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One played piano, the other played bass, and neither liked electro. It was Pink Floyd, not Justice that used to fill the air at the early high school Los Angeles basement jam sessions of Michael Ullman and Julien Benichou. In the summer leading up to their senior year that would all change – well, not all of it. The basement jam sessions still happened, but the piano and bass were traded for laptops and crossfaders, and Pink Floyd took a back seat to M83, Boys Noize and Sebastian — the two had found their god in the thumping bass lines and twisted synth loops that were the wild world of electronic music. Bastille was formed shortly thereafter, and the two have worshipped their new religion ever since, uttering their prayers by strobe light in pews built between the ridges of dusty Daft Punk records. Less than a year later, however, the duo would travel to different parts of the country for college, Mike to Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Julien to Oberlin College in Ohio. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and while that may be true, one thing’s for certain: it does make for better music. The split has allowed Mike and Julien to explore their personal music tastes on a deeper level, going the route of minimal and synth pop respectively, and making the Bastille duo all the more dynamic. Together, they are building a repertoire that packs a powerful synergy of house, minimal, synth pop and hip-hop to create a sound that is easy to love and even easier to dance to. And they’re still building. Indeed, while they still rock parties, their main focus has shifted to production. Using pirated software and pirated samples, Bastille is cultivating a sonic identity that borrows from many but steals from no one, and they’re taking us along for the ride – viva la revolucion.