Bridging the Divide is a recording project based in the Netherlands that creates distinctive pop music with a modern twist. Inspired by the diverse sounds of the 70s, their music has been compared to artists such as Pink Floyd, Queen, and Alan Parsons Project. The project approaches music with a collaborative attitude, bringing in a variety of talented musicians for each track in order to create the best possible sound. Some of the previous collaborators include Ton Scherpenzeel, best known for his work with bands like Kayak and Camel, as well as 10CC's Graham Gouldman and Paul Burgess. The production team, consisting of Joost Peters, Jan Vranken, and Sjoerd Rutten, is dedicated to producing music with great attention to detail. In addition to music, Bridging the Divide also includes art design by Hans Bremmers and video production by Accepthis as part of their project. All tracks are written, recorded, and mixed by Bridging the Divide, and the team has worked with top studios such as Galaxy and Abbey Road to ensure the highest quality final mix and mastering. Their dedication to producing the best possible music has earned them a reputation for creating tracks that are brimming with great textures and attention to detail.
Joost has spent his life in music both on the road and as a session-musician. Joost is well known as one of the best bass-players around. He has become well known as composer for original dressage music and he has reached world class level doing so. In 2009 he produced the famous “Totally Totilas” freestyle for Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas, setting the world record score for a freestyle at 92,700%. A record that stood for almost 5 years. For his dressage music, Joost has worked with musicians like Wibi Sourjadi, Elton John, Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. Joost and Jan go way back over more then 30 years. When they started composing and producing together in 2014, Bridging the Divide was born.
Jan, played in his first band ' the Next' when he was 15 years old. Pink Floyd, Queen, Herman Brood & His Wild Romance, their heroes, who they tried to imitate. Since then he never left music. Jan went through al stages, played punk with 'the Poisened Mind' , slick R'nB with Soso Skin. Eventually he spent years playing the club circuit with coverband 'Jackfruit' and in the nineties he made a very small claim to fame with rocktrio 'Garp'. Over the years Jan started to write music for others, made commercial generics, and coached starting bands. As a music journalist for Dutch Maxazine he keeps up to date with all the new music happening everywhere. Jan and Joost go way back over more then 30 years, when they started composing and producing together in 2014 Bridging the Divide was born.
From the time we started recording 'Native Land' we have collaborated with Sjoerd Rutten on drums. Not only did he make music on the tracks, but gradually his influence has grown. He is musically, technically and creatively gifted, and also just a top guy. So time to make it official. Bridging the Divide is now a trio !
Sjoerd graduated from the Maastricht Conservatory and has since become a much sought-after session musician. In addition, he is no stranger to the national pop stages where he played drums at Symfo Classics, among other things, and also played drums as a replacement for Hans Eijkenaar in prog rock legends Kayak.