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Sébastien Tellier

Sébastien Tellier Club DJ from France

Club DJ from France
Sébastien Tellier
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Intro Club DJ from France
A.K.A. Sebastien Tellier
Is Deejay Musician Singer Composer Songwriter Actor
From France
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 22 February 1975, Le Plessis-Bouchard, France
Age: 45 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Electronic music
The details


Sébastien Tellier ([tɛlje]; born 22 February 1975) is a French musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is mainly known for having represented France in Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with his song Divine. He has also produced songs for Dita Von Teese and he has composed music for the French films Narco and Steak among others. He is currently signed to Record Makers, a French independent record label. He sings in many languages as English, French and Italian.


Tellier's first album, L'incroyable Vérité (The Incredible Truth), was released in 2001. Tellier went on tour with Air in support of the album and was joined on stage by theremin player Pamelia Kurstin. L'incroyable Vérité is a pop album featuring styles from lo-fi electronica to bizarre cabaret tunes. Its sleeve featured Tellier in full evening dress on the front, while the back of jacket had a shot of him cavorting in a playboy's pool. He instructed listeners only to listen to the album by candlelight.

Tellier followed L'incroyable Vérité with his second studio album Politics (2005). A particularly popular song from Politics was "La Ritournelle", a string-led tune, which featured Nigerian drummer, Tony Allen who worked with Fela Kuti. "La Ritournelle" was remixed by various artists, notably in Britain by Metronomy.

Since the release of Politics, Tellier has also recorded an acoustic album of his more popular songs, Sessions (2006). The album was repackaged for the British market as Universe (2006), to include both highlights from the French CD, as well as compositions from Tellier's score for the film Narco. This compilation included a cover of La Dolce Vita, a song originally by French singer Christophe.

Sébastien Tellier performing "Divine" at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia, 24 May 2008

His third studio album Sexuality was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Like his previous album Politics, Tellier used a single term as title and theme of the album. Tellier's label Record Makers collaborated with retailer American Apparel for an exclusive three-month pre-release of the album, whilst American Apparel sold limited edition versions of the Sexuality CD, LP and "Divine" 7" and 12" single through their North American stores and website.

On 7 March 2008, it was announced by Bruno Berberes, head of EBU delegation in France, that Tellier would represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. It was held in Belgrade on 24 May 2008. Tellier sang "Divine". This was the first time in the history of the contest that the nominated French entry was to be performed largely in English, which caused controversy, leading to Tellier pledging to increase the amount of French in the song prior to the competition itself. In total, the entry received 47 points.

His fourth album My God Is Blue was released in 23 April 2012. The album is entirely produced by Mr Flash and Pavle Kovacevic.

His fifth album Confection was released in October 2013. This was partially inspired by the death of Tellier's grandmother. Some of the music on the album was intended to appear on a film soundtrack, but ended up not being used. In an interview with artistxite, Tellier noted: "You can say my grandmother's death as well as this nonexisting soundtrack had an impact on “Confection“. To me this has been a super strange situation. I was full of love for my grandmother and full of dedication to this soundtrack; "Confection" is the result of both of these emotional conditions." In Spring 2014, Tellier performed a medley of tracks from Confection at the Chanel Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais. Tellier recounts that Karl Lagerfeld invited him to perform, having listened to the album himself.

His sixth album L'Aventura, was released on 14 July 2014. The album was inspired by Brazil, where the video to its lead single, "L'Adulte", is set.

In 2018, Tellier composed all the songs from the eponymous album by Dita Von Teese.

In 2020, Tellier returns with a new single "A Ballet", released on January 29, to promote his seventh album Domesticated, consisting of 8 tracks, which will be released on 24 April 2020. On February 14 2020, he appeared as a featured artist on "Boycycle" by Salvatore Ganacci.

Soundtrack work

Tellier has composed and performed original scores for three French films: Narco (2004), Saint-Amour and Marie et les naufragés (2016). The soundtracks were released by Record Makers in 2007 and 2016, respectively. He also composed a few songs with Mr. Oizo, for the soundtrack of the film Steak, released in 2007. The soundtrack were released by Ed Banger and Because Music the same year.

Use of Tellier's songs

  • The track "Fantino" from L'incroyable Vérité was chosen by Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to her 2003 film Lost in Translation. Coppola also used the song "Look" from his Sexuality album in her 2010 film Somewhere
  • The songs "Look" and "La Ritournelle" were featured in Ugly Betty's episodes "Crush'd" and "Dressed for success", respectively.
  • "La Ritournelle" also featured in Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st movie soundtrack.
  • The song "Universe" from the album L'incroyable Vérité is featured in the film Daft Punk's Electroma.
  • "Divine" (as remixed by Danger) was used in the 2009 racing game Gran Turismo for the PSP.
  • "La Ritournelle" is sampled in The Weeknd's single, "Kiss Land"
  • "La Ritournelle" is the first of many final soundtracks used in the movie "One Way" - 2006.
  • "Slow Lynch" was used by Top Gear in Seasons 13 Episode 3 (Ken Block’s Airfield Rally Run).


Studio albums

Title Details Chart positions Certifications
L'incroyable Vérité
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
 –  –  –
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
123  –  –
  • Released: 25 February 2008
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
33 68 43
My God Is Blue
  • Released: 23 April 2012
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
17 31  –
  • Released: 14 October 2013
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
52 69  –
  • Released: 17 July 2014
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
53 54  –
  • Released: 24 April 2020
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
 –  –  –


Title Details
Narco (Original Motion Picture Score)
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Steak (Music from the Motion Picture)
  • Released: 18 June 2007
  • Label: Ed Banger Records, Because Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Marie et les naufragés (Original Motion Picture Score)
  • Released: 8 April 2016
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
A Girl is a Gun (Music from the Original Series)
  • Released: 13 October 2017
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Details
  • Released: 20 January 2006
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Peaked in FRANCE: #192
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Record Makers
Sexuality Remix
  • Released: 9 April 2010
  • Label: Record Makers
Love Songs
  • Released: 29 April 2011
  • Label: Record Makers

Other contributions

Title Details Notes
Dita Von Teese
  • Released: 16 February 2018
  • Label: Record Makers
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Written and composed by Tellier


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"La Ritournelle" 2005 167  –  –  –  – 66 Politics
"Broadway" 2006  –  –  –  –  –  –
"Divine" 2008  – 15 39  – 4 106 Sexuality
"Roche" 2009  –  –  –  –  –  –
"Kilometer"  – 64  –  –  –  –
"Fingers of Steel" 89  –  –  –  –  –
"L'amour et la violence"  –  –  – 97  –  –
"Cochon ville" 2012 69 78  –  –  –  – My God Is Blue
"In The Crew of Tea Time"
2013  –  –  –  –  –  – Non-album single
"L'amour naissant" 154  –  –  –  –  – Confection
"Aller vers le soleil" 2014  –  –  –  –  –  – L'Aventura
"Ricky l'adolescent"  –  –  –  –  –  –
"A Ballet" 2020  –  –  –  –  –  – Domesticated

Guest appearances

Title Year Artist Album
"A Mountain for President"
2007 Principles of Geometry Lazare
"Gisele" 2016 Jean-Michel Jarre Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise
"When You Die" 2018 MGMT Little Dark Age
2019 Christophe Christophe Etc.
2020 Salvatore Ganacci Boycycle EP
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