Seven Lions consists of Santa Barbara, CA native Jeff Montalvo. Jeff is a producer, remixer, instrumentalist, and DJ who grew up as metal drummer, but soon learned that it was easier for him to start making music and get further, faster, on his own with the help of electronic production. “For me, it was the most accessible thing, to start picking up something like drums as opposed to something like electronic music. My transition out of playing with a band was because I got tired of waiting for my band all the time – I wanted to just start making music so I started composing electronic music by myself.” His introduction into the EDM world started by winning a remix contest with “You Got To Go” by Above & Beyond in early 2012.
Seven Lions released his debut EP, Polarize, in April 2012 and soon after signed with Skrillex’s label, OWSLA. It was a fast year for Jeff, who had the support of Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, and more by the time he released his second EP in October. With hard work and help from his team, Seven Lions hit the road in 2013 as main support for Porter Robinson’s Circle Assembly tour and made appearances at many of the major festivals. After a year of touring, gathering more fans and supporters, and working on more music, Seven Lions announced his first headline tour and third EP, Worlds Apart. If you haven’t heard it yet, we highly recommend it.
In an interview with Rolling Stone before the release, Seven Lions described his feelings towards the new music: ”I’m really excited to put out this EP. It’s been a long time in the making, and I am really proud of the collaborations. It’s more experimental than the last EP and the focus is on songwriting instead of pure dance-floor aggression.” The album features collaborations with several other artists including Ellie Goulding and Kerli. It’s interesting how the album spans a variety of electronic genres and together seems to really elaborate lyrically more than past projects. Although Seven Lions is now signed under Casablanca Records (Republic, Universal), the speed and agility in which he was able to accomplish worldwide notoriety in the genre is incredible. It’s amazing to see how quickly music moves with the help of technology, hard work, and dedication. Get your copy of Worlds Apart by clicking on the album art below.
By Steve Harpine | Digital Content Manager | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC