French-electropop goddess Yelle, aka Julie Budet, along with band members GrandMarnier and Tepr, blew up the scene several years ago with the high-energy, fuck you anthem, “Je Veux Te Voir,” a song that was undoubtedly on many Myspace profiles back then, mine included. It was a post-breakup musical antidote, a modern-day “I Will Survive” but with way more bite and even more sass. Followed by the release of the debut album Pop Up in 2007, many of us became infatuated with Yelle’s talent and outrageous style. Her outfit choices matched her songs: colorful, loud and all-around fun. After seeing Yelle perform at the Echoplex a couple weeks ago and being blown away by her mesmerizing stage presence, I had to get the lowdown on her second album and fly fashion sense.
+ We are all enjoying your new song “La Musique” but can’t wait for more! I know you are working on your new album now. Is there anything you can tell us about it, like the vibe and when we can expect it to be released?
Thanks a lot! The album release is early March 2011, and a new single mid-January. The album is produced by GrandMarnier, Tepr, and Siriusmo, who gave a hand on three songs. More melodies, more deepness but still dance and fun! We are really proud of all the songs and the fact that they are all different from each other – we are from that compilation culture – but the album is still consistent.
+ Who do you dream of collaborating with someday?
Mmm, hard to say. I’d love to do something crazy someday, like with a giant gay men’s chorus featuring 50 cent!
+ Your current musical crush?
In 2010, I had a crush on White Rabbits, and Miike Snow.
+ Your music, style and attitude embody modern day GIRL POWER! Who are some female role models who have inspired you?
I grew up with singers like Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Lio etc.. I spend a lot of time singing in my bedroom in front of mirror trying to dress me with used tights!
+ Do you collect anything?
Not really, I like to find old items in vintage stores… I was collecting stamps when I was 10 but that’s all. I have lots of shoes but I am not in that collecting mood actually.
+ Who designs your amazing outfits?
Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Brian Lichtenberg…
+ And lastly, five things you are currently obsessed with?
* Working on my voice, the new show, my fitness!
* The “Chagrin d’amour” album
* Checking several times if the door is closed, scary…
* We’re back from the US, I have to stop thinking about fries, fried chicken and hamburgers!
* Finding a new pair of shoes!