— Sebastiano Serafini (@SebaOFFICIAL) February 25, 2014
In December, we reported keyboardist and guitarist TAISEI would be leaving Ecthelion by the end of the year, after deliberation and a mutual decision by the band in order to help TAISEI hone his composition skills. TAISEI’s other project, Nancy, dissolved in July of last year.
For a couple of months, Ecthelion continued as a four-tet. Late last month, it was announced that Ecthelion would be inviting a new manipulator to the ranks: none other than (international) model-actor-musician Sebastiano Serafini, who will go by the name Seba while in Ecthelion.
Since 2007, 24-year-old Seba has been involved in a long-running band in his home country of Italy called DNR -Dreams Not Reality-. Since coming to Japan, he’s been previously engaged in a project called Monochrome Hearts, with whom he released two singles last year but who seems to have dissolved since then. In 2011 he stood the stage among established visual acts at Saitama Super Arena‘s V-ROCK FESTIVAL, and in 2012 he performed at stylish wave GENERATION vol.2 at Akasaka BLITZ.
The announcement has been made, but Ecthelion’s website has yet to be updated with new photos of the band including Seba. However, the decision has already been published in print, according to snaps on Seba’s Facebook, so suffice it to say, it’s official. And considering he was just in California for the Oscars, it’s understandable that it’s taking time to get a hold of him for a proper photoshoot.
The following is Seba’s comment on his new membership, from Ecthelion’s OHP:
Seba’s comment [regarding Ecthelion]: For the length of time I’ve been involved in the visual kei industry, I’ve wanted to express myself in the context of a band, beyond just working as a model. I looked around at various bands, and among all of them, Ecthelion was the one that fulfilled my desire for speed, the one that I was drawn to most strongly; my passionate appeals [to them] manifested in reality as, now, I’ve been invited to join. Ecthelion, who expresses a truly unique worldview, who has, using VOCALOID, produced the most modern sound. I would like it if, by my joining the band, we could broaden that worldview even further. I will be joining the band as of the March 25th oneman at Takadanobaba AREA, so please make sure you come see us.
As mentioned, the decision goes into effect as of Ecthelion’s first anniversary oneman at Takadanobaba AREA on March 25th.
Hopefully, Seba’s jet-setting schedule won’t get in the way of his duties as the new manipulator (like a keyboardist-dj) for Ecthelion!
Ecthelion 1st ANNIVERSARY ONE-MAN SHOW The LIFE
March 25th, 2014 (TUE) @ Takadanobaba AREA
Open 18:00 | Start 18:30
Pair tickets (allow for two admissions) ¥3800* (drink fee excluded)
Regular tickets: Advance ¥2500* | Day-of ¥3000*
Pair tickets (A) only available at Ecthelion merchandise booth. Single tickets (B) also available directly through Ecthelion. Other advance tickets available through e-plus (C).
Entry order A>B>C>day-of
*Drink fee excluded