January 28th, 2011
By Ludwig Spiesz, internet aficionado extraordinaire.
“If you are French, younger than 20 and have an internet connection, you probably already know what to make of the spiked hair, skinny pants and electric dance moves pulsing in cyberspace.”
It sounds a bit like Moscow techno trash, but it really is French. Cyril Blanc and Alexandre Barouzdin (a man who wears a glued-on dreadlock Mohawk) had been hosting electro dance parties in Paris under the name Tecktonik for seven years when this new dance style was quite suddenly born.
It originated in the Parisian club complex Métropolis in response to the new psyched up dance tunes from Belgium and further north. It has expanded into a megabrand that includes the energy drink Tecktonik KillerTM and a hair salon in central Paris dedicated to snipping a mullet that says electro mod instead of “I Love Kansas”.
It’s a contorted mix of glowsticking, vogueing, popping and techno, the name purposefully suggesting seismic change. Famous figures in the movement include dancers Jey-Jey, Lili Azian and Karmapa, featured in Mondotek’s music video Alive. If tecktonik hasn’t reached your shores yet, log on to learntecktonik.net and become a part of pop culture history as the dude that did it first. The video tutorial by CanDy, a blonde boy right from the womb of new rave, will make you a very sedulous student.
The coolest proponent of our latest favourite Tecktonik, Julie Budet a.k.a. Yelle, is like a grungy chic lumo lush Lily Allen who swears in French.
Picture credits: Yelle
Her name is a feminised version of the acronym YEL – you enjoy life. Pump up the volume on her song A Cause Des Garçons, and that’s exactly what you’ll do. The video is a slice of Paris cool with extra cream. The urge to bust a move will be irresistible. The new album La Musique is out now and you can watch the title song’s low budget 80’s steez video at yelle.fr.
3. The Paris Techno Parade
Started in 1998 by the events company Technopol, this explosion of house, trance, drum ‘n bass and everything dance is hosted annually in September.
The rhythm of 200 DJ’s attracts between 300 000 and 400 000 revellers.
It’s a fantasia of crazy hair, balloons and cuties blowing soap bubbles.
Picture credits: Technopol
Decorated trucks known as lovemobiles snake through the city to Place de la Bastille, where partygoers bang it with the gilded liberty statue atop the Colonne Juillet in the background.
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