Tesla Boy

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Tesla Boy
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Tesla Boy in May 2015. From left to right: Mikhail Studnitsyn, Pioneerball, Anton Sevidov, Leo Zatagin
Background information
Origin Moscow, Russia
Genres
Years active 2008–present
Labels
  • Mullet
  • Gorby Reagan
Website www.teslaboy.com
Members
  • Anton Sevidov
  • Leo Zatagin
  • Mike Studnitsyn
  • Stan Astakhov

Tesla Boy is a Russian synthpop band formed in 2008 by audio producer and musician Anton Sevidov. The band consists of Sevidov, Leo Zatagin, Stas "Pioneerball" Astakhov, and Mike Studnitsyn.

History[edit]

From an early age, Anton Sevidov learned music through his father’s old vinyl collection that included Ray Charles, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Blondie. From their beginnings with the release of debut single "Electric Lady" and first LP Modern Thrills in 2010, the sounds of Tesla Boy’s global influences are immediate, with their acclaimed follow-up single "Split", produced to a high level with deep catchy melodies and disco undertones.

Band members Leo Zatagin (bass) and Mike Studnitsyn (drums) complete the Tesla Boy lineup, coming together to round out the trio in 2010. A collaborative project at its core, all music and lyrics, stylistic decisions, concepts, and the direction of music and production, are made collectively. At the forefront, Sevidov remains the heart of the band, with his penchant for charming songwriting, complimented by the band's incredible musicality and tantalizing live shows that have created a cult following in cities across the world.

Following the standout success of their sparkling debut, 2012 saw the band return to the studio to work on their highly anticipated second album, The Universe Made of Darkness, due to drop May 21, 2013. March saw the band share the first single, "1991", an infectiously optimistic groove that is an exciting teaser to the finished LP that takes their previous albums' 80’s inspired synth sounds to even further heights. Second single "M.C.H.T.E." is a bouncy and percussion heavy track with rhythmic, funky bass lines and synths that flicker across the surface. 'Broken Doll' sees the band team up with London crooner Tyson to create a dark, full-bodied and sensual track. As the chorus of the track would suggest, "Broken Doll" is an invitation to the dance floor, with Tyson's vocals positively electrifying as he asks, "Do you want to dance?"

Members[edit]

Anton Sevidov[edit]

Anton is the vocalist, keyboardist, and the principal writer of music. He is also in charge of sound production and contributes songwriting. He collects vintage analog synthesizers and uses them during live performances and music production. One of his favourite synthesizers is the Roland JUNO-60, which has been also used by popular new wave acts such as The Cure, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics.

Anton's music career began in his childhood. He was featured on the popular Russian television programme, "Morning Star", and performed as a teenager on the show "Russian Talents". He was awarded with the grand prize at the international music festival "Crystal Note". Later, he worked with Chris Corner from IAMX and Sue Denim of Robots in Disguise for his project Neonavt. During the mid-2000s, he became an in-demand producer, working on tracks by artists such as Brazzavile, Esthetic Education, Bi-2 and Punk TV. Anton also composed music for various fashion shows, theatrical productions, and films. Anton has a partially completed degree in jazz piano from studying with Michael Okun at State Musical College Named After Gnessins (now State Music College of Jazz and Pop).

Leo Zatagin[edit]

Leo is a bassist. Joined the band in 2012, moved to Moscow from Rostov-on-Don. Also playing DJ-sets with Ant. /Antonionni feat. Zatagin DJ-set/

Mike Studnitsyn[edit]

Mike is a drummer and provides backing vocals. Joined the band in 2010. Also playing in the Tesla Boy piano bar project.

Stas Astakhov (Pioneerball)[edit]

Stas is a guitarist and also provides playing keyboards. Joined the band in 2013. Also making remixes, known as a Pioneerball.

Ex-members[edit]

Dima Midborn[edit]

Bassist. He contributes in writing the music and is the main songwriter. Left the band in 2012.

Poko Cox[edit]

Poko Cox provides prominent backing vocals and plays guitar for live shows. Left the band in 2012

Boris Lifschits[edit]

Drummer. He has a partially completed degree in drums from Gnessin State Musical College (now State Music College of Jazz and Pop). Left the band in 2010

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2009 "The Tesla Boy EP[2] Extended plays
2009 "The Tesla Boy EP Remixed[3] Extended plays
2009 "Electric Lady”[4] Modern Thrills
2010 "Thinking of You”[5] Modern Thrills
2010 "Liberating Soul” Modern Thrills
2011 "Rebecca”[6] Modern Thrills
2012 "Fantasy”[7] The Universe Made of Darkness
2012 "SPLIT”[8] The Universe Made of Darkness
2013 "1991”[9] The Universe Made of Darkness
2013 "Undetected”[10] The Universe Made of Darkness
2016 "Nothing”[11] Nothing

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album
2009 "Electric Lady” Modern Thrills
2010 "Thinking of You” Modern Thrills
2011 "Rebecca” Modern Thrills
2012 "Fantasy” The Universe Made of Darkness
2012 "SPLIT” The Universe Made of Darkness
2012 "Another Light”


All releases before 2012 are by British label, Mullet Records. Starting with Fantasy, all Tesla Boy records are released on Gorby Reagan Records label founded by Sevidov and Andre Howard.

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