2008 – aujourd'hui (10 ans)
Moskva, Fédération de Russie
Tesla Boy is a Russian synthpop / new wave band formed by Anton Sevidov, Dima Midborn and Poko Cox in late 2008.
The band's name is taken from the title of a song written by Anton and Dima during the beginning of their collaboration about a boy who could conduct electricity but could not control it and hurt those who came too near him. The idea was inspired by the apartment in which Anton lived for most of his life which was above a huge electrical transformer that made him constantly feel the presence of electricity.
The band started by recording a five-track demo entitled "The Tesla Boy", distributing it amongst friends and on the internet. It was later published under the title "The Tesla Boy EP." The promo CD features full artwork by DW Design studios. Bloggers took note of the demo, describing the band's music as "some of the most exciting electronic music of the year", "the best thing to come from Russia since vodka" and "the finest pop group in the world today". The band were quickly booked for sold-out concerts in many major Soviet cities and headlined three major Russian music festivals: Afisha, Stereoleto and MIGZ. In July 2010, they played the Elektrana stage at Serbia's EXIT Festival.
Since August 2009, the band has been signed to the British label Mullet Records. The label released the aforementioned demo "The Tesla Boy EP" along with a "The Tesla Boy" remix EP, and the band's debut LP "Modern Thrills" in May 2010, which was followed by the three singles "Electric Lady, "Thinking Of You" and "Liberating Soul". The debut album is the band's first official physical release on CD, with the cover design contributed by the New York City-based design studio Mogollon.
In 2010, Tesla Boy collaborated in a live-only project with Poko Cox for many live performances, which included some of Poko's tracks. Their first live performance together was in Kiev, Ukraine, followed by shows in the country.
Their songs "Fire," "Electric Lady" and "It's Not Loving" have been in heavy rotation at Radio Maximum since 2009, as well as the track Spirit of the Night starting in 2010. "Electric Lady" and "Fire" entered Radio Maximum's 2009 Top 100. The music video for "Electric Lady" has been featured on Muz-TV Russia since 2010. "Electric Lady" was featured on the Nu Disco compilation released by Hed Kandi Records, and an extended mix of the song was featured on the A Blues From The Gutter compilation mixed by Blackstrobe.
The band has remixed tracks by Anoraak, Manicure, Sally Shapiro and Alla Pugacheva.
All music and lyrics are written by the band members; all stylistic decisions, regarding the concept, the direction of music and production, are made by the band.
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