Arthur Pochon (aka Art Bleek) started studying piano at age 6. He enrolled in the conservatory at age 9 to study saxophone and music theory. He graduated from the prestigious institution 12 years later. During his years of study, Arthur played in various musical ensembles, ranging from chamber groups to full orchestras. He listened primarily to classical, jazz, world as well as electronic music and started composing original material on a 4-track tape recorder.
In 1996, he left to Boston’s Berklee College Of Music on a full scholarship to attend their summer music program. This trip proved to be a life-changing experience and gave direction to Arthur’s artistic choices. Starting in 1997, he found employment in major Paris recording studios where he developed his knowledge of the recording and mixing processes. At that time he began equipping his home recording studio with audio gear. This allowed him to produce his own music at home, which projects ranging from atonal, experimental work to electronic music, nu-jazz, house, techno. He also scored music for documentaries for television, short films, contemporary plays as well as for advertising.
In 2001, his music drew the attention of several recording labels which released tracks on various compilations under the Art Bleek name. He started actively performing on the Paris club scene as a saxophonist alongside deejays and with various projects. At this time, he also started spinning an eclectic blend of jazz, nu-jazz, broken beats, bossa-nova, world, soul, rare grooves and electronic music records in hip Parisian bars and restaurants. He continues to spin for various events in Paris (Social Club, Batofar), London, Los Angeles and Hollywood (Avalon, Mama Shelter, The Standard, The Roosevelt, Golden Box, King King, Andaz) and New York (Soho House). Art Bleek is a resident DJ at Pour Vous in Los Angeles. Art also works as a project advisor at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood in their Independent Artist Program.
Since 2004, Art Bleek has released 10 albums, as well as several EPs and remixes with various labels, including a collaborative album named Zoowax with Novena Carmel and Charlie Sputnik. In 2015, Art Bleek met Mercy Collazo at the Musicians Institute. They started working on their first album soon after. The duo is called Sool.
Art also composed the original score of several documentaries for French television, as well as two theatre plays. He also produced the score for a short movie presenting Culver City in California, directed by Len Dickter.