Basto (musician)

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Basto
13-03-29 Paaspop Basto! 01.jpg
Basto at Paaspop Festival 2013
Background information
Birth name Jef Martens
Also known as B---- Boys, Candyman, Dirty Bunch, DJ Basik, Lazy Jay, Jin Sonic, Kings of Porn
Born (1975-01-08) 8 January 1975 (age 40)
Hoogstraten, Belgium
Genres Electro house, progressive house, house
Occupation(s) Record producer, musician
Years active 2005–present
Labels Wandu Records, Spinnin' Records, Just Entertainment, ARS, Be Yourself Music
Associated acts John Dahlbäck, Lasgo
Website basto-music.com

Jef Martens (born 8 January 1975), better known by his stage name Basto, is a Belgian musician and DJ specializing in electro house music and signed to the ARS label. He has also been known by various aliases such as Bitch Boys, Candyman, Dirty Bunch, DJ Basik, Lazy Jay, Jin Sonic, and Kings of Porn. He is also a current member of the Belgian dance group Lasgo. He is best known for producing Azealia Banks' hit debut single "212" under the alias of "Lazy Jay", together with his brother Toon. Martens also co-produced with the band Lasgo in 2009 and 2010 on a numbers of singles.

Musical career[edit]

He started DJing in 2005, finding local success in Belgium and the Netherlands through "Rock With You" (2005) and a later cooperation with Peter Luts in "On My Own" (2008). It was with "Gregory's Theme" (2011) that Basto found chart success in France. The song was originally written as an orchestral piece, in homage to Hugh Laurie's iconic TV character Gregory House, and was later transformed into a dance record by Basto. After some well-received remixes for well-known artists, including Kylie Minogue, Moby and Sander Van Doorn, he gained international fame through a successful dance hit, "Again and Again" in 2011. Basto! dropped the exclamation mark from his name to be known as Basto. He also produced Scream & Shout for will.i.am and Britney Spears in 2012.[1]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
[2]
CZE
[3]
FRA
[4]
NED
[5]
SUI
[6]
"Rock With You" 2005 22 37 Non-album singles
"On My Own"
(with Peter Luts)
2008 31 75
"Gregory's Theme" 2011 12 36 47
"Again and Again" 22 52 18 42 22
"CloudBreaker"
(vs. Yves V)
2012 22 22 29
"I Rave You (Give It to Me)" 56 45 29 96
"StormChaser" 2013 74 40
"Dance With Me" 161
"Keep On Rocking" 2014
"Hold You" 2015
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[7]
BEL
[8]
IRE
[9]
NL
[10]
UK
[11]
UK R&B
[12]
"Out There"
(John Dahlbäck featuring Basto!)
2008 56 Non-album single
"212"
(Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay)
2011 68 17 7 17 12 3 1991
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remixes[edit]

2010

  • AnnaGrace – Love Keeps Calling (Basto Remix)
  • Angellisa – Hard to Breathe (Lazy Jay Remix)

2011

  • Lasgo – Hold Me Now (Basto Remix)
  • Sander Van Doorn featuring Carol Lee – Love Is Darkness (Basto Remix)
  • Ian Van Dahl – Just A Girl (Basto Remix)
  • Kylie Minogue – Put Your Hands Up (Basto Remix)
  • Moby – The Day (Basto Remix)
  • Adrian Lux featuring The Good Natured – Alive (Basto Remix)

2012

2013

  • Keane – Bend and Break (Basto Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "will.i.am featuring Britney Spears – "Scream & Shout"". will.i.am's Official YouTube Channel. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Ultratop.be: Basto page
  3. ^ "Czech peaks". 
  4. ^ LesCharts.com: Basto page
  5. ^ Dutch peaks
  6. ^ Schweizer Hitparade
  7. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 30th April 2012" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Pandora Archive. p. 4. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Discografie Azealia Banks" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Discography Azealia Banks". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top 40-artiest: Azealia Banks" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  12. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the UK R&B Singles Chart:
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Azealia Banks ft Lazy Jay – 212". British Phonographic Industry. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2014.  Enter 212 in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Search

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