Seven Lions

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Seven Lions
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Background information
Birth name Jeff Montalvo
Born March 31, 1987 (1987-03-31) (age 27)
Santa Barbara, California, United States
Genres Dubstep, electro house, progressive house, trance
Occupations Musician, DJ, music producer
Instruments Drums, D.A.W. (FL Studio), turntables, synthesizer
Years active 2010–present
Labels Casablanca Records, OWSLA, Viper Recordings
Website JeffMontalvo.com

Jeff Montalvo (born March 31, 1987), known professionally as Seven Lions, is an American record producer, remixer, instrumentalist and DJ from Santa Barbara, California.[1] Seven Lions' first significant track was his remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got To Go.”[2] He has also released three EPs which have charted on Beatport, and his track "Don't Leave" entered the UK Singles Chart in 2014. His 2014 EP Worlds Apart charted at No. 76 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Early life[edit]

Jeff Montalvo was born on March 31, 1987 in Santa Barbara, California. His interest in music production began at the age of 7, when his father came home with a Macintosh and keyboard.[1] He grew up as a metal and punk-inclined drummer, but he eventually segued into electronic music production.[3] Montalvo explains,

After a friend gave him the program Fruity Loops, he started learning production.[4] Around 2011, he began releasing music under the moniker Seven Lions. The name Seven Lions comes from a fantasy book called Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe. Seven Lions is a character in the book.[5]

Musical career[edit]

2011-12: First remixes and EPs[edit]

In 2011, Seven Lions' first significant track was his remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got To Go.”[2] The track sat at #2 on Beatport’s Dubstep chart for over 6 weeks, largely underneath Skrillex’s remix of Avicii's “Levels.”[6]

Seven Lions logo

In 2012, after releasing his debut Polarize EP in April, Seven Lions had several Beatport #1s (four in the dubstep chart)[7] with remixes for artists such as Above & Beyond, Matrix & Futurebound, Paul Van Dyk and Delirium. His song, "Below Us" feat. Shaz Sparks, was also featured as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World.’[8]

After Seven Lions' management[9] team passed some of his demos to the DJ Skrillex, Skrillex signed him to release his next EP on his personal OWSLA imprint.[5] In October 2012, Montalvo released his Days to Come EP. The EP landed at #2 on the US iTunes Dance Charts and #1 on Beatport.[10] By this time, Seven Lions was receiving play by DJs such as Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, and Gareth Emery, among others.[citation needed]

2014: Worlds Apart, recent projects[edit]

Seven Lions' Worlds Apart EP was released on April 29, 2014 on Casablanca Records. The EP contains five tracks: "Don't Leave" with Ellie Goulding, "Worlds Apart" with Kerli, "Nepenthe", an alternate version of "Strangers", and "Keep it Close" with Kerli. Seven Lions has stated that "It's more experimental than the last EP and the focus is on songwriting instead of pure dance-floor aggression."[11] The EP combines diverse genes, with progressive house-style vocals and elements of trance, dubstep, bass music, and electro.[citation needed] "Don't Leave" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 141 on August 16, 2014.[citation needed]

External video
"World's Apart" Music Video feat. Kerli (Youtube, Aug 16, 2014)
Worlds Apart EP Official Stream (Youtube, April 29, 2014)

Seven Lions was the main support for Porter Robinson’s Circle Assembly tour, and since 2013 he has performed at festivals such as SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival New York, and Camp Bisco, as well as headlining the Avalon Hollywood, Webster Hall New York City, and several other venues in the United States.

In the summer of 2014 he announced future projects, including an upcoming single for OWSLA, and an official remix of Röyksopp’s “Running to the Sea.”[12] A collaboration with Myon & Shane 54 and Tove Lo, titled "Strangers", made its debut on the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. He has a North American tour with Krewella and Candyland set for the fall.[citation needed]

Style and influences[edit]

His styles have been described by reviewers as trance, dubstep, bass music, and electro, though he incorporates other genres as well.

Montalvo states that he is a long-time metal and fantasy fan, and inspired by Viking metal as well as his favorite band Opeth. Although he produces electronic music, he doesn't always listen to it. "I don’t listen to electronic music regularly, I still listen to metal honestly. I mean I only really listening to electronic music when I’m looking for songs, actively, to put in my set. I’m always into Viking Metal, I like folky stuff. I like stuff that really takes you out of somewhere you are and puts you somewhere else."[13] His recommendations and favorite metal bands: "Ensiferum, Månegarm, obviously Opeth, Storm Corrosion, their side project with Steve Wilson, stuff like that."[13]

Notable appearances[edit]

Tours
Festivals

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

EPs by Seven Lions
Year Album title Release details Chart peaks[14][15]
US
200
US
Dance
US
Heat
iTunes
Dance
Beat
Port
2012 Polarize
Days to Come
  • Released: Oct 16, 2012
  • Label: OWSLA (OWS023D)
  • Format: Digital download
10 13 2 1
2014 Worlds Apart 76 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Incomplete list of songs by Seven Lions
Year Title Chart peaks Album Release details
UK
2011 "Luna" Single only Viper Recordings
2013 "Fevers" (ft. Minnesota & Mimi Page) Single only OWSLA (NEST IV) (May 20, 2013)
"Serpent of Old" (ft. Ciscandra Nostalghia) Single only OWSLA (Nov 18, 2013)
2014 "Worlds Apart" (ft. Kerli) 141 Promo single/Worlds Apart Ultra Records (Jun 3, 2014)
"Worlds Apart (Remixes)" (ft. Kerli) Two-track single Ultra Records (Sep 23, 2014)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Label
2013 "Strangers"
(with Myon & Shane 54 ft. Tove Lo)
The Mortal Instruments:
City of Bones
Soundtrack
Republic Records

Remixes[edit]

Selected remixes by Seven Lions, with year of remix release
Year Song Artist Release details
2010 "Cosmic Love" Florence and the Machine Moshi Moshi (Jul 5, 2010)
2011 "You Got to Go" Above & Beyond (ft. Zoe Johnston)
"Satellite" Oceanlab
2012 "All I Know" Matrix & Futurebound (ft. Luke Bingham) Viper (May 6, 2012)
"On My Way to Heaven" Above & Beyond (ft. Richard Bedford)
"Still With Me" Tritonal (ft. Cristina Soto)
"The Great Divide" Velvetine
"Days Turn Into Nights" Delerium (ft. Michael Logan) Nettwerk (Dec 18, 2012)
"All Alone" Superbus
"I Don't Deserve You" Paul Van Dyk (ft. Plumb)
2013 "Running to the Sea" Röyksopp (ft. Susanne Sundfør)
2014 tbd tbd

Compilations[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of compilation albums with Seven Lions tracks:

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Seven Lions Bio". The Untz. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston "You Got To Go" (Seven Lions Remix) Winner of the Beatport Remix Competition". AboveandBeyond.nu. Retrieved 17 April 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Seven Lions Biography". Last.fm. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Seven Lions Radio". TheFuture.fm. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Seven Lions - Days To Come [EP Review + Interview]". Earmilk. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seven Lions Polarize EP Released on Viper Recordings". Drop Beats Not Bombs. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seven Lions - Days to Come EP". Fast Forward and Rewind. Retrieved 17 April 2013. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Hottest Record - Seven Lions Feat. Shaz Sparks - Below Us". BBC. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Golden Ratio Management
  10. ^ "Seven Lions Drops His Massive Days To Come EP on OWSLA". Sound Logik. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Murray, Nick (April 28, 2014). "Hear Seven Lions' 'More Experimental' New EP 'Worlds Apart' - Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 
  12. ^ "Hello: Seven Lions". Mixmag. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Ten Questions with Terry Gotham: Seven Lions". TerryGotham.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Seven Lions". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 
  15. ^ Lymangrover, Jason (2013). "Seven Lions". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 

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