Starting out in the early 1990s playing in the pop band DIM, the Swedish artist has a distinct approach to music, which is centred around tranquillity, stillness and the convergence of Zen meditation, nature and creativity. Known for his work as one half of Minilogue, Sebastian is an accomplished solo artist, with several collaborations and a band project called Be Yokai.
Born to parents who share a similarly open-minded sense of awareness, Sebastian’s upbringing was informed by their alternative views. His deep connection with music can be traced back to his formative years; from playing the organ and violin as a child, to performing in orchestras, string quartets and pop bands and progressing into electronic music in his late teens. “The purpose of making music is no different today, than it was when I first started,” he says. Discovering house and techno in the mid-nineties was a revelation to teenage Sebastian, and was the catalyst behind a revolution in his life. “The connection between dancing and music became very important and beautiful to me,” he explains. From that point onwards, he set out on a new musical pathway, to promote the simplicity of being.
Throughout the late nineties he experimented with electronic sounds, forming cult duo Minilogue with a friend and releasing with Crosstown Rebels, Traum Schallplatten, Wagon Repair and more, plus two albums via Cocoon Recordings – Minilogue - Animals (2008) and Minilogue - Blomma (2013). In 2014, the duo decided to take a break and invest their time in solo projects and Sebastian has since been hard at work cultivating a collection of new music already snapped up by hugely influential labels Drumcode, Hypercolour and M_nus.
Sebastian’s collaborative work runs parallel to his solo endeavours and he has teamed up with several figures in the techno world. Collaborators include Mathew Jonson, Donato Dozzy, Eitan Reiter, Aril Brikha and Ulf Eriksson (4), and releases have come via underground platforms such as Mule Musiq and Kontra-Musik. He also produces under the alias WaWuWe, a project focused on ‘meditation, improvisation and dance’ offering an understated take on the techno aesthetic.
Sebastian’s studio sessions and live performances take influence from his spiritual practices and meditative techniques, and the inspiration provided by the serenity and simplicity of the forest close to his home in Röstånga, Söderåsen National park. Sebastian built his studio right next to the deep woodland as he finds the peace offered by the majestic, untainted forest informs his working process.
His live performances combine technical wizardry with energy, atmosphere and euphoria. His skill for performing live also feeds into the new Be Yokai project, a trio formed of Sebastian, Douglas Holmquist and Kristofer Ström. The three men formed an alliance, finding their flow after several sessions together. They allow the creative process to occur in a more natural manner preferring not to force themselves to create when it doesn’t feel right. Their first EP is signed to Hypercolour sub-label Space Hardware, with a live show and more music in the pipeline.
Sebastian Mullaert Discography
- 35 Remix
- 5 Instruments & Performance
- 190 Writing & Arrangement
- 178 Production
- 3 DJ Mix
- 77 Technical
- 3 Visual