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Justice and the Art of French Electro

Justice and the Art of French Electro

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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 who doesn't have the slightest clue as to who (or what) Justice is, it's about time you become familiar with this electro powerhouse.

The French Grammy-winning electro duo consisting of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Michel Andre Auge began performing in 2003. Justice's influences range from indie rock to strong rock (which is also incorporated into the duo's image as a whole). Rarely can a musician create work that makes rockers want to head bang and club kids want to dance, but Justice makes it look easy.

Their first notable gig was for Musclorvison's Hits Up To You album, which was meant to sound as if it was made for a Eurovision song contest. Although Justice only created two tracks for this album, their remix for Simian's track "Never Be Alone," is the single that shot them to international fame shortly after its release. In addition to this, the music video for "Never Be Alone" not only 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.

At this time, Justice signed to Ed Banger, a record label fronted by Pedro Winter (who is known for assisting Daft Punk's rise to prominence in the mid-1990s through 2006.) Justice then worked on producing music and creating remixes for very familiar artists such as Britney Spears, N.E.R.D and Fatboy Slim. In this short time frame, Justice's remixes placed them in the ranks of some of the best international DJs in the 2000s: acts like Too Many DJs, Erol Alkan and Tiga.

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

Although most groups would take some time off after having such success with their first album, Justice managed to stay in the spotlight over their break. Between their first and second album, Justice caused controversy with their "Stress" music video and released a documentary film titled A Cross The Universe, Gaspard married a groupie as an homage to Axl Rose, they appeared on Kanye West's blog for a Lenny Kravitz remix, and they won a Grammy for their remix of MGMT's "Electric Feel."

Their second album, Audio, Video, Disco was released in 2011 to excellent reviews and was heavily used in a 2011 Adidas campaign. The duo described the album as progressive rock, which took many by surprise. 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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