Artist of the Week: Jon Hopkins
Jon Hopkins is a British producer and musician known for his sophisticated arrangements, cross-gender beats and hypnotic ambience. He started his career as a keyboardist for Imogen Heap and has produced or featured as a musician in albums of top artists such as Brian Eno (an undeniable influence), Coldplay, Massive Attack and David Holmes.
After two first records filled with soothing chill-out music (2001’s Opalescent and 2004’s Contact Note) that failed to attract much attention in spite of some raving reviews and several tracks licensed to the highly popular TV series Sex and the City, Jon Hopkins finally reached acclamation with his third solo effort, 2009’s Inside, a Top 20 Billboard Dance/Electronic record that fused ambient electronica with dubstep-influenced bass and the occasional shoegazing nod. It was inevitable for him to be invited to write film scores and some of his most fascinating music can be found on the soundtracks of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones (2009) and Gareth Edwards’ Monsters (2010). The following years, he collaborated with Leo Abrahams in one of Brian Eno’s finest records of the last twenty years (2010’s Small Craft on a Milky Sea) and King Kresote in the ambient pastoral and Mercury Award nominated Diamond Mine (2011).
His recently released fourth solo album, Immunity, is the summation of all his past work: a both emotional and physical electronic record that has everything to finally set Jon Hopkins not only as a tremendous producer and collaborator, but as a genuine and talented artist of his own.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.