The Jan Blomqvist sound is by now unmistakable. Deep and fat analog bass pads, layered and breathing dynamically, creating a melodic rhythmic drive and upbeat-yet-melancholic chords upon which Jan’s signature vocals play. His voice is what stands him apart from most live club and electronic concerts acts today, with his nonchalant monotonic verses, soaring refrain hooks, fuzzy distant tonal atmospheres and almost always on-point lyrics. All this is is spliced with massive club beats consisting always of 808 kick-drums, vintage drum-machine toms and hand-made, hand-played percussion grooves.
A written description of his sound though is just words. You can get a feeling for his sound when you listen to the audio of his 2 albums, numerous EPs, Remixes and Features (in total over 80 released tracks) on your turntables, headphones or stereo, but that feeling will pale in comparison to the feeling from the full experience of being in the crowd, on the dancefloor when he plays them live. You will know what I mean if you have been at one of his 700 live concerts in the past 10 years. The near-overwhelming positive feedback and encouragement from fans and promoters has had him on constant tour, all over the world since 2012. It becomes easy to see then why he is considered among the most hard-working and passionate people in the music industry today, and his latest output, the 12 tracks that comprise the new Disconnected album, released in October 2018, shows he is just hitting his stride.
Jan’s early live concert performances in the 90’s were a fusion of punk, hardcore, britpop and rock and roll. But his music was growing with the times as he was inspired by the increasing and diverse use and experimentation of electronic instruments and noise in the then-modern radio and club music. Artists like Stephan Bodzin, James Holden, Trentemøller, Moby and bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, to name but a few, dropped too many hints about interesting musical directions for Jan to ignore. Still a teenager then he broke up the band and moved to Berlin where he immersed himself in the electro movement, studying every artist, dj, and character he encountered. Jan folded in with inspiring crews like those at the Bar25 who not only exposed him to their forward thinking politics, but were inspired by Jan’s passion and unique worldview and signed him to their booking agency. He reformed his old band and began perfecting a machine-like super tight sound that would bring a rock and roll stage presence to the clubs and resulted in an amazing live show. Key gigs at the Fusion Festival, viral music videos, a very big jet plane cover and a debut EP on Stil vor Talent launched him directly into the center of the game to reinvent deep house music. The following cornerstone performances at Burning Man in 2016 and the legendary Zero Parties (from 2013-2018) in New York catapulted his sound into the North American scene and set a clean and mature example of the second wave of the electronic music movement, as you can hear on his spectacular debut album Remote Control from 2016 and his newest œuvre Disconnected.