This gig happened on Wednesday but I’ve been so busy this is the first chance I’ve been able to put a couple of pictures up. This man is a musical legend in my eyes. I think he was as confused as we all were during this set, but whatever sounds came out of the speakers was genius.
I’ve been to Bush Hall more times than I can remember (I even based my university dissertation on the place), but I don’t think I’ve seen it so beautifully lit up as it was tonight. Such a great show, and the crowd there was loving every minute of it. This was French pop at it’s most fabulous and campest. Check him out!
For people outside of France who may not have heard of you, how did you become such a well known French pop star?
It all happened by coincidence as I got applied to the Nouvelle Star (French Idol) in 2005 and it developed quickly from there.
Did you anticipate the success that came with your debut album?
To be honest – not at all, I was at that time at university, joined the show, did win and boom my life changed and sold almost 1 million copies of the debut album, went on my first tour etc. All came so quickly and by surprise.
How do you feel you have evolved musically since your debut album?
Always changing, I was always more influenced by international music than by french variety, every album I try something new and the next one – who knows. I love to change.
I don’t want to say much about what I saw Woodkid do this evening at the Southbank Centre, just because it was indescribably huge and needs to be experienced in the real. All I can say though is… awe-inspiringly epic and perfect. Probably one of the best gigs I’ve been to, period.
One of my favourite Frenchies is coming to the UK in December for a series of dates around the country. I saw him once in London and it was ridiculously good. He’s also releasing a couple of new remix EP’s- find out more here.
So, I must admit I’m a fan of this French pop star. At a first listen you would think it’s a girl’s vocal, but it isn’t. And that’s what makes Christophe Willem’s voice so extraordinary. His brilliant first album ‘Inventaire’ was released in 2008 sold over 900.000 units in France alone. He’s playing London’s Bush Hall on Wednesday 28th November- be sure to catch him if you can!
It’s been some time since I’ve posted some French disco, so I’m happy to share this EP sampler from JANSKI Beeeats with you. It’s trademark French electro right from the start, which is good. Very good.