Publicist is the one man band from the producer / performer Sebastian Thomson, Mainly known as a founding member of Trans Am and drummer in Ian Svenonius’ psychedelic punk outfit Weird War.
Thomson does away with rock stylings and goes straight for the disco jugular with this solo project. Born in Argentina, his family had to flee the country’s military dictatorship in the 80s. After finding temporary residence in Brazil, the Netherlands, and France, Thomson lived in London and has recently moved to New York. In studio, Sebastian uses a combination of vintage and modern equipment, and takes cues from acid house, new beat, and detroit techno. Live, he performs as a solo drumming/electronica act, sequencing the synths but not the drums, preferring to play an electronically treated drumkit. This adds an element of sweat, excitement and virtuosity not found in most electronic live performances.