Wax Tailor

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Wax Tailor
Birth name Jean-Christophe Le Saoût
Origin France
Genres Trip hop, turntablism, hip hop, downtempo, electronica, electro swing
Occupation(s) DJ, producer
Instruments live 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 active 2001 - present
Labels Lab'Oratoire
Le Plan (US)
Atmospheriques (FR)
Mole Listening Pearls (GER)
blend corp. (AUST/NZ)
Associated acts Marina Quaisse, Charlotte Savary, Mr Gib, Madwreck & Mattic from The Others.
Website waxtailor.com

Jean-Christophe Le Saoût[1] (born July 19, 1975 in Vernon, Eure), better known by the stage name Wax Tailor, is a French trip hop/hip hop producer. He has released five studio albums collaborating with a great number of artists and has also released a number of EPs in France.


After being a host on a 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 work on the Wax Tailor project in 2001, first appearing on a remix of Looptroop & La Formule's "Deep Under Water".


Wax Tailor's first EP Lost the Way was released in 2004 and features contributions from Charlotte Savary, Marina Quaisse, and Big Dada rapper Infinite Livez. This was followed the same year by another EP titled Que Sera / Where My Heart's At).

Other musicians who have appeared alongside Wax Tailor include North Carolina hip-hop set The Others (Johnny Madwreck, Mr. Mattic, and DR), Ursula Rucker, Sharon Jones, Voice, and A State of Mind.

His first full-length album Tales of the Forgotten Melodies was released in March 2005, mixing hip-hop, downtempo, trip hop with samples extracted from movies. This album became one of the best selling electronic releases of the year.[citation needed] This was followed by a second album Hope & Sorrow released in April 2007.

Wax Tailor's third album, In The Mood For Life was released on September 22, 2009. His fourth album Dusty Rainbow From The Dark is a concept album, and was released in 2012. A fifth album, By Any Beats Necessary was released on October 14, 2016.




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 30
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]


  • 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


  • Lost the Way Directed by Seamus Haley
  • Hypnosis Theme Directed by Hugo Arcier)
  • Our Dance (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by Laurent King
  • Where My Heart's At (feat. The Others) Directed by Tenas
  • Walk The Line (feat. The Others) Directed by Wax Tailor
  • To Dry Up (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by Laurent King
  • Positively Inclined (feat. A.S.M.) Directed by Tenas
  • The Games You Play (feat. Voice) Directed by Tenas
  • We Be (feat. Ursula Rucker) Directed by Mathieu Foucher
  • Say Yes (feat. A.S.M.) Directed by Wax Tailor & Tenas
  • I Own You (feat. Charlie Winston) Directed by Romain Chassaing
  • This Train (feat. Voice & Ali Harter) Directed by Romain Segaud
  • Dragon Chasers (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by David Périssère
  • Heart Stop (feat. Jennifer Charles) Directed by Mathieu Foucher & Leïla Sy
  • Time To Go (feat. Aloe Blacc) Directed by Darcy Prendergast & Seamus Spilsbury
  • Dusty Rainbow (feat. Charlotte Savary) Directed by Anaëlle Moreau
  • Only Once (feat. Ali Harter) Directed by Stéphanie Grivillers

Covers, references, and sampling[edit]


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