Breakbot is the stage moniker of Thibaut Berland, the French DJ/producer of "Baby I'm Yours" fame. Signed to French label Ed Banger Records, Breakbot is known for combining influences of old-school funk, soul and pop into something that is radio-and dance-floor friendly at the same time. A prolific remixer, he counts Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield and Prince as his major influences. Given the popularity, Breakbot tickets usually sellout fast, so fans should grab them as soon as they can.
Breakbot first emerged on the scene when he remixed "Let There Be Light" by Justice, in 2006. Notably, Xavier De Rosnay, one-half of Justice, was Berland's classmate at art school. The remix was part of Justice's Waters of Nazareth EP, which released in Japan. Several other remix projects followed for such established electronic acts as Digitalism and Royksopp, firmly establishing Breakbot as a dependable remixer in the industry. Breakbot released his debut EP, Happy Rabbit, in 2007.
The French electronic music act went on his first US tour in 2013 to promote his debut album By Your Side.
Breakbot breakthrough song
Between 2007 and 2010, Breakbot worked on several remix projects for established artists, including one for Metronomy. His remix of Metronomy's "A Thing for Me" caught the attention of Ed Banger Records. Consequently, Breakbot made his Ed Banger debut in 2010 with "Baby I'm Yours," an original production that peaked at No. 19 in France. The breakout hit had Irfane - who would eventually become a permanent part of Breakbot - on vocal duties.
Breakbot biggest hits
Fans and critics alike received Breakbot's debut studio album, By Your Side, well. It had quite a few charting hits, including "One Out of Two," "Break of Dawn" and "Fantasy." His 2016 studio effort, Still Waters, had two charting numbers, namely "My Toy" and "Get Lost."
Some of his most popular remixes, other than Justice's "Let There Be Light," are Royskopp's "Happy Up Here," Birdy Nam Nam's "Defiant Order" and "This Song" by Busy P.
Breakbot live experience
Breakbot started off as a solo DJ act who relied on a laptop and a MIDI controller for his live performances. However, his first US tour, and the inclusion of Irfane, saw him transition to a full-touring band. Breakbot reimagines his most popular numbers for a live band, which has rotating musicians on drums and bass. Irfane handles the vocals and keys during a live set, while Breakbot tweaks his MIDI controller and manipulates the sound with a live synthesizer.
An impressive light show accompanies the funky, soulful rhythms of Breakbot, which makes for an entertaining live-music experience.