Sebastian (French musician)

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Sebastian
SebastiAn Low Club.JPG
Sebastian in Madrid in 2007
Background information
Birth nameSebastian Akchoté-Bozović[1]
Born (1981-02-03) 3 February 1981 (age 38)
OriginBoulogne-Billancourt, France[2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • DJ
  • composer
Years active2005–present
LabelsEd Banger
Associated acts
WebsiteSebastian on Facebook

Sebastian Akchoté, known mononymously as Sebastian (sometimes stylised as SebastiAn), is a French electronic 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 Frank Ocean, 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. He was born in Paris and 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]

Career[edit]

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 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.[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 25 June 2012.[7]

Sebastian produced the 2014 album Magnum by Katerine. That year, he also remixed the Charlotte Gainsbourg song "Hey Joe".

In 2014 Sebastian produced the title track "American Beauty/American Psycho" for the band Fall Out Boy on their album of the same name.

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 appears on the track "Facebook Story" from Frank Ocean's 2016 Blonde album.

In 2017, Sebastian produced Charlotte Gainsbourg's album Rest.[9]

Sebastian created the soundtrack for the Yves Saint Laurent Winter 18 Collection campaign, which was held on February 27, 2018 in Paris, France.[10][11]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tsugi Magazine (Special Issue 5): Page 31. February – March 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Diver, Mike. "Sebastian Total Review". BBC. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  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. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110830214421/http://www.edbangerrecords.com/primary-tour/. Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  9. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (25 May 2015). "Charlotte Gainsbourg à New York avec SebastiAn pour son nouvel album". chartsinfrance.net. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  10. ^ "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
  11. ^ "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.]

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