There Are Always Two People in Every Picture

by Sabrina Hipp

Joris Voorn Premieres a New Track and Speaks About His Album Art
The term "landscape" derives from the Dutch word landschap, which originally meant "region, tract of land" but acquired the artistic connotation, "a picture depicting scenery on land" in the early 1500s (American Heritage Dictionary, 2000).

The development of the term in the Netherlands was logical because, at this time, the rising Protestant middle class sought secular art for their homes, creating the need for new subjects to meet their tastes; landscapes helped fill this need.

Joris Voorn, the Dutch DJ and record producer, makes music from a pictorial place, “When making music I envision spaces, atmospheres, even colors. ” He says, “I don’t have Synesthesia, but for me music and color go very well together. Some tracks sound more green, others more orange or yellow.” His new album, Nobody Knows fuses the pastoral with the human, “It’s a topic all travelling DJ’s can relate to.” He says, on the album’s title, “You lose that sense of home when you’re always on the road. From the outside it looks like you’re living the life, but the reality is usually different. Sometimes the one thing you want most is to be home with family and friends.”

How does the landscape photography featured on the album work in plexus with the album's title and meaning to you as an artist? I did the photography myself on a trip to California with my family in June. I tried working together with an artist/designer for the album artwork, but he pulled out last minute, and then another one wasn’t available on such short notice. Being in California with this beautiful nature I was making lots of photos and eventually decided to just shoot my own album artwork. I didn’t really have a concept or idea; I just shot those images and made a selection that I thought would fit well with the atmosphere of the music. The cover photo is shot from my brother-in-law’s house in the hills of Yucca Valley. It’s a little enhanced color-wise, but the original photo had great colors already.

What mindset do you want your music to create for listeners? When I listen to music I like to be sucked in, to be taken on a journey. This can happen with a single song or a complete album, as long as I can escape and feel like I’m someplace else for a moment. With [Nobody Knows] I’ve tried to create a similar experience. Melodies are very important for the journey, but ambiance and texture of production are essential too. That’s why you hear so many little details on most of the tracks, there’s a lot going on musically. The perfect way to listen to the music would be on headphones, just close your eyes and take a trip.

If you had to pinpoint a specific moment in time you feel your album derives from, where/what would it be? Does it come from a personal place, or something felt as a group? The inspiration for the journey came from almost all music I listened to since I was maybe 15 or 16. The melodies are not very (Detroit) Techno anymore but refer more to the indie music I listened to 20 years ago. In that sense it’s going back to my musical roots. The circle is round.

I’d say it’s more of a personal space. Nobody Knows is an intimate album that came together in search of a new sound I was trying to find for myself as an artist, a new way of expressing myself rather than doing dance floor tracks to be played in font of thousands of people. The music doesn’t fit the festivals I play every summer; it’s more for listening all by yourself or to dance to in smaller clubs.