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  • Musique

    Get to know: L.E.J

    By Noelle Faulkner 01 September 2018

    Pronounced ‘Elijay’, this three piece have carved a cult-like following (and literally hundreds of millions of views on YouTube!) with their beautiful covers of pop songs, using only harmonies, percussion and a cello at the front and centre. Performing everything from Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ to ‘Panda’ by Desiigner, this trio somehow make the most overplayed pop hits sound like classical masterpieces. This time, however, they will arrive on our shores with a new album of original songs, making their set delightfully unpredictable.

    Before they arrive in Australia for So Frenchy So Chic, we talked to the trio about France winning the Football World Cup, their favourite music and why playing music was better than baking bread!

    What are your fondest memories of France?
    We have so many good memories! In music there is our first Olympia, which is a great and famous place in Paris. Also, when we made our first two music video in only one day with incredible people, our first festival and the day we won the  ‘Victoires de la Musique’ award for Stage Revelation! And in everyday life I think it’s the day France won the Football World Cup!

    What music did you grow up on and how has that influenced your music today?
    We grew up with classical musical that we’ve learn for almost 15 years, we listened a lot of rap, hip hop, soul, those are influences that we have when we make our own songs.

    What’s on the L.E.J all-time favourite playlist?
    Nekfeu, ‘Galatee’
    Lomepal, ‘Danse’
    Benjamin Clémentine, ‘Condolence’
    Stromae, ‘Papaoutai’
    Eminem, ‘When I’m gone’
    Barbara, ‘L’aigle noir’
    Bashung, ‘La nuit je mens’
    Nina Simone ‘Feeling good’
    Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Sound of silence’

    What made you want to become a musician? What do you love about music?
    We can’t tell what made us doing music, we just know that we were very young, we were feeling good when we were singing or playing music, and we knew that this was what we wanted to do in our lives.

    Can you share something about yourself that people would be surprised to hear?

    Well, the dream of Lucie, besides music, was to be a fireman. Before L.E.J, Juliette was playing with a hip hop and rap group, and were on tour with a great artist named Fakear (a really, really great artist). Elisa wanted to be a baker, but gave up that dream when she learned that it implies to be up at 3.30 AM every day….

    What are you most excited about coming to Australia for?
    To share music at the other side of the world, see awesome landscapes, and see some kangaroos!

    What was the best advice you’ve ever been given?
    Stop thinking that you have something to prove to others.

    Where do you find/what gives you your “joie de vivre”?

    To know that we’re lucky enough to get up every day knowing that we’re doing what we love the most!

     

    L.E.J will be playing So Frenchy So Chic, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney festivals, January 12, 14 and 20, 2018. Book here