Gesaffelstein

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Gesaffelstein
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Gesaffelstein at Amnesia, Ibiza in 2012
Background information
Birth nameMike Lévy
Born (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 31)
Lyon, France
Genres
InstrumentsKeyboards, synthesizer, sampler, digital audio workstation, piano, drums, percussion, guitar, bass guitar
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitegesaffelstein.com

Mike Lévy (born 13 June 1987),[1][2][3] known professionally as Gesaffelstein, is a French record producer, songwriter, musician and DJ. He has worked alongside artists as varied as The Weeknd, Miss Kittin, Daft Punk, A$AP Rocky, Phoenix, Kanye West, Jean-Michel Jarre and Pharrell Williams.

Name[edit]

Gesaffelstein is a portmanteau of Gesamtkunstwerk and Albert Einstein.[4]

Career[edit]

He co-produced two tracks on Yeezus, the sixth album of American rapper Kanye West, including the lead single "Black Skinhead" and "Send It Up", both tracks produced with Kanye West, Daft Punk, Brodinski and Mike Dean.[5] On October 28, 2013, Gesaffelstein released his debut album Aleph under Bromance Records, Parlophone Records and EMI Music, which had been recorded since 2011.[6] His remix of "Shockwave" by The Hacker is featured in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V, on the Soulwax FM radio station. In 2015, Gesaffelstein released the single "Conquistador" in collaboration with Jean-Michel Jarre and also produced the soundtrack for the 2015 film Maryland.[7] In early 2018, he produced the tracks "I Was Never There" and "Hurt You" from The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy, EP.[8]

Gesaffelstein signed to Columbia Records in November 2018, with whom he released the lead single "Reset" from his second studio album Hyperion in the same month.[9] In January 2019, he released a collaboration with The Weeknd titled "Lost in the Fire" as the second single from Hyperion,[10]and later in March 2019 released another collaboration with Pharrell Williams titled "Blast Off"[11] His second studio album was then released on 8 March 2019.[12]

Musical style[edit]

Mixmag describes Gesaffelstein's style as being a "dark and threatening techno, though enchanting";[13] The Inrocks see it as "black, ultra-violent music, [which] revives the techno fundamentals, the intransigence of Underground Resistance , the mental and obsessive structures of Drexciya , the contemporary power and more" .[14] Megan Buerger from the Washington Post describes his style has a mixture of dark and underground music, and notes that a specialty of the artist is his use of silences to create a "tension" before a "raucous explosion of bass and percussion".[15]

Rolling Stone magazine sees his music as being "a little more aggressive and punk-rock than normal".[16]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Chart positions
FRA
[17]
BEL
(Fl)

[18]
BEL
(Wa)

[19]
SWI
[20]
US
Dance

[21]
US
Heat.

[22]
Aleph[23] 30 77 66 95 16 50
Hyperion[24] 92
[25]
10

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Vengeance Factory
  • Label: OD
Modern Walk
  • Label: OD
The Operator
  • Released: 30 November 2009
  • Label: ZONE
Variations
  • Released: 5 November 2010
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Conspiracy Pt. 1
  • Released: 25 April 2011
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Conspiracy Pt. 2
  • Released: 18 July 2011
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Crainte / Errance
(with The Hacker)
  • Released: 9 May 2011
  • Label: ZONE
Bromance #1
(with Brodinski)
  • Released: 21 November 2011
  • Label: Bromance
Bromance #4: Rise of Depravity
  • Released: 9 July 2012
  • Label: Bromance

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Details
Maryland (Disorder): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: 11 September 2015
  • Label: Parlophone, Warner Music France

Singles[edit]

Title Year Chart positions Album
FRA
[17]
AUS
[26]
BEL
(Fl)

[18]
CAN
[27]
DEN
[28]
GER
[29]
NLD
[30]
SWE
[31]
UK
[32]
US
[33]
"Pursuit"[34] 2013 96 Tip Aleph
"Aleph" 200
"Hate or Glory"
"Conquistador"[7]
(with Jean-Michel Jarre)
2015 200 Electronica 1: The Time Machine
"Reset"[35] 2018 Hyperion
"Lost in the Fire"
(with The Weeknd)
2019 78 24 43 14 17 49 60 9 9 27
"Blast Off"[36]
(with Pharrell Williams)

As featured artist

Title Year Chart positions Album
FRA
[17]
AUS
[26]
CAN
[27]
DEN
[28]
GER
[29]
NLD
[30]
SWE
[31]
US
[33]
"In Distress"
(A$AP Rocky featuring Gesaffelstein)
2014 Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Hurt You"
(The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein)
2018 103 37 17 32 85 63 33 43 My Dear Melancholy
"I Was Never There"
(The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein)
112 40 12 37 91 67 40 35

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Chart positions Album
US
Dance

[37]
"So Bad"
(featuring Haim)
2019 50 Hyperion

Production and songwriting credits[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Album
2013 "Calling from the Stars" Miss Kittin Calling from the Stars
"Black Skinhead" Kanye West Yeezus
"Send It Up"
2017 "Fior di Latte" Phoenix Ti Amo

Remixes[edit]

  • 2009:
    • I Am the Cosmos – "So Glad" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • F+S – "Lump" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
  • 2010:
    • Cassius – "Les Enfants (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Sei A – "Body of Eyes" (Gesaffelstein Violation Remix)
    • Chateau Marmont – "One Hundred Realities" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • David Carretta – "New Disco Beat" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Ali Renault – "What's the Point" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
  • 2011:
    • Miss Kittin – "All You Need" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • ZZT – "ZZafrika" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Moby – "The Day" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Arnaud Rebotini – "All You Need Is Techno" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Agoria, Carl Craig & La Scalars – "Speechless" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Duck Sauce – "Big Bad Wolf" (Gesaffelstein Radio Edit)
    • Crackboy – "Hilinner" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
  • 2012:
    • Lana Del Rey – "Blue Jeans" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Boys Noize & Erol Alkan – "Lemonade" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • The Hacker – "Shockwave" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Zombie Zombie – "Rocket Number 9" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Evil Nine & Danny Brown – "The Black Brad Pitt" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • VCMG – "Aftermaths" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
  • 2013:
    • Justice – "Helix" (Gesaffelstein Vision Remix)
    • Laurent Garnier – "Jacques in the Box" (Brodinski & Gesaffelstein Dirty Sprite Remix)
    • Depeche Mode – "Goodbye" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
  • 2014:
    • Phoenix – "Bankrupt!" (Gesaffelstein Remix)
    • Gesaffelstein – Hate or Glory" (Gesaffelstein Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthdays: June 13". Houston Chronicle. 13 June 2018. DJ/producer Gesaffelstein is 31
  2. ^ "Celebrity birthdays for June 13, 2017". The Mercury News. 13 June 2017. DJ/producer Gesaffelstein is 30
  3. ^ Battan, Carrie (March 25, 2019). "Gesaffelstein's Dance Music Punctures the Coachella Bubble". Mike Lévy, a thirty-one-year-old Frenchman who records as Gesaffelstein
  4. ^ Makarechi, Kia (5 December 2013). "Gesaffelstein Produces For Kanye, Embarks On Live Tour And Keeps A Few Secrets". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  5. ^ Caramanica, Jon (5 December 2013). "Gesaffelstein, a.k.a. Mike Levy, at Webster Hall". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Gesaffelstein's Debut Album 'Aleph' - Out Now!". EDM Sauce. 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Gesaffelstein & Jean-Michel Jarre Collaborate For 'Conquistador'". Harder Blogger Faster. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  8. ^ Meadow, Matthew (March 29, 2018). "BREAKING: The Weeknd Calls On Skrillex, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein & More For New EP [MUST LISTEN]". Your EDM. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Gesaffelstein Returns, Signs to Columbia Pitchfork
  10. ^ "The Weeknd's Got Everyone Excited Teasing New Music 'Lost In The Fire'". Capital. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams Go Pop In The Shadows On 'Blast Off': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Gesaffelstein's 'Hyperion' Is a Moody Mix Of Pop, Goth & Cinematic Scores: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. ^ Bridget Mills-Powell. "Brodinski: the family guy". Mixmag..
  14. ^ Géraldine Sarratia. "Gesaffelstein, nouveau prince de la techno française". Les Inrocks..
  15. ^ Buerger, Megan (31 August 2012). "Gesaffelstein album review: 'Rise of Depravity'". pp. WW.6..
  16. ^ Skrillex (31 May 2012). "Who Should Be Big". p. 24. Missing or empty |url= (help).
  17. ^ a b c LesCharts.com Gesaffelstein discography
  18. ^ a b "Discografie Gesaffelstein". Ultratop. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Discographie Gesaffelstein". Ultratop. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Discographie Gesaffelstein". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Gesaffelstein Chart History: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Gesaffelstein Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Aleph - Album by Gesaffelstein on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  24. ^ "Hyperion - Album by Gesaffelstein on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  25. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 11, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Discography Gesaffelstein". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  27. ^ a b "Gesaffelstein Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  28. ^ a b "Discography Gesaffelstein". danishcharts.dk. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  29. ^ a b "Diskografie Gesaffelstein". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  30. ^ a b "Discografie Gesaffelstein". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  31. ^ a b "Discography Gesaffelstein". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  32. ^ "Gesaffelstein ft Weeknd | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  33. ^ a b "Gesaffelstein Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  34. ^ "Pursuit - Single by Gesaffelstein on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  35. ^ "Reset - Single by Gesaffelstein on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  36. ^ "Blast Off - Single by Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  37. ^ "Gesaffelstein Chart History: Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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