Hello Steve… Could you pls tell us more the photo sessions with Sheila Rock? You shared some photos from her with you before. They were looking like not a planned session but “a friend photographed to another friend…” Her frames were more snapshot-esque than controlled proffesional business. At least, the photos you shared before like this type. Thanks a lot.

Sheila and I lived together for a number of years and occassionally I was the subject of her photo tests as she was broadening her skills into fashion. She would also provide images for certain publications around at the time who would have an interest. Our Weimaraner was coerced into joining in sometimes:

(self with Kaff – photo by Sheila Rock)

photo by Sheila Rock

Hello Steve! I absolutely adore your work, you’ve really inspired me to persevere more with playing music. Apologies if you’ve been asked this before, I was wondering about the context of this picture – what exactly was going on here? Many thanks :) x

Thank you!

Hmmm the photo … I think I was being guided to the front of stage to throw flowers out during an encore … that’s about all I remember. By the look on Mick’s face I’d say he may have been tempted to push me off.


Long before we knew there was such a project as Nine Horses, Robert Fripp posted in his online diary a photo of you and David in his company in a London recording studio with a comment saying “Today I added a guitar part to another wonderful ballad by David Sylvian”. It later appeared that the song was intended for the Nine Horses album yet when Snowborne Sorrow came out it looked like this ballad did not make it or that Fripp’s part had not been kept. Do you remember which song it was and are there more songs from those Nine Horses sessions that stayed unreleased? Many Thanks R.

I can’t recall which track it was … possibly ‘The Librarian’ but we may have tried more than one that day. There are no unreleased Nine Horses tracks.

(self, Fripp and Sylvian at Eden Studios, London)

Jansen:Fripp:Sylain at Eden Studios

How has Japanese culture influenced you and your work? Obviously the name of your band came around more or less by chance, but did you and the rest of the members ever consider that Japan itself might have been some sort of inspiration for the music towards the end like with Tin Drum? Do you still draw anything from Japan (the country) with any of your current output?

I wouldn’t say that Japanese culture is directly influencing my output however I do feel that I have developed an underlying bond with Japan due to the amount of years I have been visiting and working there. Perhaps in that sense it has become an intrinsic part of me, whereas 25 years ago Japanese culture was having more of a superficial influence in terms of music, popular culture and technology.

Hello Steve… the artwork photo of your Now He Dreams… Is it the same tree which i remember from your panaromic widelux Manor Studio photo? I would like see more photographs from the same day, if possible please… Your Manor widelux my one of all time favourite Steve Jansen photograph. very haunted. all the best.

No this is in fact the tree I see everyday from my living room balcony and it was taken in January 2017 when London was enveloped in fog. I didn’t take any other Widelux images of The Manor itself however I have one of the friendly Irish Wolfhound on the grounds.

The Manor Studio's Irish Wolfhound (Bonzo?)

The song ‘When Monday comes around’ is one of my favourites of the “Nine Horses” period so the question i want to ask is why wasn’t it included on ‘Snow Borne Sorrow’ . The same could also be applied to ‘Money for all’ and ‘Get the hell out’, all were powerful tracks and i can’t believe that they were the afterthought.

‘When Monday Comes Around’ was specifically recorded after the completion of the album ‘Snow Borne Sorrow’ as a bonus track for the CD single release of ‘Wonderful World’. The tracks ‘Money For All’ and ‘Get The Hell Out’ were later recordings for a follow-up EP released two years after the album, therefore these tracks were written for a specific intention. The only track which was ‘unfinished’ by the time ‘Snow Borne Sorrow’ was ready was ‘Birds Sing For Their Lives’ which Stina Nordenstam had sung at the same time as singing ‘Wonderful World’ and which I later completed for the EP.