Gesaffelstein is a multi-talented music star who boasts a diverse spectrum of talents and abilities. He is a record producer, songwriter, music artist, disc jockey, and all-around music genius. Over the years, the French-born musician has collaborated with some of the most famous names on the international music scene, and he is considered in some circles to be one of the best producers of the 2010s.
While working with other artists, he has also released some of his own original songs. His debut album Aleph was released in 2013, and six years later, in February 2019, he released his second album Hyperion. He makes music for films and television productions alike.
Although he is best known around the world under his stage name Gesaffelstein, this music star was born on June 13, 1987, as Mike Lévy. Gesaffelstein is characterized by two names; Gesamtkunstwerk and Albert Einstein. He was born and grew up in the city of Lyon in southern France. He became interested in music as a hobby at the age of 16. However, his passion for music grew after he discovered the instrument called synthesizer and continued to experiment with it year after year.
His career officially started in 2008, and the following year he started producing remix versions of several hit songs. While his remixes continued to gain popularity, he released his first official EP The Operator in November 2009, followed by a second EP Variations, which was released in November 2010. It can be said that 2011 was a very busy and productive year for the music star, as he released up to four EPs, including Conspiracy Pt. 1 and Conspiracy Pt. 2.
He worked with his French producer colleague The Hacker on his third EP for the year Crainte / Errance, which was released in May 2011. Gesaffelstein worked with another French DJ Brodinski on his fourth EP Bromance #1, which was released in November 2011. In 2012 he released only one EP entitled Bromance #4: Rise of Depravity.
The musician was recruited by Kanye West to work on his sixth studio album Yeezus. The album was a huge success, with Gesaffelstein contributing to 2 singles “Black Skinhead” and “Send It Up”. His collaboration with Kanye brought him more prominence in the industry and also helped him to move beyond the dance music blog circuit into the mainstream music scene.
Gesaffelstein finally released his first full-length album Aleph in October 2013. The 14-track album received excellent reviews from critics and was named one of the best EDM albums of the year. It was also positively received in the charts in Europe and the USA and reached a top position of 16 in the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic album charts.
After the release of his debut album, the multi-talented music star remained busy working with other musicians and did not release his own song. After a long wait, his second studio album Hyperion was released in March 2019 on Columbia Records. Unlike his first album, which contained no outside contributions, he collaborated with other writers, producers, and singers on this album, including Pharrell Williams, The Weeknd, The Hacker, and several others. The album reached a top position at number 10 of the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic albums.
The release of a new album is certainly not the only highlight of the year for this music star, as he will be billed for a performance at the 2019 Coachella Festival. Before that, he had already performed at the festival in 2015.
Things To Know About The French Record Producer
1. Gesaffelstein worked with the singer and DJ Miss Kittin on the single “Calling from the Stars” from her third solo album Calling from the Stars (2013).
2. In 2014 he worked together with A$AP Rocky on the title “In Distress” for the soundtrack album to the 2014 blockbuster movie Divergent He also produced a full-length soundtrack for the 2015 French film Maryland (Disorder).
3. Gesaffelstein worked with legendary French musician Jean-Michel Jarre on the 2015 single “Conquistador” from his 17th album. He also contributed to the EP My Dear Melancholy by The Weeknd 2018, which can be heard on two singles – “Hurt You” and “I Was Never There”.
4. During his last appearance at the Coachella Festival in 2015, Gesaffelstein announced that the show would be his last live performance as he would retire from music. The whole thing turned out to be a pure publicity gag, as he did not retire but went on tour again the following year.