Wax Tailor

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Wax Tailor
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Background information
Birth nameJean-Christophe Le Saoût
BornJuly 19, 1975
Vernon, Eure, Normandy, France
GenresTrip hop, turntablism, hip hop, downtempo, electronica, electro swing
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
Instrumentslive show features WT - turntables/keys-laptop/video, Marina Quaisse - cello, Charlotte Savary - vocals, Marine Thibault - flute, Mr Gib - sound engineer, Madwreck & Mattic (The Others) - MCs.
Years active2001 - present
Associated actsMarina Quaisse, Charlotte Savary, Mr Gib, Madwreck & Mattic from The Others.

Jean-Christophe Le Saoût[1] (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ kʁistɔf lə sut]; born July 19, 1975, Vernon, Normandy), better known by the stage name Wax Tailor, is a French trip hop producer from Vernon, Normandy. He has released six studio albums collaborating with other artists.


After being a host on French radio in the Paris suburb of Mantes-La-Jolie, Le Saoût started the French Rap band La Formule in the 1990s. He created his label Lab'Oratoire in 1998 and produced records from La Formule as well as Break Beat compilations and a collaboration with the Swedish band Looptroop. He began working on the Wax Tailor project in 2001, first appearing on a remix of Looptroop and La Formule's "Deep Under Water".


In 2004, JC Le Saoût launched the Wax Tailor concept with an EP, "Lost the Way", that gained the attention of DJ's and music critics in his home country.

In 2005, Wax Tailor released his first album "Tales of the Forgotten Melodies". The album has never left the Electronic Album sales charts on iTunes since its release.

In 2007, Wax Tailor released his second album "Hope & Sorrow" and had his first crossover hit single with "Positively Inclined".

In 2008 in France, he was selected in the Victoires de la musique as "best electronic music album of the year" and won the 7th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop vote for best Dance/Electronica album.

In 2009, Wax Tailor came back with "Say Yes", his first single on his new album In The Mood For Life released on September 21, featuring with Charlie Winston, Charlotte Savary, Sara Genn, Dionne Charles, A State Of Mind, Mattic, Ali Harter, and Speech Defect.

In 2012, after three years of touring around the world, Wax Tailor released "Dusty Rainbow from the Dark", narrated by Don McCorkindale, who voiced the BBC's serialized version of the classic TV show "The Avengers".

In 2014, To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his career, Wax Tailor launched the "Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra'. Alongside a 35-piece orchestra and a 17-person choir, Wax Tailor embarked on an ambitious re-orchestration of 27 highlights from his 4 albums, to present them in a completely different setting. After a sold-out European tour, the Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra was chosen to play 3 shows for the re-opening of the prestigious Teatro Colon in Bogota, accompanied by the National Symphonic Orchestra of Colombia.

In 2016, Wax Tailor released his fifth album "By Any Beats Necessary". The title references the Malcolm X phrase "By Any Means Necessary", which was inspired by Sartre's play "Dirty Hands". Wax Tailor invited on this album Ghostface Killah from the Wu Tang Clan, R.A. The Rugged Man, A-F-R-O, Token, Tricky, Lee Fields, Charlotte Savary, Sara Genn, Mattic and Raashan Ahmad and IDIL.

In 2017, following the release of "By Any Beats Necessary", Wax Tailor went on a long world tour. During this tour, he came up with the idea of having this album remixed. Established producers such as Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) or the US duo Du-Rites (J-Zone) as well as a cohort of rising artists such as ProleteR, Soul Square, The Geek x Vrv, Poldoore, Kognitif, Fatbabs, Madwreck, Benji Blow, Le Parasite were selected by Wax Tailor to keep a general musical cohesiveness to the project and bring new life to the original album.

January 2021: Wax Tailor releases "The Shadow Of Their Suns", his 6th studio album with many guests (Mark Lanegan, Del The Funky Homosapien (Gorillaz), D Smoke, Gil Scott Heron, Rosemary Standley (Moriarty), Mr Lif, Adeline, Yugen Blakrok). The music videos of this new album won prestigious international awards (SXSW, NYC, Los Angeles, Rome, Cannes etc.). Wax Tailor also announces a new international tour which will start in France.




Year Album Peak
2005 Tales of the Forgotten Melodies 150
2007 Hope & Sorrow 31
2009 In the Mood for Life 9
2012 Dusty Rainbow from the Dark 8
2016 By Any Beats Necessary 12
2017 By Any Remixes Necessary
2021 The Shadow of Their Suns 14
Live albums
Year Album Peak
2010 Live 2010 à l'Olympia 62
2014 Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra

EPs and singles[edit]

Year Title Peak
Certification Album
2004 Que Sera/Where My Heart's At
Lost the Way
2006 Our Dance/Walk the Line Tales of the Forgotten Melodies
2007 To Dry Up/The Games You Play 78 Hope and Sorrow
Positively Inclined / The Way We Lived 78
2008 We Be / There Is Danger 78
2009 "Say Yes" (feat. ASM) 30 In the Mood for Life
This Train" / "Leave It 25
2010 I Own You
2012 Heart Stop 81 Dusty Rainbow from the Dark
2016 I Had a Woman 194[6]
2017 The Chase Remixes


  • Looptroop & La Formule - Deep Under Water (Wax Tailor remix) 2001
  • Clover - Death of the Lonely Superhero (Wax Tailor remix) 2005
  • Wax Tailor - Our Dance (Wax Tailor Remix) 2006
  • Nina Simone - I Am Blessed 2008


Covers, references, and sampling[edit]


  1. ^ True, Chris. "Biography: Wax Tailor". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  2. ^ fr:Victoires de la musique 2008#Artiste de musiques .C3.A9lectroniques ou dance de l.27ann.C3.A9e
  3. ^ fr:Victoires de la musique 2010#L.E2.80.99enregistrement de musiques .C3.A9lectroniques ou dance de l.E2.80.99ann.C3.A9e
  4. ^ http://www.francetv.fr/les-victoires-de-la-musique/varietes/artiste?s=dusty-rainbow
  5. ^ a b c LesCharts.com: Wax Tailor discography
  6. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 23, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 11 June 2016.

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