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Steve Jansen

Steve Jansen
Birth name Stephen Batt
Born (1959-12-01) 1 December 1959
Origin Beckenham, Kent, England
Genres New wave, pop, post-punk, art rock, experimental rock
Instruments Drums, electronic percussion, keyboards, sampler
Years active 1974–present
Labels Medium Productions
Samadhi Sound
Associated acts Japan
The Dolphin Brothers
Rain Tree Crow
David Sylvian
Jansen Barbieri Karn (JBK)
Nine Horses
Website Steve

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.

He is a founding member of the group Japan, along with his brother David Sylvian (vocals, guitars and keyboards), Mick Karn (bass guitar), Richard Barbieri (keyboards), and Rob Dean (guitar).

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."[1] 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


  • Discography 1
    • with Japan 1.1
    • with Rain Tree Crow 1.2
    • with Jansen/Barbieri 1.3
    • with Jansen/Barbieri/Karn 1.4
    • with The Dolphin Brothers 1.5
    • with Jansen/Barbieri/Takemura 1.6
    • with D'Agostino/Foxx/Jansen 1.7
    • with I'Anson 1.8
    • with Vault of Blossomed Ropes 1.9
  • References 2
  • External links 3


with Japan

with Rain Tree Crow

with Jansen/Barbieri

  • 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)

with Jansen/Barbieri/Karn

  • 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)

with Jansen/Barbieri/Takemura

  • 1997 – Changing Hands (Medium Productions)

with D'Agostino/Foxx/Jansen

  • 2009 - A Secret Live (Metamatic)

with I'Anson

  • 2013 – In Chances of Light (Maker[2])

with Vault of Blossomed Ropes

  • 2014 – Vault of Blossomed Ropes (Triple Bath[3])


  1. ^ "Steve Jansen, Slope". Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
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External links

  • Steve Jansen's web site
  • SamadhiSound site
  • Overview of Steve Jansen's recorded material

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