Kavinsky

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Kavinsky
Kavinsky3.jpg
Kavinsky, 2011
Background information
Birth name Vincent Belorgey
Born (1975-07-31) July 31, 1975 (age 38)
Paris, France
Genres French house, synthpop, synthwave, electroclash
Years active 2006–present
Labels Record Makers
Associated acts Justice, SebastiAn, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, Lovefoxxx, Mr Oizo, The Weeknd
Website facebook.com/KavinskyOfficial

Vincent Belorgey (born July 31, 1975), known as Kavinsky (sometimes stylized as KΔVINϟKY), is a French house artist whose production style is very reminiscent of the electro-pop film soundtracks of the 1980s.[1] Kavinsky claimed that his music is inspired by thousands of movies he watched as a young boy and that he has cherry-picked the best parts from them, consolidating them into one concept.[2] Kavinsky has been compared to many similar French house artists including Daft Punk and Danger and achieved more mainstream notability after his track "Nightcall" was featured in the 2011 film Drive.

Biography[edit]

After many years as an actor, Kavinsky's musical career started in 2005 after being inspired by his close friends Jackson Fourgeaud and Quentin Dupieux, the latter director also included Kavinsky's music in his film Steak. During this period Kavinsky produced his first single Testarossa Autodrive which was inspired by the Testarossa model of Ferrari (one of which Vincent drives in real life).[2] Kavinsky presented the single to Quentin, who in turn presented it to a record label he had access to because of his filming career, and Kavinsky signed with Record Makers.[3][4]

Subsequently Kavinsky has gone on to release three EPs on the Record Makers label: Teddy Boy in 2006, 1986 a year later, and Nightcall with Lovefoxxx of CSS in 2010.[4] During this period, Kavinsky's fellow producer Surkin jokingly claimed in an interview that Kavinsky was his father[citation needed] and has since toured alongside Daft Punk, The Rapture, Justice, and SebastiAn in 2007.[5] He has also been remixed by SebastiAn and other notable electro artists.[6]

The SebastiAn remix of Testarossa Autodrive off the 1986 EP is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Kavinsky's single Nightcall was featured in the opening credits of the film Drive, and became a major hit soon after, with YouTube views claiming over 40 million to date (January 1, 2014).[5]

In December 2012 he released ProtoVision and on 25 February 2013 he released a new studio album entitled OutRun.[7][8]

Character history[edit]

Kavinsky is a character made by Vincent Belorgey that has a striking resemblance to Vincent himself but the backstory doesn't follow anything in Belorgey's history. Kavinsky's story is that after crashing his Testarossa in 1986, Kavinsky reappeared as a zombie in 2006 to make his own electronic music.[3] Kavinsky's songs help tell the story of him and as Vincent claims in an interview, "Night Call, is just about the zombie guy [who] goes to his girlfriend's house and says okay I'm not the same, we need to talk." referring to Kavinsky going back to find his girlfriend after the crash who has already moved on with her life.[4]

Equipment[edit]

In interview, Kavinsky stated that the entirety of Teddy Boy was written and recorded on a Yamaha DX7, which was famous and notable for the synth-pop sound of the 1980s.[9] Kavinsky originally started making music on an old Apple computer given to him by his friend Mr. Oizo.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album and details Peak positions
FRA
[10]
BEL
(Vl)

[11]
BEL
(Wa)

[12]
SUI
2013 OutRun 2 37 28 38

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Release date Label
2006 Teddy Boy Jan 16, 2006 Record Makers
2007 1986 Feb 20, 2007 Record Makers
2008 Blazer Jul 1, 2008 Fool's Gold Records
2010 Nightcall Mar 26, 2010 Record Makers
2011 Nightcall (Anniversary Edition) Nov 11, 2011 Record Makers
2013 ProtoVision Feb 11, 2013 Record Makers
Odd Look Feb 22, 2013 Record Makers

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
FR
[10]
BEL
Fl

[11]
BEL
Wa

Ultratop

[12]
BEL
Wa

Ultratip*

[12]
SWI
2010 "Nightcall" (feat. Lovefoxxx) 10 28 16 OutRun
2012 "Roadgame" 12 32 74
"ProtoVision" 52
2013 "Odd Look" (feat. SebastiAn) 46
"Blizzard" 167
"Odd Look" (feat. The Weeknd) 18 10 Odd Look and Kiss Land

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Remixes[edit]

Year Artist Title
2007 Klaxons "Gravity's Rainbow"
2009 Sébastien Tellier "Roche"
2011 SebastiAn "Embody"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Release date Label
2006 "Testarossa Autodrive" Jonas & François Jun 23, 2006 Records Makers
2009 "Dead Cruiser" - Feb, 2009 Records Makers
2012 "ProtoVision"[13] Marcus Herring Dec 12, 2012 Records Makers
2013 "Odd Look" Marcus Herring Aug 6, 2013 Records Makers

Soundtracks[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • Nonfilm (2001)
  • Aaltra (2003)
  • Atomik Circus, le retour de James Bataille (2004)
  • Ultranova (2005)
  • Steak (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portishead's Geoff Barrow to release 'Drive' soundtrack on vinyl | News". Nme.Com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Kavinsky on BIGSTEREO". This.bigstereo.net. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  3. ^ a b Rhoads, Celeste. "Kavinsky - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d Belorgey, V. (2011, October 5). Kavinsky (Interview by A. Mendoza & R. Oh) [Blog post]. Retrieved from BIGSTEREO website: http://this.bigstereo.net/2011/10/05/kavinsky/
  5. ^ a b Linkedin, & Slideshare. (2012, January 28). Kavinsky [Speech transcript]. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from Slideshare website: http://www.slideshare.net/Skywalker2011/kavinsky-11785946
  6. ^ "Kavinsky biography". Artistwiki.com. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  7. ^ Staff. (2012, December 10). Kavinsky: "ProtoVision" (Steam/Official Video) [Editorial]. Retrieved December 14, 2012, from Prefixmag website: http://www.prefixmag.com/media/kavinsky/protovision-streamofficial-video/72418
  8. ^ "Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  9. ^ "Kavinsky Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  10. ^ a b LesCharts.com: Kavinsky discography
  11. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Kavinsky page". Ultratop.be/nl/. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  12. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Kavinsky page". Ultratop.be/fr/. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  13. ^ "Kavinsky - Protovision". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 

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