Oslo producer Coucheron takes pleasure in unexpected delights. Behind every corner on the 23 year old’s impressive debut LP, you’ll find something different from playful synths to slow burning melodies and energetic basslines, it’s better to just let Coucheron guide you through his world, because you never know what you’re going to find. Releasing his debut EP “Playground” in 2015, Coucheron caused a stir with his collaboration with Kehlani. Their track, “Alive” warranted a Grammy nomination for “Best Urban Contemporary Album”, placed #27 on FADER’s 107 best songs of 2015 and earned a nod of approval from Taylor Swift who included the track in her “Songs That Will Make Your Life More Awesome” playlist.
Coucheron has gone on to garner tens of million of streams off a handful of tracks, was selected by Spotify as a “Spotlight Artist” for 2015 and produced and knocked out official remixes for the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, B.o.B, CeeLo Green, Charlie Puth, Nick Jonas, Pitbull and Noonie Bao.
Coucheron made his triumphant return in 2017 with glittering track, “Barely Floating” he enlisted Norwegian artist Matilda on vocals, after an older song of hers popped into his head on the way to the studio one day. “We really hit it off and finished ‘Barely Floating’ over the next couple of weeks.” The track premiered on Billboard who noted that, “it’s like a rollercoaster ride that you want to fall in line for over and over again. The playful and upbeat tone combined with the airy, seductive vocals of Norwegian singer Matilda, carries you effortlessly to the very end.” Barely Floating crept it’s way up to the top of the HypeMachine charts, peaking at #1 on the overall charts and was added to Spotify’s taste making New Music Friday playlist in 14 countries.
He followed with “High By The River Side,” a track that featured fellow Norwegian and it-girl, ARY. The song premiered exclusively on The Line of Best Fit, who noted that it was “the sound of 21st century dance pop; 808s blare across the track, with Coucheron adding an array of speaker-bouncing synths sounds, and adding plenty of drops for good measure”, and has since gone on to generated thousands of streams. A compilation of his singles hit #10 on the NACC Top 30 Electronic Charts as well as garnered heavy radio play, charting on the airwaves in Norway and Germany.
The producer is ready to continue his winning streak with a headlining tour across the States this Fall, playing in major markets like LA and New York -as well as heading to Canada to play Montreal. In conjunction with the upcoming tour, he’s leant his signature sound to Emily Warren, remixing her hit track, “Something To Hold On To” which will hit the blogosphere late this September – the perfect close out for summer.
Sebastian Kornelius Coucheron – Gautier Teigen, otherwise known as Coucheron, spent his childhood in Oslo listening to an eclectic collection of music. “I was always going through stages with music,” explains Sebastian, as he remembers his listening habits changing rapidly, starting off with radio pop, easing into metal and hardcore, and eventually finding himself immersed in kicked back electronic tunes not unlike the ones he makes today. With an unexpected fondness for listening to gypsy jazz in his downtime, you can imagine that each track of Coucheron’s is as different as the one that precedes it.
It was during his punk and metal phase that Sebastian began to get more hands on, playing in bands with his friends, but realized he wanted to be able to work with more aspects of the music – not just the guitar parts. “I found this software called Fruity Loops Studio, and it gave me opportunities to control and program the sounds in brand new ways. I didn’t intend to go towards dance music, it just naturally happened since I was making music on my computer, and was heavily influenced by artists like Justice and other French house acts.”
By the time he was 18, he had ditched the guitars and was releasing electronic music as a solo artist, but decided to retreat. He spent some time on some demos, and started drawing attention from major labels based in Los Angeles, so thought it was time to make the move.
When he first arrived, although not immediately taken by the city’s backdrop, Coucheron’s fondness for collaboration was re -born. “It’s definitely more isolated in Oslo, and it’s not that one of them is better than the other, they are just different. When I left Oslo a few years ago, it felt like there wasn’t much of a culture of collaboration. And then I arrive in LA, where I would collaborate every other day, pitching tracks out to other artists – and that’s just not something that I was doing back home.
”Coucheron would never pick a side -“I like both here and there-the isolation of a tiny studio out in the suburbs of Oslo. And I also love being here, having people all around who are doing the same thing you are,” explains Coucheron who currently shares a house with fellow Norwegians, Lemaitre.