Electro Deluxe are a French modern day funk seven piece who released their new album Home in May. In our recent interview with the band, we discussed great pride, being picky, having a homemade touch, and French responses. If you’re in the mood to get jiggy with it, get familiar with Electro Deluxe and indulge in their answers below:
AMBY: Hey Electro Deluxe, welcome to AMBY. What’s the band been up to lately?
Electro Deluxe: Hello AMBY! Thanks for having us. We’re currently on the road touring in support of our album HOME which was released here in France last fall. The success of the album has translated into a full touring schedule including some great festivals like North Sea this summer and will culminate at the cathedral of French music The Olympia in Paris in October. In a word we’re working hard, looking to stars, but keeping our feet firmly on the ground.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of Electro Deluxe in one word?
Electro Deluxe: Dopey, Sneezy, Sleepy, Dreamy, Bashful, Happy, and Doc.
AMBY: Congrats on the release of your new album Home! What was the experience like recording the new album?
Electro Deluxe: Family business. We’ve been together for years and this is our 4th studio album. That didn’t make it any easier. We are a large family of 7 and 5 at the core. Each of the 5 have equal input to the writing, arranging, recording, and editing. Like any family, there is compromise, ego, diverse tastes, experiences, influences, fighting, but most of all love and trust. It can be a long process, but we take great pride in carrying the family name.
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what’s the significance behind the name Home?
Electro Deluxe: HOME as in homemade. Recorded entirely in our homes or our home away from home studio called Yellow Sub. No one looking over our shoulder and comfortable. There are even embarrassing photos posted on the net of vocal recordings in the kitchen while dressed in only a bathrobe. It also reflects where we are personally. A little more mature, grounded, in serious relationships, or adventuring into parenthood. We’re in a good place. I hope y’all feel it.
AMBY: Which songs off the record are your personal favourites?
Electro Deluxe: Now you’re looking for trouble! Remember, this is a family affair. You would never ask a parent which of their children they prefer. Even if they did have a secret preference. We love all of our babies. We’ll let you tell us which one you prefer.
AMBY: What inspired your funky new track Devil?
Electro Deluxe: It’s a tale of excepting our “dark” side. Not in order to do harm to others, but to express ourselves. It’s ok to let go and to feel good. Real good!
AMBY: Does hailing from France have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?
Electro Deluxe: It definitely makes us more picky than other bands at the dinner table while on tour. We are based in France but we have connections to Belgium, Jamaica, and the United States either by blood, nationality, or musically. The fact that our music has been recorded solely in English allows us to travel the world. Residing and touring predominately in France influences us in the way that anyone’s environment influences them. I do believe that successfully playing our brand of groove in France over the years has made us battle tested. It has allowed us to forge our proper identity. Being foreigners in our own HOME. In fact after our shows fans attempt to speak to us in English.
AMBY: Which other artists from France should our readers check out?
Electro Deluxe: We are fans of, or friends with Gush, Général Electrics, Skip The Use, Gonzalez, & C2C. We love em’ all!
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about Electro Deluxe that nobody knows yet.
Electro Deluxe: Non……Your readers don’t even know us yet so I don’t want to disturb their concentration…. Very French response, eh?
Thank you Electro Deluxe, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout