Interview with Gaspard Augé of Justice
French House duo Justice needs no introduction. They’ve been nominated for 14 music awards (taking home the hardware 5 times), remixed superstar artists from across the musical spectrum, spawned a documentary, and have created some of our favorite dance tracks of all time.
After releasing their second album “Audio, Video, Disco” in October of 2011, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have been working tirelessly on a live stage show to support the album. The reviews from overseas indicate we’re in for a treat when Justice descends on Philadelphia to play a sold-out show at the Electric Factory on March 20th.
We wanted to find out a little more about Justice from the men behind the magic so we spoke with Gaspard about the album, the upcoming tour, and what Justice is all about.
Independent Philly: Who came up with the name Justice? Does it hold any special meaning?
Gaspard Augé: We wanted to have a name that was the same in French and English with a universal meaning.
IP: You won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Remixed Song (MGMT’s Electric Feel). As well known remix artists, how much did it mean to you to win this award?
GA: For us it was great to get this little golden gramophone on our fireplace, it s still the most prestigious award in music.
IP: You have done remixes for everyone from Daft Punk, to Britney Spears, Franz Ferdinand, and N.E.R.D. Who is an artist you’ve never worked on remixes for that you’d love to add to your portfolio?
GA: We don’t have anybody in particular, we were just doing remixes to get our name on records of artists we liked at the time.
IP: What is your favorite remix that someone else has done of a Justice song?
GA: We love Jackson and his computer band remix of “D.A.N.C.E.”, along with the Soulwax remix of “Phantom (Part 2)”, the Video Village remix of “ON N ON”, and Rick Rubin’s “ON N ON” remix.
IP: Your music incorporates all kinds of rock, funk, disco, and beyond. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
GA: We don’t have special role models but we like romantic pop music mostly, without any consideration of genre, as long as the melody is touching us. We like emotional music over functional music.
IP: There has been a lot of speculation about the cross symbol that you use. Is it supposed to be religious or does it have an additional meaning?
GA: We say that if Justice was “The Police”, the cross would be Sting and we’d be Stewart Copeland and and Andy Summers.
IP: It’s now been about 6 months since you released “Audio, Video, Disco”, how has the fan response been?
GA: It’s been great, most of the shows are a sold out and people seem to enjoy themselves with blood, sweat, and tears.
IP: What can fans who have never seen you perform live expect from a Justice show?
GA: Love and violence.
IP: Any plans for any new songs in 2012?
GA: We’ll be touring til the end of this year and then maybe work on some new material, but we don’t plan to over the next few months.
IP: What is the craziest thing you’ve seen at one of your live shows?
GA: People with our logo tattooed everywhere.
IP: Tell us something that would surprise, or even shock, our readers…
GA: “Audio, Video, Disco” means “I hear, I See, I Learn” in Latin.
Stay tuned for our coverage of Justice at the Electric Factory on March, 20th. We hope you’ll be joining us at the show.