Bridging The Divide is not normal 'band'. It is a recording-project,  based in the Netherlands. They have a distinctive approach to pop music, blurring the lines between the deep and diverse sound of the 70s, yet endowing their music with a modern age. The project’s  work has been compared to the sound and feel of artists as diverse as Pink Floyd, Queen and Alan Parsons Project,  only to mention but a few. BTD  makes music with a very collaborative attitude, seeking to include different musicians for every track. Whether they collaborate with famous artists or undiscovered talents, they always have one goal in mind: making the best music they possibly can. For this reason, their recordings are usually a sign of great attention to details and blooming with great textures.

 

 

 

 


Joost Peters

photo by : Patrick Strouken
photo by : Patrick Strouken

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 Vranken

Photo: Patrick Strouken
Photo: Patrick Strouken

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.