Earlier this year, Kim Janssen toured the United States and at the last edition of EuroSonic Noorderslag, where he was one of the events great surprises. This week Volkoreni – in cooperation with Munich Records- will release Kim’s debut album ‘The Truth Is, I’m Always Responsible’.
The great talent of the fresh 20-year old singer-songwriter couldn’t go unnoticed for too much longer. After emerging last year as the newest member of the Volkoren family, the younger Kim has since travelled half the world, supporting The Black Atlantic on tour in Europe, and last November even performed his first shows in the United States.
Finally, Kim’s debut album, ‘The Truth Is, I’m Always Responsible…’ is ready for release. Kim Janssen has lived the largest part of his life with his parents in Asia and has recently returned to The Netherlands. For many years, Kim wrote songs about the people and places he had missed. He put the songs on tape and hid it under his bed. After high school, his demo ended up miraculously in the hands of award winning producer Robby Baier, who invited Kim to come to America to record his debut album in Baier’s studio. Together with several session musicians (including Marla Hansen from the band Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond) Kim returned with a brilliant singer songwriter album. Too good to be true?
04.04 Gleiss 22 – Munster (DE)
09.04 Livingroom Show – Gent (BE)
16.05 4AD – Diksmuide (BE)
10.09 Schuhfabrik – Ahlen (DE)
11.09 Ex Lindenhof – Duisburg (DE)
14.09 Ponybar – Hamburg (DE)
17.09 Spatz & Wal – Unna (DE)
More about: Kim Janssen.
Kim Janssen (yaen-sen) grew up following his folks around various cities all over Asia. From little villages below the Himalayas where he took long trips through the snow, to Bangkok, where the lights from skyscrapers and long lines of traffic would make the city glow long after young Kim had fallen fast asleep. Sometimes he stayed up at night drinking coffee and playing his guitar behind his desk, humming a long softly so as not to wake anybody up. He found he could draw from his memories and make up stories, even visit all the places he missed and the friends he had left behind. It gave some comfort even if it was a little tarnished, because you can’t shake a wistfulness for the old days.
He returned home to Holland where he borrowed a four track and a mic from an acquaintance and recorded his songs, putting them on a cd and hiding it under his bed. It made its way however into the hands of a manager in New York by the name of Lance Labreche and before Kim knew it he was covering up against a harsh winter in New York City. In the spring he took a train up into Massachusetts to a small town tucked away in the Berkshire hills. He spent ten days in an old, abandoned train station where producer Robby Baier had built a studio and kept most of the many instruments he had collected over the years. Kim sang and played his guitar parts and also found an old acoustic piano, sleigh bells, a fender rhodes, a howler, some thunder and a little toy piano. Robby invited his friends to come over and play drums, upright bass, pedal steel string guitar and trumpet. Kim had also been fortunate enough to cross paths with Marla Hansen who he had been listening to on Sufjan Steven’s “Songs for Christmas” all winter, and managed to convince her to sing and play viola one afternoon in her apartment in Brooklyn between tours with My Brightest Diamond and The National. He returned home in the summer where his songs and news of his travels had reached the ears of Dutch label VOLKOREN who offered to release his recordings. Although the record (Kim decided to call it “The Truth Is, I Am Always Responsible”) isn’t coming out until the beginning of next year, Kim has been busy recording the “V” ep to celebrate his label’s fifth birthday and writing “Major Cities”, a collection of songs that he performs with twenty of his friends.