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HELLO: SEVEN LIONS By James Waldron

17 June 2013
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HELLO: SEVEN LIONS

Who Jeff Montalvo, 26-year-old producer from sunny Santa Barbara
Sounds like Emotive bass music with trance tendencies

As the drummer in a high school metal band, Jeff Montalvo never expected to be a rock god. But by swapping the drum sticks for a copy of Fruity Loops, he accidentally became a dance music deity.

"I got bored waiting for my bandmates to show up to practice," he explains. "I didn't know anything about electronic music, but I knew I could do it by myself."

They might regret their laziness as he's now emerging as one of the rising stars of the US bass scene. First turned on to trance when handed an old Tiësto CD in college, it was a spur of the moment decision to enter Above & Beyond’s remix competition in 2011 that set Jeff up for stardom. His take on 'On My Way To Heaven' retained the original's euphoric opening before plunging into a maelstrom of super-sized beats and gurgling bass – scooping the prize, and an army of fans in the process.

The track's success shows how much the scene has opened up in recent years. "I definitely didn’t think I was going to win. Anjunabeats putting out a dubstep song, are you crazy?" he says incredulously.

They weren’t the only ones to spot the potential in Jeff’s genre-blending productions, and Skrillex soon signed him to his OWSLA imprint. His faith seemed well placed when four of Jeff’s tunes smashed into Beatport’s dubstep Top 10 of 2012. With his 'Polarize' EP still causing stampedes on dancefloors across the globe, expect Seven Lions to have the whole chart on lock again this year.

Röyksopp - Run into the Sea (Seven Lions Remix) is out in July

TAGS: BASS / FEATURE / HELLO / SEVEN LIONS

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