The sassy French electro-pop duo known as Yelle have been working hard — pretty much since their inception in 2005. Their energetic jams have been go-to dance party soundtracks since MySpace hit “Je veux te voir” put them on the map — and Madeon’s remix of “Que veux tu” officially initiated them into the EDM scene in 2011.
“We just do things we love,” says Yelle’s eponymous lead singer, née Julie Budet. “This is the only rule we have. At the end of the day this is what makes Yelle: Spontaneity.”
Since their latest album Complètement fou came out in September 2014, Yelle has toured through Europe and the States, and just before their latest video, for “Ba$$in,” hit YouTube, we briefly caught her for a Lucky 7 interview.
What’s the greatest song of all time?
That’s a tough question. I think it’s “Running up that Hill” by Kate Bush. It’s beautiful, it’s experimental in a way, and she’s an icon, and… I don’t know. I love that song. Probably because it reminds me of a happy moment in my life. I remember being in the car with my parent going to holidays and hearing that song. It’s a peaceful memory for me.
Let’s pretend you’re on death row. What would your last meal be?
I think it would be just bread with butter. Because it’s simple but it’s really good. I could eat that forever.
If you could get away with a crime and not have any consequences what would it be?
I think I’m too shy to be a murderer. But maybe, I don’t know, something involving a car and a pursuit. A car chase.
What was the first song you knew all the words to?
I think maybe it was a song from the Spice Girls or something like that when I was a teenager. Wannabe?
What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
I don’t know. I think I remember telling my parents I was going to sleep at a friends when we were all really going to a party somewhere.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
I’ve been in love with Damon Albarn from Blur since I was 14. He’s still gorgeous. I’m still in love with him.
What was your first car you ever had?
It was a shitty car. A French one. A Peugot. It was so small and so bad. But I loved it. I just sold it two years ago actually.