BLATNOVA is the indie electronic chanteuse and producer alter-ego of contemporary classical composer Jobina Tinnemans.
Away from the glamorous world of contemporary classical music, Jobina produces her BLATNOVA songs on hammond organs held together with sticky tape, toy synths rescued from dumpsters and found sounds from nature. From these humble ingredients she conjures soundscapes that carry you away into a world of haunting melodies and sultry vocals, backdropped by an expansive sonic landscape of restless rhythms and mesmerising electronics.
Tinnemans started out as a product designer in the Netherlands but gradually her second career of being a musician and producer took over and the artist that is BLATNOVAwas born. During the period when she was creating what was to become the core sound of BLATNOVA, Tinnemans lived in deserted office blocks in Eindhoven. The expansive space and industrial setting all helped to influence and shape her music, in that it expresses that sense of being alone with the walls in the far distance and the street sounds of the commercial district just within earshot, present yet indistinct. During this time Tinnemans honed her skills, performing many BLATNOVA concerts in unusual spaces such as bunkers, gasometers and derelict buildings.
In 2008, having decided that the best place for her music was the UK,Tinnemans packed up a truck with her synths, organs and toys and moved to the remote hillsides of rural Pembrokeshire, under the mistaken impression that it was quite close to London. The wild and untamed countryside struck a chord in Tinnemans and she became inspired by the natural world and started to use her observations and field recordings in her music. At around this time Tinnemans started to compose acclaimed contemporary classical music under her own name and the entities that are Jobina Tinnemans and BLATNOVA became separate (although they still keep in touch). Her classical Jekyll informs her indie-pop Hyde and vice versa, the two are never too far apart.
BLATNOVA has since gone from strength to strength, involving more gigs in unusual places, tours of Europe and even providing music for fashion shows in New York. As Tinnemans has grown and evolved as a human being, so has her music evolved to show a more emotional and heartfelt persona. At once quirky yet formal and as naive as it is wise, BLATNOVA expresses the feelings and solitude of rural wildlands and the industrial heartland all at once. As a highly skilled producer in her own right as well as a writer and performer, Tinnemans produces all her own work and occasionally for others. She has even produced a piece (as BLATNOVA) that was distributed with Ableton Live 9 as a demo to demonstrate how to use the software to create a pro-sounding song. The outlook is shiny for BLATNOVA, with more releases and concerts in the near future. Follow BLATNOVA to be sure to not miss any new events.