Dagan worked on the first J.Views demo with vocalist Noa Lembersky in 2004. Soon after, tracks from that demo caught the attention of several record labels, and, in the following months, the first J.Views songs were released in over 50 compilations worldwide.
rivers and homes
The second J.Views full-length album, rivers and homes, was released in 2011. It originated as an idea Dagan dubbed "Work In Progress." Dagan began developing it in the spring of 2010. The plan was to make an album available for pre-order, and then record and release tracks gradually over the course of a year to fans who subscribed to the process.
From early on, the project drew subscribers in, and allowed the album to be financed through pre-orders. Each song was recorded and released in the same period in which it had been conceived, giving fans an intimate real-time look at the artistic evolution of the album.
Once completed, Dagan distributed the finished album in physical form to his subscribers, and only later made it available to the general public. In 2012, rivers and homes was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.
The DNA Project
In November 2014, Dagan launched The DNA Project, a website presenting the step-by-step making of the next J.Views album in real-time.
The concept was originally presented as a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Dagan had a vision to create a multi-layered player for his next album, allowing listeners to access the origins and creative processes behind every song. The campaign quickly raised $65,234 with the backing of over 1,000 fans, and with the help of digital agency, Hello Monday, the website was launched.
With the DNA Project, J.Views invites his fans to follow his creative process in its entirety, providing access to the people, places, and sounds that inspired each song, as well as exclusive videos of J.Views’s writing process, recording sessions, and innermost thoughts during the creation of each song.
Since its launch, the DNA Project has generated buzz in digital and music communities, with over one million views. In June 2015, the DNA Project won the Cannes Silver Lion Award in the Design Category. Other awards include the Site of the Day Awards from FWA and Awwwards, as well as The Webby Awards Music Website Nominee and Awwwards & Internet Explorer Site of the Year Nominee.
The album was set to be completed in December 2015. Until then, fans were encouraged to interact with the DNA Project by commenting, adding sounds and images of their own, and downloading samples for use in their own music. The album was eventually released under the title 401 Days in 2016.
The third and latest album of J.Views, 401 Days was released independently in May 2016. The first video from the first single of 401 Days, #Almostforgot, is a mobile experience controlled by the viewer’s heart rate in real time.
J.Views performs with a changing live setup, and in 2017 the live band includes Denitia Odigie, Ofer Levy, and Tomer Rabinowitz. This live band also launched the album 401 Days along with a 30-Piece Orchestra at the Tel-Aviv Opera Hall, as an audio-visual experience.
Awards & Recognition
J.Views received two Grammy Award nominations. For his package design of his album rivers and homes and for his art direction, alongside designer Mathias Høst Normark, for his third album 401 Days. in 2012 and 2016 respectively. For the creation of DNA Project, J.Views teamed up with Danish creative agency Hello Monday. The website has received numerous awards and nominations including;
- Cannes Lions - Silver Lion winner
- Webby Awards - Music Website (Nominated)
- Awwwards - site of the month
- FWA Award
- French Design Index - site of the day
- D&AD Pencil Awards
- One Show Awards
- The Besides EP (2008)
- Moby – The Day (J.Views remix) (Mute Records)
- Nina Simone – Seeline Woman (J.Views remix) (Rock River Music)
- Dido - No Freedom (J.Views remix) (RCA Records/Sony Music)
- Depeche Mode – Peace (J.Views remix) (White Label)
- Walk the Moon - Tightrope (J.Views remix) (RCA Records/Sony Music)
- Kings of Leon – Birthday (J.Views remix) (White Label)
- Infected Mushroom & Jonathan Davis – Smashing the Opponent (J.Views remix) (Adrenaline Music)
- Easy Star All-Stars – On the Run (J.Views remix) (Easy Star Records)
- Yasmin Levy – Naci en Alamo (J.Views remix) (Adama Music)
- Bluetech – “Prayers for Rain” (J.Views remix) (Aleph Zero Records)
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- Blake, Emily (April 7, 2016). "See the first-ever music video controlled by your heartbeat". Mashable. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
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