Tender Extinction is a very beautiful album and has been the soundtrack of my life for the last few months. I really enjoyed the fact you decided to sing on it. I read you didn’t particularly agree that you had an interesting voice but I know a lot of people who do and to me it adds something to the album, making it more personal maybe. It definitely adds to the collection of vocal textures the album represents. I wondered if you had taken photos of the album sessions? It would be interesting to see the different vocalists in action. Assuming there were such things as sessions or did these collaborations happen via email whereby you’d send them the finished instrumental parts and they would add their own contribution separately? I’m also very grateful that you invited Perry Blake to appear on Her Distance. All the Best, R.

Thanks for letting me know you enjoy ‘Tender Extincton’, it’s very much appreciated. The entire album was made virtually by exchanging audio files so I’ve no photographs of work in progress. I think it’s a great method for musicians and vocalists to take their time to attain the performances they’re happy with, provided they have the facilitates to self-record, and it’s easy to go back and fourth so you don’t have to go with the initial ideas. I haven’t met Perry since we worked together in the early 2000’s, I’ve not met Nicola since we worked together on her Mandalay project some 30 years ago, and I’ve never met Melentini. Thomas and Tim I meet more frequently but not during the recording of ‘Tender Extinction’. That might seem odd to some but I think a lot of us like working this way.

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?)