Sebastian (French musician)
Sebastian in 2007 in Madrid
|Birth name||Sebastian Akchoté-Bozovic|
|Also known as||SebastiAn|
|Born||February 3, 1981|
|Genres||Electro house, electro, house, glitch, experimental|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, DJ, composer|
|Labels||Ed Banger Records|
|Associated acts||Busy P
Fall Out Boy
Sebastian Akchoté-Bozovic, better known as just Sebastian (stylized as SebastiAn), is a French-Serbian musician and DJ affiliated with Ed Banger Records. He has worked as a solo electronic musician and as a remixer for bands and singers such as Charlotte Gainsbourg, Daft Punk, Beastie Boys, Bloc Party, and Nero. He has also produced songs for Katerine, Kavinsky, Noël Akchoté, Uffie, and Woodkid, and he has composed music for the films Notre Jour Viendra and Steak (in which he also acted). Many of his tracks have been used on television and in video games.
Akchoté is of Serbian-French heritage and was raised in Paris and Belgrade by a single mother. He is the younger brother of popular independent guitarist Noël Akchoté. His early musical history included both jazz and experimental influences from his older brother as well as hip-hop influences from artists like DJ Premier. He first started producing music around the age of fifteen.
While working with a hip-hop band in 2005, Sebastian was given the phone number for Ed Banger Records by one of the band's members, who had found it in a newspaper. After a cold call to label owner Pedro Winter, Sebastian was signed, and they released the EPs H.A.L. and Smoking Kills (?) later that year. 2005 also saw his remixes for Annie, Benjamin Theves, and Daft Punk, whose "Human After All" remix by Sebastian is said to be the duo's all-time favourite remix of their own work.
In the summer of 2006, Ed Banger Records released the EP Ross Ross Ross. That year also saw more remixes by Sebastian than any other.
In 2007, Sebastian composed the soundtrack for label-mate Mr. Oizo's feature film "Steak" alongside Sebastien Tellier and Mr. Oizo himself. Also that year, as well producing numerous remixes and releasing his Walkman 2 EP, Sebastian joined Kavinsky to open with DJ sets for Daft Punk on their Alive 2007 tour. An original song called "Greel" was also released in 2007 on Ed Rec Vol. 2.
There were two Sebastian releases in 2008: Motor, an EP with three original tracks, and Remixes, a 17-track compilation featuring various remixes produced by Sebastian. His track "Dog" was also included on that year's Ed Rec Vol. 3.
Sebastian produced the single Difficult for label-mate Uffie in 2010 on her debut album Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans and provided a remix, titled "Difficult (2006 Parties Remix)". He also had his experimental track "Threnody" released that year on an Ed Banger Records Christmas compilation.
In early 2011, Sebastian provided the track "Enio" for the Ed Banger compilation album Let the Children Techno. Later, his debut album Total was announced, followed by the release of a video for the title track featuring a series of violent and sexual images. A video for Sebastian's new song "Embody" was also released, along with the song's release as a single. The album Total itself was sebsequently released on May 30 in Europe and June 7 in North America. It was followed by releases of singles "C.T.F.O." and "Love In Motion" from the album. 2011 was also the year of Sebastian's "Primary Tour", a tour visually themed as a political campaign and spanning Europe, Australasia, and North America from August to December. Three remixes done by him were also released that year, including his remix for the Beastie Boys.
2012 has seen Sebastian remixes for bands Nero, The Shoes, Van She, Woodkid, and, more recently, remixed the great single of Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Hey Joe". This year also saw the release of The EP Collection, a box set of vinyl Total singles along with tracks "Organia" and previously unreleased "Holloback". A Sebastian remix of Justice's "New Lands" was released on June 25, 2012.
Sebastian has confirmed plans for a future album.
Sebastian's remix of Kavinsky's "Testarossa Autodrive" is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. This song is also included in the game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue along with his original track "Dolami" from the Smoking Kills (?) EP. The video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles also featured a Sebastian track: "Momy", from the Motor EP.
On television, the song "Walkman" has appeared in promotional spots for the Cartoon Network programming block 'You Are Here'. In November 2011, a previously unreleased track titled "Holloback" was used in an advertisement for the HTC Sensation XL mobile phone.
Sebastian's track "H.A.L." was used in the song "Incredible" by rapper Mickey Factz in 2008.
Sebastian's track "Total" was used in an advertisement for the game Assassin's Creed: Revelations in 2011.
Sebastian's track "Tetra" from the album Total was used on a Citroen car advertisement in 2012.
Sebastian's track "Love in Motion" appeared in a Victoria's Secret commercial.
Sebastian's track "Embody" appeared in a Lacoste Live commercial in 2014.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Title||Release details||Peak chart positions|
|Ross Ross Ross / Productions & Remixes||—|
EP and singles
|2005||Smoking Kills||"Smoking Kills (?)", "Dolami", "Shoot"||12"||Ed Banger||ED006|
|H.A.L.||"H.A.L.", (split with Time Period by Krazy Baldhead)||7"||LTED002|
|2006||Ross Ross Ross||"Ross Ross Ross", "Head/Off", "Walkman"||12"||Ed Banger /
|2007||Walkman 2||"Walkman (Re-Edit)", "Killing in the Name of Sebastian"||BEC5772152|
|2008||Motor||"Motor", "Momy", "Army"||12", CD||ED023|
|2011||Embody||"Embody", "Embody (DJ Premier 95 Break Remix)", "Embody (Kavinsky Remix)"||Digital
|C.T.F.O. (feat. M.I.A.)||"C.T.F.O.", "C.T.F.O. (Nero Remix)", "C.T.F.O. (DMX Krew Remix)"||ED051|
|Love in Motion
(feat. Mayer Hawthorne)
|"Love in Motion", "Love in Motion (Skrillex's Funkt-Out Mix)",
"Love in Motion (Rustie Remix)"
|2012||The EP Collection||"Holloback", "Organia", (includes all tracks from Embody,
C.T.F.O., and Love in Motion)
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Tetra"||87||The EP Collection|
|2007||Steak: Music from the Motion Picture
(with Sebastien Tellier & Mr. Oizo)
|CD||Ed Banger, Because Music|
|2008||Notre Jour Viendra (Our Day will Come)||MP3, CD|
|2006||Ed Rec Vol. 1||"Dolami", "H.A.L."||MP3, 12", CD||Ed Banger Records|
|2007||Ed Rec Vol. 2||"Greel"|
|2008||Ed Rec Vol. 3||"Dog"|
|2010||Ed Banger Xmas / 2010||"Threnody"||Promo CD|
|2011||Let the Children Techno||"Enio"||MP3, CD|
|The Bee Sides||"Total"||7"|
|2013||Ed Rec Vol. X||"Moi (Demo Version)"||MP3, 12", CD|
|2005||Annie||"Happy Without You"||Sebastien Remix|
|Daft Punk||"Human After All"|
|Cut Copy||"Going Nowhere"|
|Fields||"If You Fail We All Fail"|
|Kavinsky||"Testarossa"||Sebastian Remix (5:00, on "1986" EP)
Sebastian Remix (3:29, on "Sebastian Remixes")
|Mylo||"Paris Four Hundred"||Sebastian Remix (3:55, on "Paris Four Hundred Remixes" EP)
Sebastian Remix (4:24, on "Sebastian Remixes")
|Nâdiya||"Tous Ces Mots"|
|Play Paul||"La La Land"||Ed Banger's Allstar Remix
(Sebastian & Xavier de Rosnay Remix)
|The Rapture||"Get Myself Into It"|
|Uffie||"Pop the Glock"||Sebastian Remix 1 (3:24, on Arcade Mode)
Sebastian Remix 2 (2:42, on Ed Banger Records)
|2007||Bloc Party||"I Still Remember"|
|Das Pop||"Fool for Love"|
|Fuckpony||"Ride the Pony"||SebastiAn Tellier Remix
(Sebastian & Sébastien Tellier Remix)
|Rage Against the Machine||"Killing in the Name"||Sebastian's Late Night Laptop Edit
Sebastian - Killing in the Name of Sebastian
|Scenario Rock||"Both Gotta Move On"|
|Sébastien Tellier||"Sexual Sportswear"|
|Shesus||"Debbie's Shoes"||Sebastien Remix|
|Sneaky Sound System||"UFO"||(Released as Kindercut from Total)|
|The Rakes||"We Danced Together"|
|2008||The Kills||"Cheap and Cheerful"|
|The Who||"Baba O'Riley"|
|2009||Amon Düül II||"Spaniards & Spacemen"||(Unreleased)|
|2010||Depeche Mode||"Master and Servant"||(Unreleased)|
|Uffie||"Difficult"||2006 Parties Remix by SebastiAn|
|2011||Beastie Boys feat. Santigold||"Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win"|
|Spank Rock||"DTF DADT"|
|Toddla T & Roots Manuva||"Watch Me Dance"|
|Nero||"Must Be the Feeling"|
|The Shoes||"Time to Dance"|
|Van She||"Idea of Happiness"|
|Woodkid||"Run Boy Run"|
|2014||Charlotte Gainsbourg feat. Beck||"Hey Joe"|
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