Today, Ed Banger’s sound machine Sebastian has released a brand new single “Run For Me” featuring the acclaimed artist Gallant HERE. The prolific French artist announces the return of his own work, 8 years after his 2011 debut album Total, with this new single and by announcing the follow up album this Fall via Ed Banger Records / Because Music.
The official video for “Run For Me” ft. Gallant HERE, also available today, was directed by US photographer and director Todd Tourso, who has previously worked as creative director for artists such as Beyoncé, N.E.R.D., Rihanna and Future.
Sebastian about the new single “Run With Me”: “We made it in one day, in one take without stopping. The melody evolved wherever it seemed to want to go all by itself. I tracked Gallant down for the vocals because he shared the same power and logic that the song aimed to have and I wasn’t disappointed. The song really came into its own when the vocals were laid down on the track.”
Director Todd Tourso about “Run With Me”: “When I first heard the song I was just struck by how cinematic it felt. I wanted to create something that felt like an epic tragic love story, but the post-communist version, completely stripped of context. Sebastian and I were speaking over FaceTime, and we decided to use this singular idea of a car ride to take you on the complete emotional arc of a broken relationship. We shot in Belgrade and it was one of those special shoot’s that just felt like summer camp. “
Parisian producer, DJ, musician and artist Sebastian (real name Sebastian Akchoté) has been releasing pioneering and acclaimed music via label Ed Banger Records for years. Since his debut album, Sebastian has been putting his talent to good use for other artists such as Frank Ocean, Kavinsky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Philippe Katerine, Woodkid, and has created several notable remixes for Daft Punk, Kelis, The Kills, Rage Against the Machine etc.
Now, “Run For Me” ft. Gallant, taken from his new album to come in Fall 2019, shows once again that Sebastian is undoubtedly the master in the art of suspense. He’s like a tightrope walker juggling a balancing act from the intimate to the epic, which can be felt in the triumphant “Run For Me” thanks to its deep, romantic melodies carried by Gallant’s vocals – the American R&B singer who released his debut album Ology in 2016, with critical acclaim for his song-writing and vocal skills.
Sebastian’s debut Total featured his signature eclectic combination of sounds; fearlessly combining influences of aggressive techno, electro and house, with funk, soul, pop and classical elements, to create something wholly new and a sound unique to Sebastian. Besides going on a world tour (incl Coachella, Parklife, A.D.E., Pukkelpop)supporting his debut album, Sebastian also co-produced several film soundtracks, such as Quentin Dupieux’s “Steak” (2007) – in which he also had a leading role – and Romain Gavras’ “Our day will come” (2010), “The World is Yours” (2018).
Outside of traditional music record releases, Sebastian is also heavily involved in (and respected by) the worlds of film, arts and fashion. He also recently began a long-lasting collaboration with world-renowned fashion house Saint Laurent and luxury label’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello, producing for most of their catwalk shows as well as the visceral visual for “Thirst” (Dir Gaspar Noé), released by Sebastian last week.
Sebastian will be performing live this year at select dates, with more to follow. Announced schedule so far is as follows:
Sebastian on tour:
Jun 01 – PARIS (FR) @ WE LOVE GREEN
Jul 07 – DOUR (BE) @ DOUR FESTIVAL
Jul 18 – BARCELONA (ES) @ SÓNAR FESTIVAL
Aug 04 – MONTREAL (CAN) @ OSHEAGA FESTIVAL