Planningtorock is British born, Berlin based musician and visual artist Janine Rostron. Her critically acclaimed debut album, Have It All, was released in 2006 on her own label, Rostron Records, and distributed worldwide via Chicks On Speed.
Since then Planningtorock has been touring her 'larger-than-life' one-woman show extensively throughout Europe and the US – both solo and together with artists such as LCD Sound System, Hot Chip, Peaches and The Knife.
After two years on the road, Planningtorock returned to Berlin to begin work on her second album. “The stage is where I write most of my music, it’s where I discover the meaning and sentiments which interest me and with which to write songs …I find it hard to write lyrics in the studio staring at four walls but in the live show where energy and emotions are running high, this is the moment when write.” (Planningtorock, Dec ’09)
After two years of writing, recording and producing, Planningtorock worked with friends Felix Martin and Al Doyle (Hot Chip) on a little more production and mixing and travelled to New York to record with Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) on drums.The new album, Planet 9 is due to be released early 2010 on James Murphy’s DFA label.
In conjunction with new writing, recording and producing, Planningtorock has developed a brand new live show for which to tour the record.Constructing an elaborate world of multi video projections, using new technology and distinctive imagery made from personal sketches and footage, Planningtorock is taking her already unique show to another level.
Always the maker of her own videos, this visual language informs a huge part of Planningtorock’s musical world. Through the rough edits of songs and the hand- held camera shots of self-made videos, Planningtorock uses the raw feelings and openness of both to write songs and complete them.
In addition to her personal projects, Planningtorock has also been collaborating with The Knife and Mt Sims to co-write a groundbreaking new Electro Opera about Charles Darwin titled “Tomorrow, in a year”. The opera debuted at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Theatre in September 2009. The double CD will be released March 2010 on Rabid Records.
As a visual artist Janine Rostron has presented works in various gallery spaces including MAMA (Rotterdam), Galleria Riccardo Crespi (Milan), Tate Modern (London), Extra City (Antwerp) and Centro Cultural Montehermoso (Vitorio-Gasteiz). She has performed internationally at high-profile art and theatre festivals and institutions.
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