M83 (formed 2001)

M83 are an ambient French Electronic five piece band led by Anthony Gonzalez. Characterised by dream-like synthesized reverb effects, the group are best known for their highly popular song Midnight City released as the lead single of their sixth studio album 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' back in 2011. The track peaked at number 8 in France, topping the digital French chart as it was used as the closing theme after UEFA Euro 2012 football matches on French Network TF1, and also rose to fame in the UK after its use as the theme song to reality TV show Made in Chelsea and as music for BBC's coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Formation: In 2001 M83 was formed as a duo including Nicolas Fromageau in Antibes, France, but the two separated soon after touring their second album. Now based in Los Angeles, Gonzalez changed M83 to more of a musical project, and often recruits his brother Yann, vocalist and keyboardist Morgan Kibby and drummer Loïc Maurin to create new music and perform live alongside him. 2011 saw the arrival of new member nineteen-year old Jordan Lawlor to the band as a multi-instrumentalist. Jordan had won the audition to join M83 after Gonzalez had posted an open audition on the website earlier that year. 

Musical Career: After becoming interested in music while in high school, Gonzalez formed a band with Fromageau. Gonzalez later bought a synth and did some work independently before sending out demos that appealed to record label Gooom Records. 2001's self-titled debut album didn't receive international acclaim until 2005 when it was reissued by Mute Records. M83's second record 'Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts' was launched in spring 2003 and was significantly more popular than M83's debut. Following their third studio album release in January 2005 entitled 'Before the Dawn Heals Us', M83 remixed a series of tracks including 'The Pioneers' by Bloc Party, Placebo's 'Protège-Moi' and Goldfrapp's 'Black Cherry'. In 2006 Gonzalez wrote a series of ambient tracks entitled 'Digital Shades Vol.1' which came out in September of that year. 

After the release of 'Saturdays = Youth', M83's fifth studio album, in April 2008, M83 had changed. Under the influence of new members Ken Thomas (worked with Sigur Ros), Ewan Pearson (produced for Tracey Thorn) and organ Kibby (of the Romanovs), the sound of M83 had become more structured and centred on the 1980s, as Gonzalez states:  "[it was] also a tribute to my teenage years because the main theme of the album is being a teenager". After supporting acts on tour such as Kings of Leon and The Killers, M83 performed at the Fuji Rock Festival in 2009. 2011 saw the release of Gonzalez's first double album 'Hurry Up We're Dreaming'. He commented on the record, "It's mainly about dreams, how everyone is different, how you dream differently when you're a kid, a teenager, or an adult."

M83 has also written and composed many if not all the songs for several soundtracks over the years, such as French director Gilles Marchand's 2010 film Black Heaven, Joseph Kosinski's 2013 film Oblivion as well as 2014's Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. 

Biography by Contactmusic.com

M83 Seeking Replacement Singer For Morgan Kibby


Frontman Anthony Gonzalez revealed the news to fans in a post on the group's website on Wednesday (03Feb16), when he outlined the stipulations for interested applicants - the same method he previously used to recruit current multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lawlor.

"Back in 2011 I opened up the search for a musician to join the M83 tour," Anthony writes. "That turned out to be Jordan Lawlor who played with us all over the world and is still in the band! This time I am looking for a female singer who can also play keyboard to join us. Take a look at the requirements below, if you think you fit the role enter your details and send us a video of you singing and a video of you playing keys below."

Those interested must have a valid passport, no criminal history, be available to attend rehearsals in Los Angeles in March (16), and travel from April until December (16).

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Jean-Michel Jarre And M83 Open Up About Sensational 'Glory' Collaboration

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A legend in electronic music, Jean-michel Jarre is returning with a new album and has teamed up with fellow France-dweller Anthony Gonzalez from the band M83 in a brand new track entitled 'Glory' - a soaring anthem recorded for a recently released short film.

Jean-Michel Jarre at 2013 Cannes photocallJean-Michel Jarre teams up with M83 on new track 'Glory'

Jean-Michel Jarre's 'Glory' is an atmospheric crescendo of a track featuring gorgeous ambient vocals courtesy of Gonzalez, buzzing synths and heavy percussion. It melts together so wonderfully, you could almost describe it as a match made in musical heaven; Jarre's and Gonzalez's similar sensibilities proved exceedingly helpful. 'The demo was really strong right away', said the latter. 'It was very melodic, we both think that melody is the most important thing in music.'

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The Killers To Release Track With M83

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The Killers plan to release a collaboration with M83.

The rockers teamed up with the 'Midnight City' hitmakers' frontman Anthony Gonzalez to work on a song, and are so excited about the final result they are trying to make the track a single.

Guitarist Dave Keuning told Radio.com: ''I think it will be a great single when it comes out. I can't promise a date, but I think we would like to release the song on some level and I don't know how.

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Brandon Flowers Planning Second Solo Album

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Brandon Flowers is planning to release a second solo album.

The Killers singer is set to turn his hand to writing tracks for the follow up to 2010's 'Flamingo' when his main band have finished touring current album 'Battle Born'.

He told NME magazine: ''I'm definitely gonna do another solo record at some point 'Flamingo' wasn't just me dipping my toes in the water. I really loved it. It was successful, and that helps, but I love those songs and I miss singing them.

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Paramore 'Shocked' By Sound Of New Album

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Paramore are stunned by the sound of their new album.

The pop-punk band's fourth self-titled record came as a pleasant surprise to all three members as it is such a big departure from what they have previously done.

Haley Williams, the band's lead singer, said: ''We're shocked by what it [the album] is but we're thrilled with it.''

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Biting His Nails? Frank Ocean Admits To Being Very Nervous Ahead Of Grammy Awards

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Frank Ocean appeared at the pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles on Friday, where he admitted to being incredibly nervous about the coming awards themselves, Billboard reports.

Performing a 6 song set at the Ace Museum in Los Angeles, Frank Ocean told the audience: "So it's officially Grammy weekend, which is probably not a big deal for everyone... But it makes me nervous as f**k." With 6 nominations including for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist Ocean's got nothing to be nervous about. Especially with Channel Orange being such a strong contender. 

Esteemed guests to the show included Busy Phillipps, Alan Cummings, Ashley Benson and Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, and were all equal to the average joes in the audience, as they were treated to renditions of  "Crack Rock," "Monks", "American Wedding", "Sierra Leone," "Thinkin' Bout You," and "Pyramids."

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M83 - Brixton Academy 8th November 2012 Live Review 2012

Deja vu: the experience of thinking that a new situation had occurred before.

M83 - Brixton Academy 8th November 2012 Live Review

Going on holiday to the same place every year has always confused me. The same hotel, the same people, the same sights and the same experience year after year. I don't know about you, but as soon as it gets to the point where I'm on first name terms with the receptionist, it's time to leave.

I suppose people like knowing what to expect, and the idea of having a 'home away from home' must be comforting. If only you could pick up your dream hotel and drop it in a different, improved, location.

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Jordan Lawlor (left) And Anthony Gonzalez Of M83 Performing Live At Brixton Academy

Jordan Lawlor, Anthony Gonzalez, Brixton Academy and M83 Thursday 8th November 2012 Jordan Lawlor (left) and Anthony Gonzalez of M83 performing live at Brixton Academy

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Jordan Lawlor, Anthony Gonzalez, Brixton Academy and M83
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Anthony Gonzalez, Brixton Academy and M83
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Anthony Gonzalez, Brixton Academy and M83

Lollapalooza Day 1 Round Up: Sabbath And Keys Paint It Black

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Day one of Lollapalooza went by yesterday and was a massive success as the headline slots on the Bud Light and Red Bull Soundstage stages were black as night, with veteran rockers Black Sabbath and US rock heroes The Black Keys topping the bill on the respective stages.

Perhaps the best thing about the whole day was the coming together of such unlikely musicians, with Sabbath playing along with electro heavyweights like Nero and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and hip hop stars like Wale. The Chicago-based festival has long been commended for it's all-encompassing philosophy and willingness to play just about any genre of music and it's good to know that after 15 active years the festival still follows it's values.

Whilst Sabbath and the Keys took care of headlining duties, it was up to Uk-trio Animal Kingdom to get the ball rolling on what was their first appearance at the festival. Fellow Brit Michael Kiwanuka also took to the stage later on, importing his soulful sounds to American ears for potentially the first time for many of the audience.

The rest of the day was a miss-mash of genres; with newly revived Portland band The Shins, unlikely chart invader M83 and dubstep progressionist SBTRKT each taking their to their slots with much gusto.

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Lollapalooza Commencing Today With A Host Of Breakthrough Artists

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Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival commences today (August 3rd 2012) at the city's Grant Park with a fantastic 150+ line-up of some of the best new artists in the music industry as well as your classic favourites.

Among the headliners are former White Stripes frontman Jack White who only recently embarked on his solo career and Ohio duo The Black Keys who this year kicked-off their first headlining tour of Europe and North America. Supporting them is a stream of artists that have established big names for themselves over their careers. They include Teen Choice Award winning rapper B.O.B , alternative British rockers Band of Skulls, electronic artist SBTRKT also from the UK and Odd Future's Frank Ocean who only recently increased his fanbase tenfold with his debut album 'Channel Orange' following a heartfelt blog post. AT THE DRIVE-IN, Bombay Bicycle Club, Delta Spirit, Fun, Justice, Little Dragon, M83, Sigur Ros, The Afghan Whigs, The War On Drugs and Tune-Yards are also amongst the billed musicians you'll probably be familiar with.

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Of M83 Performing Live At Somerset House

M83, Somerset House, Anthony Gonzalez and Morgan Kibby - Anthony Gonzalez and Morgan Kibby Monday 16th July 2012 of M83 performing live at Somerset House

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