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Sebastian Portillo

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“I was always fascinated by space and time,” says singer/songwriter Sebastian Portillo, who calls the picturesque Swiss state of Bern home. “The idea of understanding time and space and making it useful for human kind also reflects in my music and in my lyrics. I want to get to the bottom of every unexplainable thing and get an explanation for it.”

For Sebastian, the airy, funky, atmospheric alternative pop music he creates in the studio goes hand in hand with his life’s quest to understand and explain mysteries great and small. He says the most exciting mystery to him is the process “of creating something that does not exist yet.”

“The search for melodies and the expression of a feeling that lies inside of me with the help of sounds in musical instruments… it’s that challenge of creating something new” for others to hear that “sounds like the sounds I’ve got in my head,” Sebastian explains.
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Those sounds in Sebastian’s head started at two or three years old. His father was a Flamenco singer, and his grandfather bought him a real drum to play on instead of banging on pots and pans. At six years old, his parents enrolled him in percussion lessons. At eight years old, Sebastian began piano lessons followed by vocal lessons. He says Michael Jackson’s Bad and Dangerous albums had “a tremendous early impact on my musical style and development”. At 16 years old, Sebastian decided music would be his life’s path.

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