(born Stephen Batt, 1 December 1959, in Beckenham
) is an English drummer
. He was educated at Catford Boys' School, Catford, South East London, where he failed academically, leaving at 16.
He is best known as a founding member of the group Japan
, along with his brother David Sylvian
(vocals, guitars and keyboards), Mick Karn
(bass guitar), Richard Barbieri
(keyboards), and Rob Dean
After Japan broke up in 1982, Jansen recorded
with bandmate Richard Barbieri
under the name The Dolphin Brothers
, with Jansen handling lead vocals as well as drums and percussion.
In 1991, Jansen, Barbieri, and Karn formed Medium Productions
as a venue for releasing their own music, as well as releases by other artists.
Jansen has worked extensively as a session musician
and in collaboration with a wide range of international artists, such as Yukihiro Takahashi
and Italian singer-songwriter Alice
. His most recent project is Nine Horses
with David Sylvian and Burnt Friedman
, which has given birth to one album and one extended play CD released through Sylvian's record label Samadhisound
Jansen played drums and percussion on tour with Sylvian through the latter half of 2007. Jansen's first solo album, entitled Slope
, was released on 15 January 2008.
Jansen has recently indicated that he is currently working on new compositions, which may result in either his second solo release or possibly a future Nine Horses