Born and raised in the city of Nice, Pierre-Marie Maulini launched his first post-rock band ‘A Red Season Shade’ with his brother in his early teens. Releasing two successful albums, the pair caught the attention of fellow French musician Anthony Gonzalez (M83), and subsequently, Pierre spent the next two years travelling the world for the “Saturdays = Youth” tour.
In 2012, he signed his debut album under his STAL moniker with Arista/Sony Music. In parallel with his production output on the project, Pierre-Marie started writing bespoke music for commercials, signing the soundtrack for a documentary before going on to win an award for his work on an animated short film. This was followed by a string of high-profile remixes for the likes of Sia, Tinashe and Years and Years, as well as collaborative efforts with London singer VV Brown.
Over the last couple of years, Pierre-Marie found himself back in France from LA and exploring a more techno-oriented production profile in Kasztan, where he champions distinct cinematic qualities whilst staying true to his post-rock roots. Under this progressive new moniker, Kasztan delivered his debut EP “Rare Earth Elements” to high acclaim back in September 2021, continuing the saga with his 2022-released “Celeste” EP.
Pierre-Marie’s Kasztan profile has served as a breath of fresh air to the world of electronica and lowkey techno, intertwining rich textures and grand apex moments with the all-important post-rock sensibilities of his youth. Released in early 2022, his 3-track “Celeste” EP presented a unique sonic experience that proved both progressive and yet familiar. Extending the project’s scope and impact, the French composer now invites two of underground music’s most creative voices, Lawrence Hart and Love Over Entropy, to rework cuts “Through The Skies” and “I Can’t”.
Delivering his take on “Through The Skies”, South London producer Lawrence Hart celebrates the original’s pensive and enveloping nature, bringing its soft piano riff to the forefront by introducing harmonious vocal injections. Gravitating to Kasztan’s subtle break-beat influences, Hart magnifies his crisp percussive elements whilst maintaining the driving yet meditative tempo of his counterpart. Employing a heady rave synth to carry out the lead guitar’s duties, Hart has created a club-ready rework that honours Kasztan’s ideas and execution; amplifying and tailoring the track’s identity to resonate with a dance-leaning audience.