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seven lions
SoCal's Jeff Montalvo, aka Seven Lions, made a big splash in the breakbeat world with the release of his debut EP on Viper & his unique remixes of some of Above & Beyond's biggest hits. Jeff spoke with us at a show he headlined in LA about his versatile sound & where he finds inspiration.
Above & Beyond feat Richard Bedford - On My Way To Heaven (Seven Lions Remix) [Anjunabeats]
LessThan3: Your style of bass music really stands out for its melodies and otherworldly atmosphere. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Jeff: I get the textured melody style from Above & Beyond, but for dubstep and drum’n’bass I get inspiration from bands like Opeth, Delirium, Porcupine Tree, and more rock’n’roll and metal sounds.
LessThan3: Your remix of You Got To Go on Anjunabeats was a big break for you. What’s the story behind that track?
Jeff: I saw the remix contest they were having on Beatport, but at first wasn’t even planning on entering the contest; I was just downloading the stems because I really liked Zoe Johnston’s vocals. Later, I started producing with them but I had to work quickly because I only had two weeks to make it by the deadline. I just really put my mind to it and cranked out the tune.
LessThan3: Your Polarize EP on Viper Recordings is one of our favorite releases of the year so far. Were you working on this EP for awhile?
Jeff: I spent about six months making the EP. By the time I got to Viper with it, Below Us and Polarize were already done. Over the next three or four months, Viper Recordings hooked me up with vocals by Shaz, so it was a bit of a procedure, but I always try to go with quality over quantity in my productions.
LessThan3: So why Seven Lions? Why not Six?
Jeff: The name Seven Lions comes from a fantasy book called Latro In The Mist by Gene Wolfe. I’m a big fantasy geek, or at least I used to be as it’s hard to find time to read anymore. Seven Lions is a character in the book, and I just really liked that name.
LessThan3: What software do you prefer to use?
Jeff: FL Studio 10. I use Massive, Sylenth1, and Voxengo plugins. That’s basically my entire setup in a nutshell.
LessThan3: If you were in a rock band, what instrument would you play?
Jeff: Probably drums since I used to play as the drummer in a few punk and metal bands.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Jeff: Harvest by Opeth.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Jeff: Melodic Heavy Progressive.