Sebastian (French musician)

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Sebastian in 2007 in Madrid
Background information
Birth name Sebastian Akchoté-Bozovic
Also known as SebastiAn
Born (1981-02-03) February 3, 1981 (age 35)
Origin Boulogne-Billancourt, France[1]
Years active 2005–present
Labels Ed Banger Records
Associated acts

Sebastian Akchoté-Bozovic,[2] better known as just Sebastian (earlier stylized as SebastiAn), is a French-Serbian musician 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 Katerine, Kavinsky, Noël Akchoté, Uffie, and Woodkid, and he has composed music for the films Notre Jour Viendra and Steak (in which he also acted). Many of his tracks have been used on television and in video games.

Early life[edit]

Akchoté is of Serbian-French heritage and was raised in Paris and Belgrade by a single mother.[3] 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.[4] He first started producing music around the age of fifteen.[4]


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.[4] 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.[3]

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.

In 2009, Sebastian played his first live set as an exclusive performance at the Sónar Festival in Barcelona.

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)". 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.[5] 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 sebsequently released on May 30 in Europe and June 7 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.[6] 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 June 25, 2012.[7]

Sebastian produced the 2014 album Magnum by Katerine. That year, 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.[8]

Sebastian has confirmed plans for a future album.[9] He has also worked with Charlotte Gainsbourg on her upcoming album.[10]

Popular culture[edit]

Sebastian's remix of Kavinsky's "Testarossa Autodrive" is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.[11] This song is also included in the game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue along with his original track "Dolami" from the Smoking Kills (?) EP. The video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles also featured a Sebastian track: "Momy", from the Motor EP.

On television, the song "Walkman" has appeared in promotional spots for the Cartoon Network programming block 'You Are Here'. In November 2011, a previously unreleased track titled "Holloback" was used in an advertisement for the HTC Sensation XL mobile phone.

In Pro Wrestling NOAH, "Enio" is used as wrestler KENTA's entrance theme.

The song "Dolami" makes an appearance in Letters of Transit, the 19th episode of the 4th season of the show Fringe.

Sebastian's track "H.A.L." was used in the song "Incredible" by rapper Mickey Factz in 2008.

Sebastian's track "Total" was used in an advertisement for the game Assassin's Creed: Revelations in 2011.

Sebastian's track "Tetra" from the album Total was used on a Citroen car advertisement in 2012.

Sebastian's track "Love in Motion" appeared in a Victoria's Secret commercial.

Sebastian's track "Embody" appeared in a Lacoste Live commercial in 2014.

Sebastian's remix of The Shoes's "Time To Dance" appeared in the "Social Trailer" of the game The Crew in 2014.

Sebastian's track "Ross Ross Ross" was featured in the advertisement for Converse's All Star shoes "Made by you" in 2015.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK Dance
US Dance
Total 63 22 20


Title Release details Peak chart positions
Ross Ross Ross / Productions & Remixes
Remixes 103

Extended plays and singles[edit]

Year Title Tracks Format Label Catalogue
2005 Smoking Kills "Smoking Kills (?)", "Dolami", "Shoot" 12" Ed Banger ED006
H.A.L. "H.A.L.", (split with Time Period by Krazy Baldhead) 7" LTED002
2006 Ross Ross Ross "Ross Ross Ross", "Head/Off", "Walkman" 12" Ed Banger,
2007 Walkman 2 "Walkman (Re-Edit)", "Killing in the Name of Sebastian" BEC5772152
2008 Motor "Motor", "Momy", "Army" 12", CD ED023
2011 Embody "Embody", "Embody (DJ Premier 95 Break Remix)", "Embody (Kavinsky Remix)" Digital
12", CD
C.T.F.O. (featuring M.I.A.) "C.T.F.O.", "C.T.F.O. (Nero Remix)", "C.T.F.O. (DMX Krew Remix)" ED051
Love in Motion
(featuring Mayer Hawthorne)
"Love in Motion", "Love in Motion (Skrillex's Funkt-Out Mix)",
"Love in Motion (Rustie Remix)"
2012 The EP Collection "Holloback", "Organia", (includes all tracks from Embody,
C.T.F.O., and Love in Motion)

Charting singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FR [12]
"Embody" 2012 90 Total
"Tetra" 87 The EP Collection


Year Title Format Label
2007 Steak: Music from the Motion Picture
(with Sebastien Tellier and Mr. Oizo)
CD Ed Banger, Because Music
2008 Notre Jour Viendra (Our Day will Come) MP3, CD

Other tracks[edit]

Year Appearing on Title Format Label
2006 Ed Rec Vol. 1 "Dolami", "H.A.L." MP3, 12", CD Ed Banger Records
2007 Ed Rec Vol. 2 "Greel"
2008 Ed Rec Vol. 3 "Dog"
2010 Ed Banger Xmas / 2010 "Threnody" Promo CD
2011 Let the Children Techno "Enio" MP3, CD
The Bee Sides "Total" 7"
2013 Ed Rec Vol. X "Moi (Demo Version)" MP3, 12", CD


Year Artist Track Title
2005 Annie "Happy Without You" Sebastien Remix
Benjamin Theves "Texas"
Daft Punk "Human After All"
2006 Ali Love "K-Hole"
Cut Copy "Going Nowhere"
Editors "Camera"
Fields "If You Fail We All Fail"
Kavinsky "Testarossa" Sebastian Remix (5:00, on "1986" EP)
Sebastian Remix (3:29, on "Sebastian Remixes")
Kelis "Bossy"
Mylo "Paris Four Hundred" Sebastian Remix (3:55, on "Paris Four Hundred Remixes" EP)
Sebastian Remix (4:24, on "Sebastian Remixes")
Nâdiya "Tous Ces Mots"
Play Paul "La La Land" Ed Banger's Allstar Remix
(Sebastian and Xavier de Rosnay Remix)
Revl9n "Walking Machine"
The Rapture "Get Myself Into It"
Uffie "Pop the Glock" Sebastian Remix 1 (3:24, on Arcade Mode)
Sebastian Remix 2 (2:42, on Ed Banger Records)
2007 Bloc Party "I Still Remember"
Das Pop "Fool for Love"
Fuckpony "Ride the Pony" SebastiAn Tellier Remix
(Sebastian and Sébastien Tellier Remix)
Klaxons "Golden Skans"
Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the Name" Sebastian's Late Night Laptop Edit
Sebastian – Killing in the Name of Sebastian
Scenario Rock "Both Gotta Move On"
Sébastien Tellier "Sexual Sportswear"
Shesus "Debbie's Shoes" Sebastien Remix
Sneaky Sound System "UFO" (Released as Kindercut from Total)
The Rakes "We Danced Together"
2008 The Kills "Cheap and Cheerful"
The Who "Baba O'Riley"
2009 Amon Düül II "Spaniards & Spacemen" (Unreleased)
2010 Depeche Mode "Master and Servant" (Unreleased)
Uffie "Difficult" 2006 Parties Remix by SebastiAn
2011 Beastie Boys featuring Santigold "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win"
Spank Rock "DTF DADT"
Toddla T and Roots Manuva "Watch Me Dance"
2012 Justice "New Lands"
Nero "Must Be the Feeling"
The Shoes "Time to Dance"
Van She "Idea of Happiness"
Woodkid "Run Boy Run"
2014 Charlotte Gainsbourg featuring Beck "Hey Joe"

Production credits[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diver, Mike. "Sebastian Total Review". BBC. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Tsugi Magazine (Special Issue 5): Page 31. February–March 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b Green, Thomas H (July 2011). "Encore Une Fois" Mixmag
  4. ^ a b c Bark, Theo (7 July 2011). "Sebastian Stands Apart From Daft Punk and 'French Touch' With Hip-Hop Roots" Spinner
  5. ^ "Sebastian Total (X rated)". Dailymotion. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  6. ^[dead link]
  7. ^ "New Lands - EP". iTunes (in French). Apple. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Pedro Winter fête les 12 ans d’Ed Banger". les inRocKs Style. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  9. ^ Ash, Amanda. "Interview: Sebastian". The Block Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (2015-05-25). "Charlotte Gainsbourg à New York avec SebastiAn pour son nouvel album". Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  11. ^ "Music". GTA Network. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b " - SebastiAn [FR] - Total". Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  13. ^ "2011 Top 40 Dance Albums Archive 11th June 2011". Official Charts. 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2014-10-06.  line feed character in |title= at position 33 (help)
  14. ^ "SebastiAn - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. " - Discographie sebastian [FR]". Retrieved 2014-10-06. 

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