Jeff Montalvo born March 31, 1987, known professionally as Seven Lions, is an American DJ, record producer, instrumentalist and remixer from Santa Barbara, California. Active musically since 2010, his music combines styles as diverse as trance, melodic dubstep, drum and bass, glitch hop, and electro house. He has released six EPs, multiple singles, and official remixes for record labels such as Casablanca Records, OWSLA, Viper Recordings, Anjunabeats, Republic Records and Monstercat.
One of his first releases was an unofficial remix of “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine in March 2010. His remix was then included as part of the official single package for “Cosmic Love” by Moshi Moshi Records on July 5, 2010. Also in 2011, he released a remix of the song “Satellite” by Oceanlab. On a whim Seven Lions entered the Above & Beyond official remix competition on Beatport in 2011, remixing their track “You Got To Go.” The track sat at #2 on Beatport’s Dubstep chart for over 6 weeks, largely underneath Skrillex’s remix of Avicii‘s “Levels.” The track also won the remix competition, which led to Seven Lions becoming officially involved with Above and Beyond. The remix was officially released on their Anjunabeats label on December 21, 2011.
His second EP Days to Come was mentioned by Vibe Magazine as one of their Top Electronic Albums of 2012, and it peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. His next EP, Worlds Apart, charted at No. 76 on The Billboard 200, and the EP’s track “Don’t Leave” with Ellie Goulding entered the UK Singles Chart in 2014. He tours regularly in the United States, and since 2012 has performed at festivals such as SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Camp Bisco. He was nominated for America’s Best DJ, a competition held by DJ Times, in 2014.
Seven Lions’ production style has been described by reviewers as trance, dubstep, bass music, and electro, though he incorporates other genres as well. About how he would define his genres, in 2013 Seven Lions’ stated, “I like a little bit of everything to be honest, so I try and make a little bit of everything… I try and keep my style on what I want to do, so I have dubstep songs, glitch-hop, electro, trance.”
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Without further ado, Seven Lion’s top 5 tracks of all time:
5. Seven Lions – Don’t Leave (Ft. Ellie Goulding)
4. Seven Lions Feat. Fiora – Start Again
3. Seven Lions feat. Kerli – Worlds Apart
2. Seven Lions, SLANDER, & Dabin – First Time ft. Dylan Matthew
1. Gryffin & Seven Lions – Need Your Love feat. Noah Kahan
BONUS: Seven Lions x Illenium x Said The Sky – Rush Over Me (feat. HALIENE)