Basto

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Basto
Basto!
13-03-29 Paaspop Basto! 01.jpg
Basto at the Paaspop Festival in 2013
Background information
Birth name Jef Martens
Also known as
  • Basto!
  • Comet Blue
  • Bitch Boys
  • Candyman
  • Dirty Bunch
  • DJ Basiq
  • Felix Project
  • Jin Sonic
  • Kings of Porn
  • Lazy Jay
Born (1985-01-08) 8 January 1985 (age 32)
Hoogstraten, Belgium
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • musician
  • DJ
Years active 2005–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website basto-music.com

Jef Martens (born 8 January 1985), better known by his stage name Basto (stylized as Basto!), is a Belgian record producer, musician and DJ. He primarily produces electro house music, and he is signed to the ARS label. He has produced using various aliases such as Bitch Boys, Candyman, Dirty Bunch, DJ Basik, Felix Project, Jin Sonic, Kings of Porn, and Lazy Jay. He was also a member of the Belgian dance group Lasgo. Martens co-produced with the band in 2009 and 2010 on a number of singles. He is best known for producing the Azealia Banks' hit debut single "212" under the alias of Lazy Jay, together with his brother Toon. He also produced "Scream & Shout" for will.i.am and Britney Spears in 2012.[1]

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.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums / Compilation albums
  • Live Tonight (2013)

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
(VL)

[2]
BEL
(WA)

[3]
CZE
[4]
FRA
[5]
NLD
[6]
SUI
[7]
"Rock With You" 2005 24 22 37 Non-album singles
"On My Own"
(with Peter Luts)
2008 31 75
"Gregory's Theme" 2011 12 50 36 47 Live Tonight
"Again and Again" 86 22 52 18 42 22
"Maverick"
(as Lazy Jay)
2012 Non-album singles
"CloudBreaker"
(vs. Yves V)
22 27 22 29 Live Tonight
"I Rave You" 83 56 45 29 96
"Bonny"
"StormChaser" 2013 121 74 40
"On The Rocks"
(as Lazy Jay)
36 Non-album singles
"Dance With Me" 161 Live Tonight
"Keep On Rocking" 2014 86
"Electric Stars"
(featuring Maruja Retana)
Non-album singles
"Hold You" 2015 21 55 195
"Unicorn"
(with Natasha Bedingfield)
2016
"—" 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
[8]
BEL
(VL)

[2]
BEL
(WA)

[3]
IRE
[9]
NLD
[6]
SCO
[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 34 7 17 12 12 3 1991 (EP) and
Broke with Expensive Taste
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remixes[edit]

2010
2011
2012
2013
2016
  • Cleo – Zabiorę nas (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. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles in Belgium (Flanders):
  3. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles in Belgium (Wallonia):
  4. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Czech Republic: "Basto! - Rádio Top 100" (in Czech). ČNS IFPI. 
  5. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in France:
  6. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles in the Nederlands:
  7. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Switzerland:
  8. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Australia:
  9. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Ireland:
  10. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Scotland:
  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 search field and then press Enter.

External links[edit]