It is a typical late summer day in North Zealand. Typical in an unpredictable way. The sun battles intensely with heavy clouds, which periodically dump violent showers onto the landscape. This dampens the warm air, which is thick with the scent of fresh rain.
Jesper is in the kitchen brewing an afternoon coffee. His sharp posture and slick dress sense could be from the pages of a fashion magazine. His outfit is simple yet considered - training pants and crewneck sweat. His past abroad and in the fashion industry are evident in his effortless sense of style.
Jesper lived in London for more than a decade, and one still senses a hint of this period in his accent, which has a subtle British edge. He was employed as a marketing manager, representing major brands such as Giorgio Armani and Valentino in the UK.
But fashion was not the only thing that caught his interest at the time. Music has been a point of reference for Jesper since childhood. He clearly remembers laying on his bed in Esbjerg and watching the Tour de France in black and white.
Radio Luxembourg played loud in the background while Eddy Merckx rode to victory over the high mountains. Often, he would turn off the radio long after his bedtime, the music working its subliminal magic while he slept.
“Music has always meant a lot to me, it has been a huge part of my life.I worked as a professional producer and DJ in England and ever since I was a child I did not know the times tables - but I could memorize the entire Top 20 of the UK Chart. So the music has always been there, ” he says.
Jesper was already playing music before moving to England, but the buzz around the music scene in London was difficult to ignore, and it soon became an integral part of his life.
After being a DJ, it was easy to start producing music: "Yes, for the one or two seconds between changing LPs, you mix your very own piece of unique music - to your own taste".
At home in North Zealand, there is no doubt that Jesper’s passion for music remains completely intact. He has his very own studio which holds more than 15,000 records alongside professional DJ equipment. This studio has a kind of club atmosphere. Low ceilings, spotlights and loud music - and a scent of vinyl. Quickly he pulls out a few records and starts playing. It’s all electronic music, but Jesper says his taste has become broader over the years.
When I was younger, I often sat and looked at record covers, who had made and photographed them", he says.
The significance of the record cover brings us on to Jesper's next big interest - photography.
The desk and bookcase in his study are adorned with large thick photo books, and he enjoys sitting down and studying the colorful pictures, capturing the story they can tell.
There is no doubt that he finds inspiration from the best - old photographs and photographers fascinate him. It is the story in the picture that matters to Jesper, rather than the sharpness or whether it is shot on the absolute latest camera.
“When I got older and started cycling, I suddenly discovered the joy of having a camera with me. I do not take pictures on a mobile phone, I always have a camera with me”, Says Jesper while sitting in front of his computer, in the process of editing a picture.
Over the past few years, he has worked in the bicycle industry, within storytelling, brand-building and strategy. His passion for cycling is evident, with La Vuelta running in the background on the television.
When he arrives home, he touches up the picture until he feels it tells the best possible story about the moment he just experienced.
He might spice it up with lines and references from music - and in that way his interests fuse together in the most beautiful way.
“To me, cycling is not just about getting from A to B or training. For me, it's more of a trip - a kind of experience. So therefore it is to stop, look - and also listen to - where you are. That is an equally great experience. Often I ride somewhere to experience what is there,” he says.
The roads alternate between wet and dry, while water flows under the viaducts and on the gravel. It is still quite hot, while the sun is up.
We head home through the forest, mostly downhill - which is appropriate, with the sun sinking. With it goes the heat, both from the sky and the air.
“I like it when you get to the point where you can actually sit alone and work on a picture or listen to some music or even produce some music. And then comes that moment - which can also occur when you ride a bike - where you say: ‘Whoah - this, this is cool.’ and it hits you. That’s when you become affected by it,” says Jesper.
Bigger, but still individual.