Live Concert Photography: Yelle at Baby’s All Right 11/10/18
Currently comprised of founding members, namesake Julie “Yelle” Budet (vocals), and Jean-François “GrandMarnier” Perrier (production, percussion), with Tanguy “Tepr” Destable (production, percussion), the acclaimed French electro pop act Yelle can trace their origins to when the act’s founding duo met back in 2000 and the duo quickly became friends; however, they didn’t start working on music together until 2005. Initially, the act’s name was an acronym of the phrase “You Enjoy Life” — “YEL” — but was later feminized to “Yelle,” when they discovered that a Belgian band went by the name YEL.
The French electro pop act quickly received attention across MySpace when they posted a song titled “Short Dick Cuizi,” which later became “Je veux te voir.” Interestingly, the song’s original title refers to Cuizinier of French hip hop act TTC — and was released as a mock diss track. The track eventually charted at #4 in their native France, and as a result, it caught the attention of Source Etc. Records, who signed them. Around the time that Budet and Perrier were about to record their debut, Perrier had met Destable, who was then working as a journalist. And as the story goes, the act needed a touring keyboardist and Destable was roped into joining.
Pop Up, the newly constituted trio’s 2007 full-length debut was released to critical praise from the likes of AllMusic, who called it a “perfect storm of glossy production values, smart songwriting and Budet’s sparkling delivery.” Album single “A cause des garçons” landed at #11 on the French Singles Charts — while album single “Parle a ma main,” a collaboration with Fatal Bazooka landed at number 1 that year.
Since the release of their debut album, the act has received attention internationally — and in non-Francophone countries, despite the fact that their songs are written and sung completely in French. Building upon a growing international profile, Baudet, Perrier and Destable spent a three year period between 2006-2009 touring to support Pop Up — with the band being named as MTV‘s Artist of the Week during the last week of March, 2008. After taking a few months off, the members of Yelle returned to the studio to began work on their sophomore album, and by February 2010 they started their own label Recreation Center, headed by Perrier.
Safari Disco Club, Yelle’s sophomore album was released in March 2011 and the album’s material found the act focusing more on harmonies, melodies and Budet’s vocals. The album received generally positive reviews; in fact, The Independent wrote that the album was “essential for anyone, who appreciates dancefloor-friendly European synth pop.” Adding to their already growing profile. Katy Perry asked the French trio to open for her during her 2011 California Dreams Tour across the UK. Shortly after that, they embarked on a European Union tour and returned for a Stateside tour that fall.
Yelle’s third full-length album, Completement fou was co-produced by Dr. Luke and a team of producers that included Kojak, AC, Billboard Mat, Oliver, Cirkut, Mike and Madmax. Dr. Luke had learned about Yelle through their remix of Katy Perry’s “Hot n Cold.” After catching the act live, he signed the French electro pop trio to his vanity label Kemosabe Records, who released their third album back in 2014. Completement fou was supported by extensive international touring that included their third stop at Coachella, a rare feat for a Francophone act, as well as stops across Europe, North and South America, and China.
Earlier this year, the acclaimed French electro pop act released “OMG!!!,” their first bit of new material in four years. Throughout October and November, Yelle was on a lengthy Stateside tour to support their new single, and it ended with four New York area dates, including a POPSUGAR hosted stop at Baby’s All Right earlier this month. Check out photos from their career spanning live show below.
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