The French Touch: Electronic Music Made in France

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,

The French Touch: Electronic Music Made in France is a new blog dedicated to highlighting the best in French electronic music. From house to techno, we’ll be featuring the hottest tracks and producers coming out of France.

Daft Punk

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo that was formed in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement and had success with their debut album, Homework (1997).

The helmets

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. The duo is famous for their creative use of costumes, particularly their iconic robot helmets.

While the helmets are now synonymous with Daft Punk, they were not always part of the duo’s image. In their early days, Bangalter and de Homem-Christo wore regular clothes and did not have any sort of stage persona.

It was only after the release of their debut album, Homework, that the duo began to experiment with costumes. For the album’s cover art, they wore black sweaters with their faces hidden by sunglasses and masks. They also donned these same outfits in the music video for “Da Funk.”

The helmets made their first appearance in the video for “Around the World” and have been a staple of Daft Punk’s image ever since. While the helmets may seem like a simple gimmick, they actually serve a very important purpose for the duo. Bangalter has said that the helmets allow them to maintain their anonymity and avoid being recognized in public.

The helmets also play into Daft Punk’s robot theme. By wearing them, Bangalter and de Homem-Christo are able to create a more immersive experience for their fans by making it seem like they are truly robots.

The sound

Daft Punk’s sound is a mix of several different genres. They are heavily influenced by 1970s and 1980s disco, funk and rock music. They also have a strong influence from electronic music made in France during the 1980s.[2] In interviews, Daft Punk have stated that they were inspired by artists such as The Beach Boys and The Beatles.[3] Additionally, they have also cited enjoyments of German krautrock bands such as Kraftwerk and Neu![4]


The group Justice, made up of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, is the most well-known example of the “French touch” in electronic music. Justice’s musical style is a mix of disco, rock, and electro, with a heavy emphasis on the use of synthesizers and drum machines. The French touch is characterized by a focus on melody and atmosphere, as well as a rejection of the hardcore dance music aesthetic.

The look

The look of Justice is very important to the group. They want to be seen as a credible band, not a novelty act. So they dress in all black, with black sunglasses. stage outfits that are part inspired by French new wave cinema, and visuals that are a mix of ’90s rave culture and highbrow art.

The sound

France has always been at the forefront of electronic music, with artists like Daft Punk, Air, and Justice leading the way. The French sound is often characterized by heavy use of synthesizers and drum machines, with a focus on melody and catchy hooks.French electronic music has its roots in the disco and post-disco scenes of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but it came into its own in the 1990s with the rise of house and techno. In the 2000s, French producers began to experiment with new sounds and styles, resulting in a unique and distinctive sound that has come to be known as “the French touch.”

Justice is one of the most well-known French electronic music groups, formed in 2003 by Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay. The duo is known for their catchy melodies, heavy synthesizer use, and unusual samples. They have released three albums: † (2007), ‡ (2011), and Woman (2016).

Daft Punk is another hugely successful French electronic music group, formed in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Daft Punk is known for their innovative production techniques, use of vocoder vocals, and visual style. They have released four albums: Homework (1997), Discovery (2001), Human After All (2005), and Random Access Memories (2013).


M83 is a French electronic music band formed in Antibes in 2001. The band’s primary member is Anthony Gonzalez, who writes, records, and produces the band’s music. The band’s style has been described as taking influence from shoegaze, dream pop, and ambient music. They have released eight studio albums and two soundtrack albums.

The sound

M83 is the musical project of French musician Anthony Gonzalez. Formed in 2001 in Antibes, France, the band was initially a duo also featuring Nicolas Fromageau. The first album released under the M83 name, “Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts”, was instrumental and featured found sounds Gonzalez had been collecting for years. After relocating to Paris, Gonzalez added three new members to the line-up: Morgan Kibby, Yann Gastic and Loïc Rossetti; and released his second album with M83, “Before the Dawn Heals Us”, in 2005.

Gonzalez has cited several influences on his music, including My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Cocteau Twins. Other notable influences include shoegaze bands such as Ride and Lush. More recent influences include Boards of Canada, Crystal Castles and Tame Impala.

The movie soundtracks

M83 is a French electronic music band formed in Antibes in 2001 by Nicolas Fromageau and Anthony Gonzalez. The band’s musical style draws from various genres including shoegazing, dream pop, ambient, new wave, and post-rock.

The band’s first album, M83, was released in 2001 to positive reviews. The album was re-released in 2008 with additional tracks. After a temporary break-up in 2003, the band reformed and released its second album Before the Dawn Heals Us in 2005 to positive reviews once again.

The band’s third album Saturdays = Youth was released in 2008 to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. “We Own the Sky” peaked at number 68 on the UK Singles Chart, and “Midnight City” peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming., the band’s sixth studio album, was released in October 2011 and became their most commercially successful album to date, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 in the United States and topping charts in several other countries such as Australia and Canada. The double-disc album included “Midnight City”, which earned them their first Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Anthony Gonzalez appeared as a featured artist on Zedd’s single “Clarity”, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards; as well as Big Black Delta’s single “Huggin’ & Kissin'”, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart. In 2016, M83 composed an original score for Luc Besson’s film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets; its lead single “StarWaves” reachednumber 55 onBillboard ‘s Adult Alternative Songs chart.”

The French Touch

France has always had a strong influence on the electronic music scene. In the late 80s and early 90s, the French Touch style of house music emerged and quickly gained popularity worldwide. The French Touch is characterized by its use of sampled French pop music from the 60s and 70s, and its focus on melody and emotion. Today, the French Touch is still going strong, with many famous DJs and producers keeping the style alive.

The sound

During the past two decades, a new generation of French artists has been making waves in the international electronic music scene. While their music is often rooted in classic French house and techno, these artists have developed a distinctive sound that incorporates a variety of genres and influences.

The result is a unique brand of electronic music that is both highly danceable and surprisingly sophisticated. Notable French touch artists include Daft Punk, Justice, and Air. These artists have had a major impact on the sound of electronic music, and their influence can be heard in the work of many other DJs and producers.

If you’re looking for something new and exciting in the world of electronic music, be sure to check out the French touch scene. You’re sure to find something that you’ll love!

The international appeal

France has always had a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to music. From the smooth, sensual sounds of the chanson to the high-energy vibes of house and techno, the country has always had a strong influence on the international music scene. In recent years, French electronic artists have been making waves with their distinctive take on dance music.

The French Touch is marked by its focus on melody and atmosphere, as well as a certain je ne sais quoi that can only be described as… well, French. These artists often incorporate elements of other genres into their music, giving it a unique flavor that has proven to be popular with audiences around the world.

Some of the most famous practitioners of the French Touch include Daft Punk, Justice, and Air. These artists have all achieved international acclaim for their innovative and catchy music. If you’re looking for something a little different from the usual fare, be sure to check out the French Touch!

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