Arnaud Rebotini

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Arnaud Rebotini is a French author, composer, performer and producer. He is also the founder of the Black Strobe Records label, created in 2011.

Arnaud Rebotini’s career began in 1995 with some techno EPs released on different labels. In 1996, he was spotted on the Source Lab 2 and Source Lab 3 (Virgin) compilations alongside Air, Daft Punk, Etienne de Crécy and Philippe Zdar.

In 2000, Arnaud Rebotini released his first album, Organic (Artefact, 2000), under the alias Zend Avesta. It is an ambitious, avant-garde, widely known album which was well received by the public and the press (it made the cover of the magazine Magic). It mixes pop, electronics, jazz and contemporary music, analog synthesizers, wind, brass, strings, electric guitar and voices – including Alain Bashung and Mono Soyoc ones. A French tour followed the release including the festival La route du rock as well as an appearance in the TV show Nulle part Ailleurs.

Arnaud Rebotini founded the Black Strobe group at the same time. Many remixes and maxis initiate this new project which is more electro and for clubbing: Paris Acid City, Source 1997 / Innerstrings, Output Recordings, 1999 / Chemical Sweet Girl, Me & Madonna, Fitting Together, Output Recordings, 2002 / Italian Fireflies, Kitsuné, 2003 / Deceive Play, Black Strobe Records, 2005 / Last Dub On Earth, Crosstown Rebels, 2006 …

In 2007, the Black Strobe’s debut album, Burn Your Own Church, was released, produced by Beggars Group and directed by Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence And The Machine, Bloc Party, The Rapture). The album mixes electronic music, rock, metal and blues including the cover version of the song “I am a Man” by Bo Diddley. This cover will be used for cinema and advertising: Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla (2008), Pascal Bourdieux’s Mac (2010), Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012), Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage (TV advertising campaign), Seat ( TV advertising campaign) and GTA V (video game). The title Blood Shot Eyes is, for its part, used for the trailer of The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese (2013). Black Strobe is on the cover of New Noise magazine and goes on a world tour with LCD Sound System, The Rapture and Soulwax.
In 2014, Black Strobe released its second album, Godforsaken Roads (Black Strobe Records, 2014). Followed by another international tour.

Passionate about analog synthesizers, Arnaud Rebotini also devotes his career to electronic productions. He released two albums in his own name: Music Components (Black Strobe Records, 2008) and Someone Give Me Religion (Black Strobe Records, 2011). As such, the live performances of these two albums, where there is no computer involved, are acclaimed by the public and the press (cover of Trax Magazine). The album Some Give Me Religion is also on the cover of Trax Magazine as well as Tsugi’s.

These electronic productions also mark the collaboration of Arnaud Rebotini with GRM (Groupe de Recherche Musicale). After several creations for GRM between 2001 and 2005, Arnaud Rebotini collaborates with Christian Zanési for an album, Frontières (Black Strobe Records, 2016), mixing analog synthesizers, acousmatic sounds and concrete music. The creation took place at the Georges Pompidou Center in 2012.

Arnaud Rebotini adds to the different aspects of his career and his productions, a collaboration with France Info since he was the composer of the radio sound from 2009 until 2014.

The beginnings of Arnaud Rebotini and especially with the production style of Zend Avesta, opened his career up to cinema as well. The first director who worked with him is Jean-Pierre Limosin. He commissioned a title for the feature film Novo in 2002.
But, it was with the director Robin Campillo that the collaboration of Arnaud Rebotini with the cinema took a big turn since he signed the soundtracks of his two last films, Eastern Boys (Black Strobe Records, 2014) and 120 BPM (Because Music, 2017) – the feature film 120 BPM received the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes as well as six Césars, with one for Anaud Rebotini’s music.

The remix by Arnaud Rebotini of the title Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat is part of the 120 BPM’s soundtrack. It also illustrates the career of Arnaud Rebotini as a DJ and remixer: Black Desire (Lazy, Zend Avesta Mix, 1998), Dépeche Mode (Something to do Black Strobe Remix, 2010), Bloc Party (“Like Eating Glass” Black Strobe Remix, 2010), Rammstein (“Keine Lust” Black Strobe Remix, 2011) …


// DJ Set during the Closing night of the Festival at l’Elyseum, Thursday, June 19th – 10:30 PM ! //
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