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Justice. Only God Knows

 

You know when you like something so much that you want to draw it? But not because you’re a fan, but because of the way it makes you feel? A reminder for you to salute the alien in you, have a drink or two and toast for you simply doing you. That’s a simple moment of Justice.

Liberating.

A bit of rock, a bit of pop, a bit of disco, a bit of unlike anything you have seen before. I mean, you have seen jeans, leather jackets, prints, cool hair, blacks and colors and you have heard techno before. It all seems so simple. But you also know that it only seems simple on the outside when, in fact, it’s super complex, studied and honest on the inside.

Clean and fun.

And when the inside meets the outside in every way – through attitude, music, clothes, soul, beliefs, mind, eyes, art, smile, body moves – style comes along and starts to dance to its own music. This is Justice, the French duo that is out and about for fifteen years and they like the stuff they make.

Back at parties 10 years ago – when I was dancing like there was no tomorrow on this particular tune with friends I used to hang out with especially when off again with my then boyfriend – little did I know that I would be, yet ten years later here, writing about the band whose concert this summer those friends were also there for. Post having gone to their show at Summer Well Festival and, obviously, danced like there was no tomorrow. When We are your friends began, I thought to myself Wow, these are the guys I used to enjoy so much back in the days. It was also the song that made them find their place into the musical landscape, as Xavier had said.

Once cool, always cool and I guess dreams do come true.

They have this thing. This curious thing. It must come from deep within them for it to, afterwards, be released into the crowd. At their concert, at some point I danced and I danced. All of a sudden, I just stood and watched the show, listened to their thing; it is a thing there! I was so good with just standing, watching, listening. But then all of a sudden again, found myself yet again with my hands in the air, dancing like it had just begun, smiling, winking at the friends I was with and we were all dancing. All over again.

💥💥 The energy it creates! 💥💥

So simple, so nice. Then you stop again and watch. Lose yourself; this is the thing they put you into.

Bliss.

An interviewer put it like this: When we listen to the album [Woman], we feel like we’re following a man, alone, on his way to a party, but then he leaves alone. But the guy experiences a lot of emotions. Getting enthusiastic… And there’s this song called Alakazam… It’s like this moment when you’re alone and your head is spinning, you’re wondering if you should stay or leave, if you should stay or leave, you finally choose to stay, but nothing really happens. Xavier then adds: And everything turns into a nightmare, you’ve drunk too much alcohol, but in the end, you’re feeling better. You see a girl and think maybe it’s gonna work out and in your last attempt, you fail and you go back home alone. That’s the idea.

They had both studied graphic design due to the fact that, at the time, they’d had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives and there had not been a lot of very exciting things offered during the school years. You don’t need to know how to draw to do graphics, but if you have a little taste and you know where you’re going, you can get your own way, you can make illusion, as Gaspar puts it.

With Justice, sometimes do you feel that you are making illusion?, the interviewer asks.

Xavier answers: In fact it’s not so much the problem of making illusion or not. We especially managed to find a domain which works for us, because it’s more a question of sensitivity and work than really pure technique.

Gaspar adds: In fact, we did this without any other ambition than just to do something with friends.

When you do electronic music, you don’t have to necessarily have electronic background or exclusive electronic inspiration at all times from it. Inspiration may come from whatever, whoever, wherever and whenever. Rock and pop included. Just like with everything, in fact. And then, when you make electronic music, for instance, the music becomes the place for you to mix the dreams and ideas in your head. And then something really original comes out. Outside the box, that is.

Passion.

It’s the intimate lifestyle while creating – without even realising – the style. A style so simple that looks like one everyone could copy, yet no one can. It comes from their inspiration, their soul, their mind. The style becomes unique and the good news is that everyone is unique.

7 billion styles. 

We make simple music that delivers simple emotions, is what the French duo says.

Light.

Justice is a French electronic dance music duo consisting of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé.

When in one word, Gaspard was asked to describe his music, he said romantic (with a French accent, of course).

When Gaspard was asked who his hero was, he said Xavier.

When Xavier was asked who his hero was, he said Gaspard.

Their chemistry is just as romantic. It seems like with every interview, they have this vibe that feels like just being next to each other is enough and they have everything. It’s simple, fun and cool; precisely the reason behind the love they express on and off the stage. And in music. It’s like an honest game kids play.

Romantic af.

And that hair!

PS: May it be a coincidence myself getting a red bomber jacket this last spring to wear in the upcoming fall? Only in time for me to be writing this in summer?

Only God knows.

 

A Cross The Universe is the culmination of Justice’s 18 month world tour. It includes an audio CD of their phenomenal live set including the anthems D.A.N.C.E , We Are Your Friends, DVNO and many others,⚡️plus a DVD ⚡️ of the hour long film by Romain Gavras and So Me, documenting the French duo’s US tour.

WOMAN (their latest album).

… Is Amazon’s description of my latest basket with them. Whoohoop!

 

And I Can not wait to go to their concert again!

It Is Always About the "Je ne sais quoi"…

 

Saluuut [səˈlut]! Only say it with the Hellooo tone, you know. “I’ve always wanted to learn French and drink wine before noon”, said Carrie Bradshaw and probably a whole quarter of our planet. Un quart de notre planète. “Et voilà!”, said I while looking at the glass of wine next to me writing this as we speak.

Truth is I have always loved French (je ne sais pourquoi) and adored Paris and Paris, to me, has been all along changing. Ever since before even going there, I was absolutely fascinated by it and – maybe it is the story everyone (who loves Paris) is telling (/selling) or maybe it really is about the quoi  now that I have, I still am. Once you’re there you can see that it is about them both.

The stories and the quoi.

And the fact that there really is a quoi makes it all so fabulous. Because stories are everywhere, quoi isn’t.

This is one of the reasons for “OZ” – being made – “in Paris”. Btw.

OZ? OZ is the universe you make around you, the universe you can be the wizard of. Wink.

Cap ou pas cap? 

Cap!

It is a film called “Jeux d’enfants”. No connection (or connection, ha), but since we are talking about quois and today is Bastille Day, we have to talk about le French.

So there is this movie and I can’t decide who I like more in it. Marion Cotillard, who I love for being Edith Piaf in “La vie en rose” (and for just about anything she is in anything) or Guillaume Canet for being Alex in Last night. You see how “I like” quickly transformed into “I love”? Jees.

About “Jees”. A very good friend of mine once told me while in a store, totally amazed by my adoration for les stripes, “Jees, this is so you!” and I was only trying a breton stripe on and thought that it is so common for everyone not just for me. But he was like “No, it is literally when I see stripes that I instantly think of you, not anyone else. You have an obsession, my friend!” and I guess I do.

Or is it his obsession over me? I am so kidding, my friends.

Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel put the breton stripe (!!!) on the fashion map in 1917 (after it being, firstly, introduced in the French navy in 1858) and the French (well, not only) women wore it like there was no tomorrow. The designer must have liked the stripes a lot, but so do we. So do we.

Newsflash! No, for real. The original breton stripe had 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. Told ya.

If we are to start talking about the French cuisine now, over the wine I have been looking at, we might as well wrap it all up here and forget about everything and just enjoy the moment. Just as authentic (dramatic artistic) French women do. And French men, too. Thanks to Because of their French women. They all forget about anything else and just live.

… According to “How to be Parisian wherever you are“, by Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas and Audrey Diwan who I am quoting from the book now: “Age should never be an excuse to go to bed early”. Or “The Parisienne is in love with the idea of love”, which I am not sure is the wisest approach on love, but it sounds romantic and I totally thumb up for it.

Do you? We should meet.

And talk in French or listen to one that would like to buy a hamburger (below) – but, maaaaan (!), their crêpes au chocolat!(!!!) –

and then look deep into each other eyes’ while laughing. You see what Paris does to people?

The other thing we should be having fireworks for today is Coco having said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

Now I am drinking the wine to that. Not just looking. And if it actually is “before noon” when you read this, then you totally get me and my point.

And crave. I bet.

Santé! 

Bonheur!

Amour!

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