Gesaffelstein

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Gesaffelstein
Gesaffelstein at Amnesia, Ibiza in 2012
Gesaffelstein at Amnesia, Ibiza in 2012
Background information
Birth nameMike Lévy
Born (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985 (age 37)
Lyon, France
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Music programmer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • disc jockey
Years active2008–present
Labels
Websitegesaffelstein.com

Mike Lévy (French pronunciation: ​[majk levi]; born 24 June 1985[1] known professionally as Gesaffelstein (German pronunciation: [ɡəˈzafl̩ʃtaɪ̯n]), is a French music programmer, DJ, songwriter, and record producer from Lyon. He has worked alongside The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Electric Youth, Haim, Miss Kittin, The Hacker, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Pharrell Williams.

Name[edit]

Gesaffelstein is a portmanteau of Gesamtkunstwerk ("total artwork" in German, also title of an album by the American electro group Dopplereffekt) and Albert Einstein.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Mike Lévy was born in Lyon, France, in June 1987. He started producing music at the age of sixteen when he first played an analog synthesizer.[4] He released his first EP in 2008 through the label OD Records. In 2009, he founded with The Hacker, Alex Reynaud and David Rimokh, the independent label Zone.[5]

In July 2012, Gesaffelstein made the cover of DJ Mag with Brodinski.[6] The same year, his track "Viol" was used by Citroën and Givenchy advertisings.[7] 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.[8] On 28 October 2013, Gesaffelstein released his debut album Aleph under Parlophone Records and OWSLA (in North America only), which had been recorded since 2011.[9] 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, which is present on the album Electronica 1: The Time Machine.[10] He also produced the soundtrack for the French-Belgian 2015 film Maryland, directed by Alice Winocour. In early 2018, he produced the tracks "I Was Never There" and "Hurt You" from The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy, EP.[11]

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.[12] In January 2019, he released a collaboration with The Weeknd titled "Lost in the Fire" as the second single from Hyperion,[13] and later in March 2019 released another collaboration with Pharrell Williams titled "Blast Off".[14] Hyperion was released on 8 March 2019, to mixed reviews.[15][16] On 3 October 2019, Gesaffelstein announced his surprise EP Novo Sonic System, consisting of 6 tracks, which was released the following day.[17]

For Apple's October 2021 event, his track "Orck" was used as the pre-intro and outro theme music.

Gesaffelstein announced a collaboration with fellow Kanye West collaborator KayCyy. TW20 50, an EP containing 3 collaborative songs between the two of them, released on 11 March 2022.[18][19]

Musical style[edit]

Mixmag describes Gesaffelstein's style as being a "dark and threatening techno, though enchanting";[20] 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".[4] Megan Buerger from the Washington Post describes his style as 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".[21]

Rolling Stone magazine sees his music as being "a little more aggressive and punk-rock than normal".[22]

Influences[edit]

Gesaffelstein cites Dopplereffekt, Kraftwerk, and new wave formations from the 80s such as D.A.F. or Nitzer Ebb all as references. He has also said Joy Division and The Hacker influenced his work.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Chart positions
FRA
[23]
BEL
(Fl)

[24]
BEL
(Wa)

[25]
SWI
[26]
US
Dance

[27]
US
Heat.

[28]
Aleph 30 77 66 95 16 50
Hyperion
  • Released: 8 March 2019
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
92 10

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Vengeance Factory
  • Released: 22 February 2008
  • Label: OD
Modern Walk
  • Released: 25 June 2009
  • Label: OD
The Operator[29]
  • Released: 30 November 2009
  • Label: ZONE
Variations[30]
  • Released: 5 November 2010
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Conspiracy Pt. 1[31]
  • Released: 25 April 2011
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Conspiracy Pt. 2[32]
  • Released: 18 July 2011
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Crainte / Errance[33]
(with The Hacker)
  • Released: 9 May 2011
  • Label: ZONE
Bromance #4: Rise of Depravity[34]
  • Released: 9 July 2012
  • Label: Bromance
Novo Sonic System[35]
  • Released: 4 October 2019
  • Label: Columbia

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Details
Maryland (Disorder): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[36]
  • Released: 11 September 2015
  • Label: Parlophone, Warner Music France

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[23]
AUS
[37]
BEL
(Fl)

[24]
CAN
[38]
DEN
[39]
GER
[40]
NLD
[41]
SWE
[42]
UK
[43]
US
[44]
"Pursuit"[45] 2013 96 [A] Aleph
"Hate or Glory"[47]
"Conquistador"[10]
(with Jean-Michel Jarre)
2015 Electronica 1: The Time Machine
"Reset"[48] 2018 Hyperion
"Lost in the Fire"
(with The Weeknd)
2019 78 24 43 14 17 49 60 9 9 27
"Blast Off"[53]
(with Pharrell Williams)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[23]
AUS
[37]
CAN
[38]
DEN
[39]
GER
[40]
NLD
[41]
SWE
[42]
US
[44]
"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

[55]
FRA
[23]
"Aleph" 2013 - 200 Aleph
"So Bad"
(featuring Haim)
2019 50 - Hyperion

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Control Movement"[56] 2011 Bromance #1
"Calling from the Stars"
(with Miss Kittin)
2013 Calling from the Stars
"Icia"[57] 2021 Interzone

Songwriting, production and technical credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Occupation(s)
"Black Skinhead" 2013 Kanye West Yeezus Additional producer
"Send It Up" Composer, co-producer
"The New International Sound"[58] 2014 GENER8ION Homieland, Vol. 1 Mixer
"Euphoria"[59]
(featuring Remy Banks)
2016 Boys Noize Mayday Composer, writer
"Fior di Latte" 2017 Phoenix Ti Amo Assistance
"Jesus Lord" 2021 Kanye West Donda Composer, producer
"No Child Left Behind"
"Jesus Lord pt 2"
"Okay!"[60] 2022 KayCyy TW20 50 Composer, producer
"The Sun"[60]
"Love & Hate"[60]

Remixes[edit]

Track Year Artist(s) Title
"So Glad" 2009 I Am the Cosmos Gesaffelstein Remix
"Lump" F+S
"Les Enfants" 2010 Cassius
"Body of Eyes" Sei A Gesaffelstein Violation Remix
"Heliochrome" Chateau Marmont Gesaffelstein Remix
"New Disco Beat" David Carretta
"What's the Point" Ali Renault
"All You Need" 2011 Miss Kittin
"ZZafrika" ZZT
"The Day" Moby
"All You Need Is Techno" Arnaud Rebotini
"Speechless"
(featuring Carl Craig & La Scalars)
Agoria
"Big Bad Wolf" Duck Sauce
"Hilinner" Crackboy
"Blue Jeans" 2012 Lana Del Rey
"Lemonade" Boys Noize & Erol Alkan
"Shockwave" The Hacker
"Cover Your Eyes"
(featuring Wave Machines)
The Shoes
"Rocket Number 9" Zombie Zombie
"The Black Brad Pitt"
(featuring Danny Brown)
Evil Nine
"Aftermaths" VCMG
"Helix" 2013 Justice Gesaffelstein Vision Remix
"Jacques in the Box" Laurent Garnier Brodinski & Gesaffelstein Dirty Sprite Remix
"Goodbye" Depeche Mode Gesaffelstein Remix
"Bankrupt!" 2014 Phoenix
"Hate or Glory" Gesaffelstein
"A Palé"[61] 2020 Rosalía

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Pursuit" did not enter the Ultratop 50 chart, but peaked at number 83 on the Ultratip chart.[46]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Zone : le noir label de The Hacker et Gesaffelstein fête ses 10 ans - Tsugi". Tsugi. 26 March 2019.
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  8. ^ Caramanica, Jon (5 December 2013). "Gesaffelstein, a.k.a. Mike Levy, at Webster Hall". The New York Times.
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  12. ^ Gesaffelstein Returns, Signs to Columbia Pitchfork
  13. ^ "The Weeknd's Got Everyone Excited Teasing New Music 'Lost In The Fire'". Capital. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams Go Pop In The Shadows On 'Blast Off': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Gesaffelstein's 'Hyperion' Is a Moody Mix Of Pop, Goth & Cinematic Scores: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  16. ^ Larry Fitzmaurice (12 March 2019). "Gesaffelstein – Hyperion". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
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  19. ^ "KayCyy Drops New EP 'TW20 50' and Shares Video for "The Sun"". Complex. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  20. ^ Bridget Mills-Powell. "Brodinski: the family guy". Mixmag. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2019..
  21. ^ Buerger, Megan (31 August 2012). "Gesaffelstein album review: 'Rise of Depravity'". The Washington Post. pp. WW.6. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013..
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  32. ^ "Conspiracy, Pt. 2 - Single by Gesaffelstein on Apple Music". Apple Music. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  33. ^ "Zone 4: Crainte / Errance - Single by Gesaffelstein & The Hacker on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
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