Two young souls for a music which sounds like the 80’s, words which are not really innocent, and synths. The Pirouettes, a.k.a Léo and Vickie, a duo on stage and in real life, play with the codes that inspire them and reveal a joyful sound with no complexes, with no fake poetry, which is frankly crazy. They are really independents: they have their own label, and with the help of their friends, they manage everything: communication, visuals and videos. Don’t make the mistake: it sounds like romantic songs, but “Carrément Carrément”, their first album recently released, talks about life without innocence, between joy and melancholy. This story started at school and doesn’t seem ready to stop. The duo is completely crazy and ready to break through.
The Pirouettes, who are you?
We are The Pirouettes, Léo and Victoria, 22 and 23 years old. We just released an album called “Carrément Carrément”. Léo went into music straightaway, just after baccalaureate. I am still a student at the Arts Déco, for still a year. I study photography and video. For example, I did the sleeves of our EPs and of our album.
How did the group start?
It started when we met. The group really started when we became a couple. It has been 6 years now. The anecdote is that I was in love with Victoria who, at that time, had already a boyfriend. To seduce her, I had to surpass myself, so I wrote her a song. And she came to my place to rehearse this song. Then, little by little, we kept writing pieces and the group was born.
Comment en êtes-vous venu à la musique ?
Léo has always been a musician. He has a group called Coming Soon in which he is the drummer. But I have not. I had never played music. I learned it all very late. In The Pirouettes, I sing and play keyboard.
With my elder brother Ben, the guitarist of Coming Soon. We shared the same room when we were kids and I started like this, hitting crates. Then, I took lessons at the conservatoire.
It is your first album. Are you going to tour?
We gave concerts when the album was released, at the Maroquinerie in Paris but also in the provinces. Now, we are preparing a tour for January, and concerts in festivals this summer. Everything is being set up, so we still don’t have any precise date.
What’s The Pirouettes’s musical universe?
In general, we use a pretty simple description: pop electro in French.
Something positive and joyful.
How does the composition work?
We write more and more together. Then, it depends. In general, we are quite fast for the instrumental part and the lyrics take more time. Though we don’t write complicated words. We try to be fair and sincere.
What does inspire you?
Music, a lot. We are big fans of Michel Berger for example. The second thing which inspires you the most is cinema. We write on a lot of things: daily life, love, but also images, movies.
Indeed, it is really the French variety from the 80’s which is a bit at the origin of the project The Pirouettes. But, apart from that, we like other more modern things, and we listen to rap or to more mainstream things.
Do you have places to recommend?
We are vegetarians. So for us Soya, in the 11th arrondissement, is great. There is also the restaurant Tien Hiang the 10th arrondissement, which is a bit particular since they perfectly imitate and recreate meat. And it’s delicious!
Credits : Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily