Piet Blank and Jaspa Jones are a production and DJ duo who played a significant role in the late-'90s commercialization of trance, though they went on to be known as much for their remixes and eclectic downtempo material. Beginning with 1997 single "Sunrise," they began releasing upbeat, euphoric tracks which appealed to clubs as well as pop radio, and they scored major hits with songs like 1999's "Cream" and 2002's "The Hardest Heart." While they continued to produce dance music, they began branching off into downtempo and ambient music starting with the first of many Relax full-lengths in 2003, in addition to compiling the multi-volume Chilltronica and Milchbar compilations. They also explored their obsession with '80s pop, dance, and new wave through collaborations with Robert Smith and Bernard Sumner as well as their extensive so80s (SoEighties) mix series, which they initiated in 2009. They returned to their club side with 2017's #WhatWeDoAtNight.
Blank and Jones first crossed paths at a Popkomm trade show. Together with help from producer Andy Kaufhold, they formed the Blank & Jones production team in 1995, and debuted in 1997 with "Sunrise." The same year, under one of their aliases, Da Bomb, they also carried out their first high-profile remix via Moby's "re-version" of "James Bond Theme." In 1999, the duo made commercial and overseas breakthroughs with the more forceful but just as melodic "Cream," a number 24 U.K. pop hit. The same year brought In da Mix, their first album, a continuous set of their own tracks.
Blank & Jones released the downtempo/ambient albums Dom and Silent Piano in 2006. In 2017, they resumed making dance music with #WhatWeDoAtNight. Dance-pop singles "Love from the Start" and "One" followed in 2018. ~ Andy Kellman & Paul Simpson