? “It’s Too Late” is taken from JES’ highly acclaimed album “High Glow” and is a perfect example of what the Queen of Rocktronica is capable of. A tight and innovative electro dance production that works as the ultimate vehicle for JES’ pristine vocals. With a truly addictive chorus ‘It’s Too Late” is the perfect dance floor sing along, while the infectious radio edits should take JES straight to the top of the dance radio play lists and charts.
Featuring a brand new video that exemplifies what can happen when creative minds set to work with the latest hand held tech. JES and her team (Katheryne “Ktee” Thomas & Richard Robson) produced the video shooting entirely on the iPhone 4 with the remarkable olloclip 3-in-ONE quick connect lens system (www.olloclip.com).
The video features First State’s remix which is hitting the Billboard Top 20 right now. Maintaining the fragile atmosphere that surrounded the original, it keeps the focus on JES’ enticing vocals. The elaborate use of a variety of instruments only adds to the excitement that this version creates. As the remix rolls on we’re literally drenched in not only a rough rolling bass line, but also big fat sounding strings and synths. Remixing at it’s best, this is must hear music…
As JES embarks on an explosive new year, the artist releases “Awaken,” the third single from her album, High Glow, which entered the Billboard Electronic Albums Chart in 2010. The video for the guitar driven and rhythmic life-affirming song was directed partially underwater and across desert landscapes disappearing into vibrant blue skies at Anza-Borrego State Park in California. The single “Awaken,” released by Black Hole Recordings & Ultra Records USA, and video will premiere worldwide on Jan. 31, 2011. The tight underground remix package will include Inpetto, Thomas Gold, Ronski Speed, Coco Channel, Ron Reeser, and Dan Saenz.
“Awaken” follows JES’ recent hit singles “Imagination,” “Lovesong” and “Closer.” “Lovesong,” rapidly grabbed mainstream success with the #1 spot on Clear Channel’s iHeart Radio NEW Discover and Uncover Hit Chart for 15 weeks straight and the ‘rocktronica’ styled video was featured on MTV’s Logo NewNowNext Poplab in May. JES is also being recognized for her artistry in the music industry with her participation, including lyrics and vocals, on BT’s album, These Hopeful Machines. BT’s album, featuring work by JES is currently nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Her haunting collaboration with BT on the song “Every Other Way,” reached international cult status with a stellar remix from the worlds #1 DJ Armin Van Buuren.
JES continues to reach fans with breathtaking shows headlining arenas and clubs from her native US to Egypt and China for global brands such as: Gatecrasher, Godskitchen and Ministry of Sound.
With a feature in the recent issue of Elle magazine, her music in ELLE’s web series “Dirty Little Secret” and completing the famed Honolulu Marathon, helping to raise more than $600,000 with her team for the L.A. based charity APLA, JES is bringing her music to an even wider pop-culture audience. This year she will continue to break boundaries as she plays live DJ set shows and begins touring with the JES Band.
Awaken Video Credits:
Record Label: Black Hole Recordings
Production House: Planetjes Inc & In Ohm Entertainment
Post House: Argyle Post & WOW Factory
Executive Producer: Arny Bink & Tom Fritze
Director: Katheryne KTEE Thomas & JES
Producer- Katheryne KTEE Thomas
Director of Photography: Irfan Merchant
Additional Underwater Camera: Katheryne KTEE Thomas
Additional Desert Camera: Katheryne KTEE Thomas & Jane Lawalata
Line Producer: Kris Pyland
Associate Producer: Jane Lawalata
Art Direction/Styling: Kendrick Osorio
Desert Makeup: Roshar Sandage
Desert Hair: Tony Vin
Water Makeup/Hair: Amanda Thomas
Styling/Wardrobe Assistant: Jeremy Waters
Editor/VFX: John Young
Additional Editing: Katheryne KTEE Thomas
Gaffer: PJ Severtson
Grip: Matt Burkee
PA: Ronnie Nasino
After having my very first exclusive interview with Jes, also known as Jes Brieden (real name), or else “the voice of Tiesto” back in May this year, few weeks ago I have been given another chance to speak to her in relation to her latest world tour advertising her latest album “High Glow.” During this exclusive interview, Jes spoke about her last countries she visited recently, as well as one of the most funny and intresting stories while touring the album. She also told me about her latest singles being released such as “Closer” and “Awaken” which is going to be a video added to it as well. She also managed to spread the word about some future projects ahead, that means 2011 is going to be a lot busier than 2010 for sure. On top of all those amazing details about her musical life she also managed to say that Rocktronica, it was, is it and always will be Rocktronica for a while.
Go behind the scenes of JES’ latest smash hit Closer.
1.Radio Edit // Bimbo Jones Radio Edit // 3.Loverush UK! Radio Edit // 4.Coco Channel Radio Edit // 5.Bimbo Jones Remix // 6.Loverush UK! Remix // 7.Loverush UK! Dub // 8.Kris O’Neil Remix // 9.Marc Lime & K Bastian Remix // 10. Coco Channel Klub Mix // 11.Josh Harris Club Mix // 12.TwisteDDisko Remix // 13.Jim Jacobsen Remix
“Closer” is a journey into an unforgettable sonic photograph – fusing pop, futuristic electro-dance rhythms and riffs with JES’ uniquely touching vocal performance. The new single brings all fans one step “Closer” together as the song features a universal allure.
Instalment number 6 in the JES Podcast series. This one features remixes from her new album High Glow, as well as a brand new never released special bonus song from JES’s own vaults.
JES-Such A Long Time (Acapella Mix)
JES- Fascination (Dave Silcox Remix)
JES- Halfway Gone
JES- Closer (Josh Harris Remix)
JES-Unleash The Beat
JES & Richard Durand N.Y.C (Twisted Disko Remix)
JES is an artist who fully inhabits her music, building on the passion of all her previous works that stir deep emotions. As each song soars, she creates a palpable connection with her audience, whether it’s between the ears on an iPod, acoustically in a small venue, or by tens of thousands in an arena. Her newest single, “Closer,” from HIGH GLOW pulls from the pop genre with the roots of the song deep in Rocktronica.
“Closer” is a journey into an unforgettable sonic photograph – fusing pop, futuristic electro-dance rhythms and riffs with JES’ uniquely touching vocal performance. The new single brings all fans one-step “Closer” together as the song features a universal allure. The new single will be available worldwide including online at iTunes, Amazon.com, UltraRecords.com, BlackHolerecordings.com, and select retail outlets worldwide.
The brand new track exhibits strong mainstream crossover appeal and has already created a swarm of remixes. “Closer” features a stellar supporting lineup with many of the hottest remix talent policing the beats. Bimbo Jones takes the floor on a dreamy electro-house journey to the heart of JES’ ethereal vocals, as the Coco Channel’s Klub Edit grooves its way through “Closer” with plenty of breathy JES vocal treatment.
Jim Jacobsen pares down “Closer” to an introspective, minimal sound with soul-tingling touches of dub and Twisted Disko takes a sassy midnight trip through “Closer” morphing vocals and melody into a sonic Picasso. Josh Harris’ lush remix is a harmonic summer sunset laced with danceable builds & breaks. Newcomers, Marc Lime & K Bastian’s synthy affair evokes a swanky eighties dance floor with its fierce melody. Loverush UK!’s production and JES’ vocals combine in a rare and passionate embrace that you don’t ever want to end, while Kris O’Neil’s remix is the deepest and bassists of the bunch with flashy drums and huge vocal drops.
JES’ video for “Closer” is rich with all the vibrancy that’s expected of JES. From her structured outfits to her colorful makeup and signature crystal-like eyepiece, everything about her here is extravagant. At the same time, none of this takes away from what is a killer performance video. The clip starts off with JES and her backup dancers holding long rods of light that are used to illuminate the tight choreography that ensues throughout the video. “Closer” offers a great visual of lighting, mirror and camera tricks as you see JES in different perspectives. In one frame, you even see JES at her most intimate where her makeup is bare and her hair is let down. Her presence demands attention like no other, and amidst all of the dancing and different lighting, you’ll feel like you’re in a club yourself alongside by JES. Produced by Katheryne KTEE Thomas and directed by Ian Lyman and JES, this video’s message is as deep and touching as JES’ voice itself.
JES is proud to announce her participation in the global NOH8 Campaign. JES joins a distinguished list of celebrities and dignitaries who have posed for the iconic photo to raise awareness for equality. The NOH8 Campaign was created in protest of Proposition 8, California’s anti same-sex marriage law of 2008. The portraits, by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and co-founder Jeff Parshley, feature celebrities with duct tape over their mouth and the letters NOH8 written across their cheek, which illustrates their voices being silenced by Prop 8.
“I am very excited to be part of the NOH8 campaign. Equality is what brings us together as a nation, makes us stronger and will propel us into harmony,” says Jes. “I’m proud to be one of the many faces that aid this cause.”
Nearly two years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 4,500 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.
For more information and to donate and purchase this photo, as well as others go to www.NOH8campaign.com
For more information on JES and her newest album High Glow, please visit: www.planetjes.com
In all my years of listening to music, I have purchased many a CD or album specifically for only one or two songs. “Thank you, Jes,” for compiling so many great tracks on your albums that allow us to listen to these perfectly mastered compilations without interruption! Metallica, Pearl Jam, Sade, Björk, U2, The Police, Sheryl Crow, The Cure, Prince, Tiësto, David Guetta, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, and Michael Jackson are just a few artists that come to mind, who no doubt, have the skill to do the same.