Electro-pop legends Yelle are appearing at for this reason Frenchy, for this reason Chic in 2019. Us speak to lead singer Julie Budet about playing through expectations.

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French electro-pop tape Yelle has always stuck it to the guy – well, to one guy in particular. In 2005, Yelle frontwoman Julie Budet took issue with the misogynistic and also demeaning lyrics of well-known French hip-hop team TTC. She decided to take down singer Cuizinier in an extremely public fashion – in a pop song.

Called Je veux car voir (I want to check out you), its sweet sing-song vocal and also bouncy beat belie the acerbic lyrics. The song opens with (translated in English), “Cuizinier, v your little sex surrounding by red curls, i can’t believe you think the you space wanted.” Unsurprisingly, it led to a stir in France.

“It was probably not usual currently to hear those sort of lyrics barisalcity.orging out of a girl’s mouth,” says Budet. “It’s weird, you deserve to listen to super hardcore ingredient from boys, yet it’s still yes, really shocking barisalcity.orge hear the very same things native a girl.”


This double standard no seem to restrain Budet native saying precisely what she wants. “I nothing care, I desire to feel free to say whatever I want, also if the a little shocking,” she says. “I to be 22 or 23 and I was not thinking about the consequences, I simply wanted barisalcity.orge express myself.”

In spite of the bawdy lyrics, Je veux te voir to be Yelle’s biggest hit in France, reaching number four on the charts. Cuizinier never ever responded publicly to the song. “It was kind of barisalcity.orgplex for him to address the girl screaming that at him,” Budet says, wryly.

“We sent out him the song an initial before putting it on MySpace, yet he never replied.”

Je veux dare voir introduced Yelle, then barisalcity.orgprising Budet, her partner Jean-François Perrier aka cool Marnier and producer Tepr (Tanguy Destable, that has due to the fact that left the band). Your debut 2007 album Pop Up and riotous live shows uncovered fans roughly the world.

When the band damaged through, nu-rave music was every the rage – think Simian mobile Disco, the Klaxons and CSS – and Yelle’s perky, highly danceable pop to be both bang top top trend and also a rare situation of French-language songs connecting v English-speaking audiences. After 3 albums and also with a fourth in gestation, Budet says she has no to plan to start singing in English now, in spite of the added success that could barisalcity.orge with that.


“Writing a whole song in English would be really tough for me… you have to speak the language to have the vocabulary barisalcity.orge express precisely what you desire to say,” she says.

Besides, Yelle are currently happy through what they’ve achieved. They’ve toured the US extensively (including 3 appearances in ~ Coachella) and also their remix the Katy Perry’s Hot and Cold captured the fist of high-profile American producer Dr Luke, who co-produced their third album, barisalcity.orgpletement Fou (Totally Crazy) and also released it on his Kemosabe label in 2014. A month later, American popular music star Kesha alleged that Dr Luke had sexually assaulted and also abused she for years.

“I would never ever not trust someone who claimed they to be assaulted, yet it’s always hard to have actually a friend associated in someone choose that,” says Budet. “I remained in shock and also disappointed. I want to permit justice take its course.”

It’s been four years now because Yelle released barisalcity.orgpletement Fou. The wire of singles the band has put out over the previous two years argues that the new album won’t venture too much from the happy fare because that which they space known and loved. In saying this, once they appear at for this reason Frenchy, therefore Chic in January following year, Australia might be treated to another side that the band. “I’m 35 but I feel favor I’m 15, ns don’t want to grow, yet I’m starting to realise I have the right to be an adult too and still have actually this childish point inside me,” says Budet.

“We still desire to make people dance, but we’re most likely going to explore something a little slower and also find a new way of doing music.”

Yelle room performing in ~ So Frenchy for this reason Chic in Adelaide on January 11, Melbourne top top January 13 and also Sydney ~ above January 19. Tickets space on sale now.

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