
- 1977 – Adolescent Sex (Hansa Records)
- 1978 – Obscure Alternatives (Hansa Records)
- 1979 – Quiet Life (Hansa Records)
- 1980 – Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Virgin records)
- 1981 – Tin Drum (Virgin Records)
- 1981 – Assemblage (compilation) (Hansa Records)
- 1983 – Oil on Canvas (live album) (Virgin Records)
- 1984 – Exorcising Ghosts (compilation) (Virgin Records)
- 1989 – Souvenir From Japan (compilation)(Hansa Records)
- 1991 – The Other Side Of Japan (compilation) (Receiver Records)
with Rain Tree Crow
- 1991 – Rain Tree Crow (Virgin Records)
- 1985 – Worlds In A Small Room (Pan East (UK) / JVC Victor (Japan))
- 1991 – Stories Across Borders (Venture / Virgin)
- 1995 – Stone To Flesh (Medium Productions)
- 1996 – Other Worlds In A Small Room (Medium Productions)
- 2015 - Lumen (KScope)
- 1994 – Beginning to Melt (Medium Productions)
- 1994 – Seed (Medium Productions)
- 1999 – ISM (Polydor / Medium)
- 2001 – Playing in a Room with People (Medium Productions)
with The Dolphin Brothers
- 1987 – Catch the Fall (Virgin Records)
- 1987 – Face To Face (Japanese T.V.C.M. 7” Single) (Virgin Records)
(Also included on Virgin Japan CD release of Catch The Fall)
- 1997 – Changing Hands (Medium Productions)
- 2009 - A Secret Live (Metamatic)
with Vault of Blossomed Ropes
- 2014 – Vault of Blossomed Ropes (Triple Bath)
- "Steve Jansen, Slope". Slope.stevejansen.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
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