Sergey Stepanov (musician)

Sergey Stepanov
Background information
Also known as Epic Sax Guy, Ultra Sax Guy
Born (1984-09-03) 3 September 1984
Tiraspol, Moldovan SSR, Soviet Union
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Saxophonist, composer
Associated acts SunStroke Project

Sergey Stepanov (Russian: Серге́й И́горевич Степа́нов, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej ˈiɡərʲɪvʲɪt͡ɕ sʲtʲɪˈpanəf], Romanian: Serghei Stepanov (commonly known as Epic Sax Guy or Ultra Sax Guy); born 3 September 1984 in Tiraspol) is a Moldovan musician and composer from Transnistria and a member of the SunStroke Project. He is ethnic Russian.


Stepanov graduated in 2005 from Transnistrian State Arts Institute of Tiraspol. After graduation he served in Transnistria's army, where he met Anton Ragoza. Later they formed Sunstroke band, now known as SunStroke Project.[1][2] Stepanov is dubbed 'Epic Sax Guy' by netizens around the world.

SunStroke Project

As a member of SunStroke Project, Sergey participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, where SunStroke Project finished 22nd. After the contest, Stepanov, thanks to his extravagant look and dancing style, quickly became an Internet meme named "Epic Sax Guy" through a YouTube video with Sergey's instrumental solo performance during the group's Eurovision performance. It instantly went viral and spawned a number of remix videos, including a ten-hour long remixed version.[3]

In 2014, Stepanov's 2010 performance was included in the Eurovision Book of Records, a collection of the most memorable moments in the history of the contest.[4] In 2017, SunStroke Project returned to Eurovision with the song "Hey Mamma", and this time finished 3rd. Many notable publications around the world wrote about the comeback of the "Epic Sax Guy", and on the Internet new videos and remixes with Stepanov's performance appeared, this time known as "Ultra Sax Guy".[5][6][7][8][9] On returning to Moldova, SunStroke Project were awarded the Order of Honour by the President of Moldova Igor Dodon.[10][11][12]

Personal life

Sergey is married to Olga Deleu,[13] and they have a son, Mikhail.[14]



  1. Светлана КОТЕЛЬНИКОВА (2010-12-10). "МЕЧТЫ ИМЕЮТ ОСОБЕННОСТЬ СБЫВАТЬСЯ". Archived from the original on 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  2. "Степанов Сергей" (in Русский). Archived from the original on 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  3. "SunStroke Project, Olia Tira & Epic Sax Guy – вторая волна интернет-феномена" (in Russian). 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  4. "Саксофонист "Sun Stroke Project" попал в Книгу Рекордов "Eurovision" – его видео посмотрели 59 миллионов пользователей!!! (ВИДЕО)". 2014-05-08. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  5. "В сети появилась 10-часовая версия танца Epic Sax Guy из Sunstroke Project" (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  6. @Eurovision (9 May 2017). "Hands up who's practising Sunstroke..." (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-05-12 via Twitter.
  7. ""Epic sax guy" вернулся: 10-минутный танец саксофониста из Sunstroke Project набирает популярность в Сети". Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  8. "The Telegraph: Танец саксофониста из Sunstroke Project стал вирусным" (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  9. "Финал «Евровидения-2017»: Спасибо, Sunstroke Project, за 3 место!". Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  10. "За достойное выступление на "Евровидении" ребята из Sunstroke Project удостоились наград". Archived from the original on 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  11. "Игорь Додон наградил членов группы SunStroke Project Орденами Почета" (in Russian). 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  12. "Музыканты группы SunStroke Project получили Ордена Почета" (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  13. Александра БАТАНОВА (2014-05-29). "Саксофонист из SunStroke Project женится". Комсомольская правда. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  14. "Ребята из SunStroke Project - кто они?". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  15. "За достойное выступление на "Евровидении" ребята из Sunstroke Project удостоились наград". Archived from the original on 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
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