The Timewriter

~ Person

Legal name: Jean F. Cochois

Also performs as: Drain Pipe, JFC (German DJ/producer Jean F. Cochois), Journeyman (alias for Jean F. Cochois), Papillion (techno producer JF Cochois)


Jean F. Cochois aka The Timewriter is a German house record producer. His trademark style can be characterised by its dense and atmospheric sound. UK Muzik magazine wrote: "This is real 21st century soul music, overflowing with magic". Under various pseudonyms he has been releasing 12" and artist albums on labels as Plastic City, Mole Listening Pearls, Elektrolux and American labels such as Wave Music, Driftwood, and Fiji. He amalgamates the deep soul of Motown with synthetic sound productions.

While still at boarding school, he eagerly explored the field of composition and became familiar with diverse musical styles. Cochois first entered the music scene in 1994 when he began working with label Plastic City, based in Mannheim. His debut 12" was released in 1995 on Plastic City. He looked up to bands like Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, Alan Parsons, Vangelis and Jean Michele Jarre. Motown artists like Bobby Womack, Marvin Gaye or The Four Tops are also among his heroes. Other important sources of inspiration are Roxy Music and Marillion. In some of his songs influence of Michael Stearns is noticeable but he never confirmed this.

He has worked for artists such as Enigma, the ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür (Yamo), Mike Oldfield, Yello, Faithless and Boy George to name a few.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Letters From the Jester The Timewriter 2
1998 Jigsaw Pieces The Timewriter 3
2002 Diary of a Lonely Sailor The Timewriter 1
2005 Paintbox The Timewriter 1
2010 Tiefenschön The Timewriter 1
Soulstickers The Timewriter 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Deep Train 5: Sensual Dawn The Timewriter 5 1
2009 Deep Train 6: Dedication The Timewriter 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Bargrooves: The Black Collection Ben Sowton & The Timewriter 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Resended Part One The Timewriter 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Let's Keep Our Love Going The Timewriter 1
1996 Smashing Friendship The Timewriter 1
1998 Did My Time / Smashing Friendship The Timewriter 1
2005 Love Is Beautiful The Timewriter 1
2007 Room Of A Million Rainbows The Timewriter 1
2008 Vintage Circuits The Timewriter 1
2008 Flicking Pages (Remixes) The Timewriter 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Soul Strut, Volume 1 The Timewriter 1
1995 Soul Strut, Volume 2 The Timewriter 1
1997 So Much Pain Inside The Timewriter 1
1998 Belief The Timewriter 1
1998 More Pieces The Timewriter 1
2000 Dr. Goodtime The Timewriter 1
2007 Handsome Machine E.P. The Timewriter 1

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