Sébastien Devaud, aka Agoria, entered the world of electronic dance music at a peculiar moment in time. Unlike the first generation of techno producers, he’s too young to have been actively listening to early 80’s electronic pop by groups such as Depeche Mode or New Order. But unlike younger DJs and musicians, he’s been exposed to house and techno more or less since the start of these genres.
On the 31st of October, Agoria will be headlining Minimal Effort’s Halloween celebration in LA. Based in Los Angeles, prominent event organizer Minimal Effort will be returning this Halloween on a mission to create a haven for dance connoisseurs in the West Coast. This mother of all Halloween parties will take place at the breathtaking Belasco Theater in downtown LA. Across three stages, which will be hosted by Jukely & Mixmag, RollingTuff and Deep House Amsterdam, a variety of superb artists will congregate behind the DJ Booth to give visitors the night of their life. Be prepared for a Halloween as you never have experienced before. For this ocassion, Agoria recorded this incredibly addictive live set, where he has plunged into house territory (a style we don’t typically identify the frenchman with), and with great success.
For nearly 30 years, The Belasco Theater was resurrected as a church and rumor has it that phantom footsteps were heard by members of the congregation coming from the stage as well as odd rustling sounds from back stage when the area was completely empty. A former organist tried to explain these sounds and believed that people actually heard a very elderly lady who lived under the stage who was “inherited” from the previous church. Occasional sightings of this woman eventually diminished and she did as well. Her true identity was never known and her spirit may still linger until this day.
Agoria started producing and releasing his own tracks in 1999 and first gained international recognition with a series of 12´s on Pias recordings in 2002, which were followed by the acclaimed album Blossom a year later. Since then, Agoria has released tree more long-players The Green Armchair (2006), soundtrack Go Fast (2008), Impermanence (2011) all showcasing Agoria’s talent for creating deep, stripped-back, melodic, techno tracks.
Apart from his own work as a DJ and producer, Sébastien Devaud has also founded Nuits Sonores, one of the best European festivals and the label Infiné. Its releases – from Francesco Tristano’s piano treatments to Danton Eeprom’s sensual productions or Bachar Mar-Khalifé’s dramatic arrangements – continue to surprise and have made InFiné a platform for new music that always challenges and excites it’s listeners.
Recently, Agoria has released several EP on the best techno labels (Innervisions, Kompakt, Hotflush) and remixes for artists such as Moby or Metronomy. If all that wasn’t enough, Agoria’s debut release on Ellum is about to drop and is an equally sinister and experimental affair.
“Independence” EP is available 30 October on Ellum
Agoria | Blond:ish | Miss Kittin | Hunter/Game | Adana Twins | Finnebassen | Anja Schneider | Re.You | FULL LINE-UP |