M83 is vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer Anthony Gonzalez. The band formed in 2001 in Antibes, France. M83 has released eight albums and three soundtracks. In spring 2001, M83 released their self-titled debut album recorded on an 8-track while Gonzalez was still in college. The release did not attract much attention outside Europe until September 2005, when Mute Records reissued the album worldwide. M83's second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts followed in spring 2003 (and summer 2004 in North America) to widespread critical acclaim. Gonzalez returned to the studio to record the group's third studio album, Before the Dawn Heals Us, which was released in January 2005. In 2006, Anthony began writing and recording a collection of ambient works. The album was recorded primarily at his home studio with the assistance of Antoine Gaillet. The resulting project was called Digital Shades Vol. 1, and was released in September 2007 with a sleeve illustrated by Laurent Fetis. Saturdays = Youth, M83's fifth studio album, was released in April 2008. In 2011, Gonzalez started working on a new batch of songs which became Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, Gonzalez's first double album and something he had dreamed of making ever since hearing The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. On 19 July 2011, the breakthrough single "Midnight City" was released. On 9th April 2013 the soundtrack for the movie Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise, was released by Back Lot Music. The score was co-written with Joseph Trapanese. On November 19, 2013 the You & The Night soundtrack was released. It was composed by Gonzalez for the film written & directed by his brother Yann. On 1 March 2016, M83's seventh studio album Junk was announced along with its lead single, "Do It, Try It". The album was released on 8 April 2016. In 2016 it was announced that Anthony Gonzalez would be the composer and musical director for Cirque du Soleil's touring show, Volta. In 2019 M83 released the Knife+Heart soundtrack, composed for another film written and directed by Yann. Also in 2019, and arriving more than 12 years after its initial instalment, DSVII was released.