Born in Kingston upon Thames, England, Jon Hopkins is a leading pioneer of ambient electronic music. His work can differ radically in style, from pure house and techno to contemporary classical, but it is always imbued with an emotional subtext. Over his illustrious career, he has collaborated with Brian Eno, Wayne McGregor, David Holmes and Coldplay. Hopkins is also an accomplished piano player and frequently plays the piano at live performances.
Jon Hopkins broke into the music business as a keyboard player and sampler for the backup band of electronic artist Imogen Heap. After signing his own deal with the independent London label Just Music, Hopkins released his full-length debut album called Opalescent in 2001, which blended together piano, guitars, deep drums and a slow, plaintive beat. A second album called Contact Note came out three years later. Taking a short hiatus from his solo career, Hopkins began to collaborate with legendary ambient musician Brian Eno for the album Another Day on Earth. Eno then invited Hopkins to join a recording session with Coldplay, for which he would work as a producer, organist and synthesizer on the album Viva la Vida. He later served as the opening act on Coldplay's 2008 world tour. Basking in this extra attention, Hopkins returned to the recording studio and released the solo album Insides in 2009. The album was his first to reach the US electronic chart at a peak position of No. 15. At the same time, Hopkins continued to pursue his association with Brian Eno. Together with Leo Abrahams, they released Small Craft on a Milk Sea in 2010, which reached No. 2 on the electronic chart. That same year, Hopkins created the soundtrack to the Gareth Edwards-directed film Monsters, for which he received a nomination from the Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Score. Hopkins continued to develop a more cohesive and sophisticated sound with the release of the 2013 solo album Immunity, which reached No. 13 on the US electronic chart and received a nomination from the British Mercury Prize. His 2018 album Singularity became his greatest commercial and critical success. Not only did it peak at No. 9 in the UK and No. 1 on the US electronic chart, but it also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album although he eventually lost out to Woman Worldwide by Justice.
Jon Hopkins plays a selection of his most well-known songs, including "Singularity," "Emerald Rush," "Neon Pattern Drum," "Everything Connected," "Open Eye Signal," "Collider," "Luminous Beings" and "Light Through the Veins." He also performs covers of "Magnets" by Disclosure and "Two Dancers" by Wild Beasts. The exact setlist may be subject to change at any time.
What can I expect from a Jon Hopkins concert?
Part light show, part rave, part live music video, Jon Hopkins's concerts are a visual and audio feast for the senses. All his songs are accompanied by special effects or real footage projected on the screen behind him.
How long is a Jon Hopkins concert?
A typical concert lasts around an hour depending on the nature of the event.
Which artists are similar to Jon Hopkins?
If you enjoy the ambient music of Jon Hopkins, then you might want to check out seven-time Grammy winner and his fellow collaborator Brian Eno.Back to Top
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