If you’ve not heard the name of Monsieur Monsieur yet in the electronic music world, you’ll be hearing more about them sooner than you think. The duo of Léo Copet and Geoffrey Bougy hail not from Paris but from Reims, where previously French electro reigned king. That’s not to happen on their watch, as they’ve just made their stamp on the scene with their captivating take on all things sub-sonic, splitting BROMANCE5 with the likes of Jacques Lu Cont. Their debut track, “Arym”, straddles the line between minimalist reproach and party techno in a disciplined yet striking fashion; in a way that surely have them popping on everyone’s radar pretty fast. We spoke with the duo about getting signed to Bromance, how they met, and what’s next for Monsieur Monsieur. Check out the interview post-jump.
URB: How did the two of you meet and become Monsieur Monsieur?
MM: We are both from Reims, France – we have known each other for a long time now! At first, we weren’t really friends, but we both used to go to the only electronic music party in our town called Bonheur Binaire and the Festival Elektricity. After meeting there a couple of times, we decided to work together in the studio. We created the name Monsieur Monsieur a few days before our first gig, which was in the Summer of 2008 for France’s national holiday with our hometown friends Yuksek and Brodinski in a very small pub.
URB: How long have you guys been producing (separately and together) and what do you think each of you bring to the creative process from one another?
We have been producing for seven years separately, and four years together. During the creative process, Geoffrey brings some craziness and Léo brings the rigour and precision. It’s a good way to work. We are very complementary!
MM: We built our mix for Kiss FM as a real DJ set we would play in a club. During our DJ sets, we try to focus on how the track would feel in the club or at a festival. There are a lot of differences between listening to music at home versus in a club setting – the atmosphere of a track is really different. We love to play a big techno track with a good kick with another track at the same time. For example, we play Duke Dumont’s “The Giver” with Hans Bouffmyhre’s “Hurricane.” This combination gives so much more power to the Duke Dumont track. This technique indicates how we’re different from other French contemporaries, I think. We like playing three or four tracks simultaneously – and this guarantees we’re never bored!
URB: How did you link up with Bromance and how has it been working with such a distinguished young label?
MM: We have been friends with Louis (Brodinski) for a long time now. We attended school together and have the same friends in our hometown. We also toured with Myd from Club Cheval few years ago. We met Mike (Gesaffelstein) during his first gig with Brodinski. With the internet and all the changes happening in the music industry, everything is very different. It’s great to work with a distinguished young label where everything happens quickly and you know each person you are working with. It’s not the same for all the major.
URB: Finally, what’s next for Monsieur Monsieur for the rest of this year and beyond?
MM: We spend most of our time right now in the studio working on remixes and new original tracks. We’re hoping to release some new material in early 2013. When we’re not in the studio, we are touring with our Bromance family.