Sebastian (French musician)
SebastiAn in Madrid in 2007
|Birth name||Sébastien Akchoté-Bozović|
|Born||3 February 1981|
|Website||Sebastian on Facebook|
Sébastien Akchoté-Bozović (born 3 February 1981), known mononymously as Sebastian (stylised as SebastiAn), is a French musician, composer, producer, mixer, engineer, vocalist 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 Charlotte Gainsbourg, Frank Ocean, Katerine, Kavinsky, Uffie and Woodkid, and he has composed music for the films Notre Jour Viendra and Steak (in which he also acted, credited under the name Sebastian Akchoté). Many of his tracks have been used on television and in video games.
Akchoté is of Serbian-French heritage. He was born in Boulogne-Billancourt and 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 by SebastiAn)". 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 subsequently released on 30 May in Europe and 7 June 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 saw Sebastian's remixes for bands Nero, The Shoes, Van She, and Woodkid. That 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 25 June 2012.
In 2013, Kavinsky released his first album, OutRun, of which Sebastian produced 9 tracks and mixed the entire album. In February 2014, the album has been awarded to Victoires de la Musique in the category "Electronic/Groove/Dance Album of the Year".
In 2014 Sebastian produced the title track "American Beauty/American Psycho" for the band Fall Out Boy on their album of the same name. The same year, he produced, composed and mixed Katerine's album Magnum. He also remixed the Charlotte Gainsbourg song "Hey Joe".
In 2015, Ed Banger owner Pedro Winter announced that Sebastian had finished producing a few songs for Frank Ocean, allowing him to work on his next album. Sebastian appears on the track "Facebook Story" from Frank Ocean's 2016 Blonde album.
The year 2017 marks the beginning of a musical adventure with Charlotte Gainsbourg which is still current. Sebastian produced and composed her album Rest. The next year, he produced 3 new tracks which featured on Take 2 EP. In 2019, Gainsbourg appears on Sebastian's second album, Thirst, on the track "Pleasant".
In May 2019, SebastiAn released two new tracks, Thirst (with his music video directed by Gaspar Noé) and Run for Me (in featuring with American singer Gallant), to promote his new album Thirst. On 9 July 2019, SebastiAn released a third single titled Beograd. On 5 September 2019, the fourth single Better Now in featuring with Mayer Hawthorne released. The album released on November 8, 2019 with, among others, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sparks, Sevdaliza and Syd as guests.
- Tsugi Magazine (Special Issue 5): Page 31. February–March 2013. Missing or empty
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- "New Lands - EP". iTunes (in French). Apple. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Album OutRun, Kavinsky Qobuz: download and streaming in high quality". Qobuz. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- "Victoires de la musique 2014 : Outrun de Kavinsky, meilleur album de musiques électroniques ! (Vidéo) - Melty". Melty. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- "Pedro Winter fête les 12 ans d'Ed Banger". les inRocKs Style. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- Hamard, Jonathan (25 May 2015). "Charlotte Gainsbourg à New York avec SebastiAn pour son nouvel album". chartsinfrance.net. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "Saint Laurent | Winter 18 Collection". YouTube. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
WINTER 18 COLLECTION BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO / FEBRUARY 27TH – TROCADÉRO – PARIS / SOUNDTRACK BY SEBASTIAN
- "Nueva música de SebastiAn para Saint Laurent". BeatMash Magazine (in Spanish). 23 March 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
SebastiAn vuelve a colaborar con la marca Saint Laurent para poner música a su nueva campaña, tal y como ya hiciera en 2016. El artista francés ha compuesto la música del vídeo con el que la conocida marca de moda ha presentado su colección para el próximo invierno. [SebastiAn again collaborates with the Saint Laurent brand to put music to their new campaign, as it already did in 2016. The French artist has composed the music of the video with which the well-known fashion brand has presented its collection for next winter.]
- "SebastiAn annonce un nouvel album avec le clip de "Run For Me"". Les Inrocks. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
- "SebastiAn shares new French electro banger 'Beograd'". Stoney Roads. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.