US, Voltaire, Gomma, Touching Music


US, Voltaire, Gomma, Touching Music

Publicist is longtime producer/performer Sebastian Thomson. He is mainly known as a founding member of post rock innovators Trans Am and also played in Ian Svenonius’ psychedelic punk outfit Weird War. He has released over ten albums with Trans Am and produced many others.

Publicist, however, is Sebastian’s newer house music project. Because he is a studio musician and engineer trained in drums, guitar, bass, and keyboard, he approaches the music from a different perspective. Publicist’s studio tracks are produced using a combination of vintage and modern equipment, and take cues from acid house, new beat, and detroit techno.

When performing live, Publicist sequences the synths and not the drums, preferring to play an electronically treated drumkit in the middle of the dance floor. This adds an element of sweat, excitement and virtuosity not found in most electronic producer’s live performances.

Sebastian is an Argentine native who’s family had to flee that country’s military dictatorship of the 80s. After finding temporary residence in Brazil, Holland, and France, Sebastian and his family settled in Washington DC. He then lived in London for 5 years and has recently moved to New York City.

Publicist began while Sebastian was living in London, and was therefore originally a European project. Publicist has played in scores of European cities, towns, and festivals in the last four years, and is now starting to perform more in North America. The first Publicist EP was released in 2009.


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