Seven artist albums and 15 hit singles. That says it all. Piet Blank
and Jaspa Jones have been hugely important in the history of electronic
It all started in 1997 with their debut single Sunrise, the first step
towards producing their own tracks. Nowadays, one cannot imagine the electronic
elite without BLANK & JONES. 13 of their singles made it into the German
Top 50, and three into the Top 20. Each and every album hit the Top 50,
including two which climbed into the Top 10. They also scored a spectacular
triple whammy by occupying the Top Ten album, singles and compilation charts
simultaneously with Substance, Desire and The Mix respectively.
BLANK & JONES have teamed up with a number of top international stars
in their career to date. The Cure mastermind Robert Smith, Anne Clark,
Sarah McLachlan and Claudia Brücken (Propaganda) have been immortalized
on BLANK & JONES tracks, giving them a certain credibility way beyond
the boundaries of dance music. Further evidence of their versatility can
be seen in their contributions to the Café del Mar compilation seres
and their own chill-out albums, Relax and Relax (Edition 2). Next up, the
people behind the Buddha Bar series have also made enquiries..The release
of the A Forest single and the accompanying album Monument in the USA last
year also laid the foundations for BLANK & JONES to
create a solid fanbase across the Atlantic.
Seven albums, 3 mix albums (The Mix 1-3) and 15 singles later, BLANK & JONES
and their longstanding production colleague Andy Kaufhold have chosen this
moment to collate their finest material on one release - The Singles. Comprising
the best tracks and greatest successes of BLANK & JONES plus two brand
new tracks, recorded exclusively for this album. “We felt the time
had come to put all our singles together on one CD, “ Piet and Jaspa
explain. “We prefer to see it as one step along the way, rather than
a mere retrospective. A litlle breather before we move on to pastures new.“
Over 20 tracks were in the reckoning for The Singles collection, most of
them penned by BLANK & JONES themselves. From the first single Sunrise
via chart smashes such as Desire, DJ Culture and Beyond Time all the way
to entrancing collaborations with the like of Elles DeGraaf on Mind Of
The Wonderful, Claudia Brücken on Unknown Treasure and Steve Kilbey
(The Church) on Revealed, the album is packed with
original material. One
of the few covers is, of course, A Forest
with Robert Smith of The Cure
An absolute must for fans is the all new WMC Retouch version of Nightfly,
direct from the Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC), where BLANK & JONES
headlined in March of this year. So new, the track was hot to the touch
as it made its way onto the album, having been premiered to rave reactions
at the dance convention. BLANK & JONES’ Nightfly WMC Retouch
was the talk of the town the following morning on various online sites
and blogs.The album also features two completely new tracks. One is Somebody
and the other is Catch, the newest single, based on Kosheen’s 1998
tune. Vocals supplied once again by the fantastic Elles DeGraaf.BLANK & JONES
have taken the utmost care in getting the sound right. Tracks have been
remastered but not remixed. “Our aim was to retain
the flair of each original track“ Piet and Jaspa elucidate. “We
wanted to them to sound just as they did when we made them, but clearer,
in the same way as one restores a painting. You don’t paint it from
scratch, you just bring out the colours again.“ Such loving attention
to detail is typical of BLANK & JONES, making them the artists they
are today, ready and able to see the bigger picture.
The album is also being released in Limited Edition format, in which The
Singles are complemented by an additional DVD, bringing together all BLANK & JONES
videos on one disc for the first time. The BLANK & JONES clips are
something worth seeing, with a artistic quality rarely seen in such a genre.
BLANK & JONES’ dramatic credentials are matched by their sense
of humour. Numerous famous names have featured in their videos, including
Estella Warren and Til Schweiger in Beyond Time, the latter having also
directed the clip.The DVD was produced and designed by Thomas Jahn, renowned
as scriptwriter and director of “Knocking On Heaven’s Door“ and
also the man responsible for The Hardest Heart, Mind Of The Wonderful,
Silence and Desire.
The video for the latest single, Catch, was directed by Conchita Soares
and Toni Froschhammer and features the thespian talents of TV actress Nadine.
The piece will not only be presented on the music channels, but will also
be shown at short film festivals over the summer.
BLANK & JONES’ roots are firmly placed in DJ culture. Year after
year, millions of ravers around the globe feel the heat of their sensational
sets at major events like Mayday, Nature One and Love Parade as well as
in clubs all over the world. BLANK & JONES mix DJ and live, making
the most of today’s technology. “We do everything digitally,
on the basis of Final Scratch, which allows us to use our own edits and
mixes, nothing comes straight from tape. Every set we play is unique, not
only sound-wise but also in terms of what we play and how we play it. Roughly
60% of our set consists of our own repertoire, as where better to present
our own material than via the DJ decks.“
BLANK & JONES are global players in the best sense of the word, with
a worldwide reputation to match. They are more than welcome guests at the
major festivals and raves in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia.
At the beginning of the year, they played to 15,000 fans in St. Petersburg!
They also travel further afield on a regular basis, to Canada, Mexico,
South America and Australia.
2005 saw BLANK & JONES spend a lot of time in the USA, where A Forest
proved to be a big success. Electronic music is growing and growing Stateside,
so BLANK & JONES will return to LA, San Diego, San Francisco and many
more cities in North America this year. Overwhelmingly positive reactions
to Catch on the initial instalment of the BLANK & JONES tour mean that
the American fans can hardly wait for The Singles to be released. This
will be the third BLANK & JONES US album.
Not content to rest on their laurels, Piet and Jaspa are already preparing
an exciting, new and unusual project. On May 26th, BLANK & JONES will
perform together with the Robert Schumann Kammerorchester conducted by
Alexander Shelly in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. The definitive electro-classical
The Singles will be released worldwide on May 12th on Kontor Records, a
milestone for electronic music. Essential listening for BLANK & JONES
fans, but also for fans in general who are into dance /house/ electro-.
The ultimate collection!