Tesla Boy is a Russian synthpop/new wave band created in 2008 by audio producer and musician Anton Sevidov. The band consists of four members; Sevidov, Leo Zatagin, Stas "Pioneerball" Astakhov, and Mike Studnitsyn.
From an early age, Anton Sevidov learned music through his father's old vinyl collection that included Ray Charles, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Blondie. From their beginnings with the release of debut single "Electric Lady" and first LP Modern Thrills in 2010, the sounds of Tesla Boy's global influences are immediate, with their acclaimed follow-up single "Split", produced to a high level with deep catchy melodies and disco undertones.
Band members Leo Zatagin (bass) and Mike Studnitsyn (drums) complete the Tesla Boy lineup, coming together to round out the trio in 2010. A collaborative project at its core, all music and lyrics, stylistic decisions, concepts, and the direction of music and production, are made collectively. At the forefront, Sevidov remains the heart of the band, with his penchant for charming songwriting, complimented by the band's incredible musicality and tantalizing live shows that have created a cult following in cities across the world.
Following the standout success of their sparkling debut, 2012 saw the band return to the studio to work on their highly anticipated second album, The Universe Made of Darkness, due to drop May 21, 2013. March saw the band share the first single, "1991", an infectiously optimistic groove that is an exciting teaser to the finished LP that takes their previous albums' 80's inspired synth sounds to even further heights. Second single "M.C.H.T.E." is a bouncy and percussion heavy track with rhythmic, funky bass lines and synths that flicker across the surface. 'Broken Doll' sees the band team up with London crooner Tyson to create a dark, full-bodied and sensual track. As the chorus of the track would suggest, "Broken Doll" is an invitation to the dance floor, with Tyson's vocals positively electrifying as he asks, "Do you want to dance?"
Anton is the vocalist, keyboardist, and the principal writer of music. He is also in charge of sound production and contributes songwriting. He collects vintage analog synthesizers and uses them during live performances and music production. One of his favourite synthesizers is the Roland JUNO-60, which has been also used by popular new wave acts such as The Cure, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics.
Anton's music career began in his childhood. He was featured on the popular Russian television programme, "Morning Star", and performed as a teenager on the show "Russian Talents". He was awarded with the grand prize at the international music festival "Crystal Note". Later, he worked with Chris Corner from IAMX and Sue Denim of Robots in Disguise for his project Neonavt. During the mid-2000s, he became an in-demand producer, working on tracks by artists such as Brazzavile, Esthetic Education, Bi-2 and Punk TV. Anton also composed music for various fashion shows, theatrical productions, and films. Anton has a partially completed degree in jazz piano from studying with Michael Okun at State Musical College Named After Gnessins (now State Music College of Jazz and Pop).
Leo is a bassist. Joined the band in 2012, moved to Moscow from Rostov-on-Don. Also playing DJ-sets with Ant. /Antonionni feat. Zatagin DJ-set/
Mike is a drummer and provides backing vocals. Joined the band in 2010. Also playing in the Tesla Boy piano bar project.
Stas Astakhov (Pioneerball):
Stas is a guitarist and also provides playing keyboards. Joined the band in 2013. Also making a remixes, known as a Pioneerball.
Bassist. He contributes in writing the music and is the main songwriter. Left the band in 2012.
Poko Cox provides prominent backing vocals and plays guitar for live shows. Left the band in 2012
Drummer. He has a partially completed degree in drums from Gnessin State Musical College (now State Music College of Jazz and Pop). Left the band in 2010