Cali native Jeff Montalvo best known as Seven Lions was head banging his luscious locks at Webster Hall for his The Throes Of Winter EP release party this past Thursday, March 5th.
An eclectic mix of people joined together at Webster Hall which perfectly matched his cross- genre set style. Jeff is not afraid to break the genre rules by playing every type of electronic music from dubstep to electro house to progressive trance. He skillfully blends it all together into a unique musical experience that will leave your mind in pieces on the dance floor- in the best possible way, of course.
Airy smoke flooded the stage against a backdrop of pink and blue lasers complemented by white strobes in front of his lion logo projected on screen. Fun fact: the name Seven Lions is derived from a fantasy book called Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe.
Everyone was singing along to his infamous track with progressive trance/ house producers Myon & Shane 54, “Strangers”, and “World’s Apart” featuring Estonian recording artist and songwriter Kerli who cameos on several Seven Lions tracks. His hands were held high as he played “Don’t Leave” featuring vocals by the incredible Ellie Goulding– all these tracks are from his World’s Apart EP.
People were head banging off the side of Webster’s balcony to Must Die!’s “Hard Hellcat (Habstrakt Remix)” and instant chills occurred as my personal favorite “Days To Come” filled the venue, featuring vocals from Fiora from his 2012 self titled album.
Twoloud’s electro house track “Outside World” released on DOORN Records had the audience’s energy at an all time high and then we were immersed in Seven Lion’s melodic dubstep remix of Florence And The Machine’s “Cosmic Love”.
He played Dillon Francis’ epic remix of Deadmau5’ “Some Chords” and progressive house track “Ghost” produced by Tom Swoon & Stadiumx featuring Rico & Miella. Then the room exploded with intensity as Seven Lions dropped his remix of Röyksopp’s “Running To The Sea” featuring hauntingly, beautiful vocals from Susanne Sundfør.
Seven Lions brought vocalist Davey Havok, the lead singer of AFI, on stage to sing his track “December” off his new album The Throes Of Winter. Another track titled “The End” was sung live by HALIENE and she was absolutely amazing. I knew I recognized this incredible voice and turns out it’s Kelly Sweet! She’s sung vocals on impressive tracks such as Juventa’s “Superhuman” and “Gravity” with Kevin Wild and Punk Party released on Myon & Shane 54’s label RIDE. I highly recommend the Hyperbits remix of “Gravity,” what a banger!
A quick stage dive into the crowd to connect with fans followed by front row photos and hand shakes shows that Jeff loves his fans.
My all time favorite moment was towards the very end of his set when Seven Lions played his remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got To Go,” which was the track that jump started his career. He is currently performing on their Northeast tour, We Are All We Need, and on his own tour. Seven Lions has the vivacity of well, seven lions and we’re all excited to see what this powerhouse of a producer will cook up next.
Buy his latest album, The Throes Of Winter here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-throes-of-winter-ep/id959178840
-Ashley Zucker for EDMNYC