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By Casey Smith

Justice and the Art of French Electro

With over a decade of success in the music industry, it is safe to say that the internationally-known French electro duo Justice knows how to hit all the right notes. So if you are one of the few in the world with no clue as to who (or what) Justice is? So time to become familiar with this electro powerhouse.

Brief History of Justice – French Electro powerhouse

The French Grammy-winning electro duo consists of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Michel Andre Auge. They began performing in 2003. Justice’s influences range from indie rock to strong rock. Rarely can a musician create work that makes rockers want to head bang and clubbers want to dance. However, Justice makes it look easy.

Their first notable gig was for Musclorvison’s Hits Up To You album. Their remix for Simian’s track Never Be Alone, shot them to international fame. Never Be Alone won Best Video at the 2006 MTV Europe Awards. But it was also the first time Kanye West stormed a stage to interrupt an award-winner’s speech.

Gaining Traction

At this time, Justice signed to Ed Banger. Pedro Winter was their contact. He assisted Daft Punk’s rise to prominence in the mid-1990s through 2006. Additionally, Justice worked on producing music and creating remixes for very familiar artists. For example, Britney Spears, N.E.R.D and Fatboy Slim. Justice  was competing with famous 2000s artists: acts like Too Many DJs, Erol Alkan and Tiga.

Their first album, Cross got rave reviews from various industry magazines around the world. Being both a critical and financial success, the album sent them touring across the globe. Earned a Best Dance Recording (for D.A.N.C.E. EP) and Best Electronic/Dance Album (for Cross) at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

Most groups would take some time off after such success with their first album. Not Justice – they managed to stay in the spotlight over their break. Between their first and second album, they caused controversy with their “Stress” music video. Gaspard also married a groupie as an homage to Axl Rose, they appeared on Kanye West’s blog for a Lenny Kravitz remix. Most importantly, they won a Grammy for their remix of MGMT’s “Electric Feel.”

Approaching Modernity

They released their second, Audio, Video, Disco in 2011. However, the duo described the album as progressive rock, which took many by surprise. Also showcasing how they have has grown as musicians by experimenting with electric guitars, drum kits and keyboards. Justice was only giving audiences a sample of the talent they will be bringing to bear on their third album, due out in 2015.

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