Jeff Montalvo known professionally as Seven Lions, is an American record producer, remixer, instrumentalist and DJ from Santa Barbara, California.The name Seven Lions comes from a fantasy book called Latro In The Mist by Gene Wolfe. Seven Lions is a character in the book.
Montalvo’s interest in music production began at the age of 7 when his father came home with a Macintosh and keyboard. He grew up as a metal and punk-inclined drummer, but he eventually segued into electronic music production.
Montalvo explains, “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.” He took the initiative, and after a friend gave him the program Fruity Loops, he was set to become a producer
After releasing his debut Polarize EP in April, Seven Lions had several Beatport #1s (four in the dubstep chart) with remixes for the likes of Above & Beyond, Matrix & Futurebound, Paul Van Dyk and Delirium. His song, “Below Us” feat. Shaz Sparks, was also featured as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World.’
The Worlds Apart EP was released April 29, 2014 on Casablanca Records. The EP contains five tracks: “Don’t Leave” with Ellie Goulding, “Worlds Apart” with Kerli, “Nepenthe”, “Strangers” with Myon and Shane 54 & Tove Lo, and “Keep it Close” with Kerli.
Seven Lions has stated that “It’s more experimental than the last EP and the focus is on songwriting instead of pure dance-floor aggression.” The EP showcases a wide variety of genres including elements of trance, dubstep, bass music, and electro while also including more vocals.
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