Girls Girls Girls is a creative collective founded by Louise Chen and Piu Piu in 2012. United by the same love for music and dance the girls started their collaboration by organising parties at Social Club in Paris where they had a 2 year residency. Believing in the idea that live music and dance music should all be celebrated under one roof, Piu Piu and Louise invited acts like Sampha, Kelela, Mykki Blanco, Kilo Kish, Eclair Fifi, Moxie, Lil Silva, Jackmaster and many more to share the club-stage with them. Their love for the young, underground up and coming acts brought them to hosting Kelela, Brooke Candy and Kilo Kish’s first parisian shows. As DJs , the duo plays a colourful mix of house, soul, disco, techno and on some occasions even R&B and Hip-Hop – today, you can hear each one’s signature blend on Rinse France, where they both have their own show.
Girls Girls Girls est le collectif créatif de Piu Piu et Louise Chen qui se sont naturellement trouvées une passion commune pour la musique et la fête. Ainsi, les filles ont d’abord travaillé ensemble sur l’élaboration d’une fête Girls Girls Girls au Social Club à Paris. Deux ans plus tard, les filles ont fait des soirées à Londres, Berlin et on invité des artistes comme Sampha, Kelela, Mykki Blanco, Eclair Fifi, Lil Silva, Jackmaster et bien d’autres. Toujours en quête de nouveauté et de fraîcheur, c’est aux soirées Girls Girls Girls qu’elles ont exprimé leur vision pionnière en hostant, notamment, les premiers lives inédits d’artistes tels que Kelela et Brooke Candy. Leur univers riche et coloré, du R&B, au Hip-hop, à la House, UK Garage passant par le Disco et la Soul a séduit les dancefloors et festivals de France et d’Europe, mais aussi des marques de mode comme Nike, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Tory Burch etc. Ayant chacune leur émission de radio sur Rinse France ainsi que leurs projets respectifs, Piu Piu et Louise Chen sont déterminées à réaliser toutes les idées et envies qui leur passent par la tête et vous faire danser jusqu’au matin!
gigs to come
20 octobre 2015
Piu Piu @ Paris, Boiler Room
21 octobre 2015
Louise Chen @ L'Entrée des Artistes
31 octobre 2015
Girls Girls Girls @ Secret Halloween Party!
6 novembre 2015
Girls Girls Girls @ Paris, Social Club
19 novembre 2015
Girls Girls Girls @ Paris, The SubStore
21 novembre 2015
Piu Piu @ Paris, La Machine
29 novembre 2015
Louise @ Paris, La Cigale
4 décembre 2015
Girls Girls Girls @ Les Renconctres des Transmusicales de Rennes
6 décembre 2011
Girls Girls Girls @ Paris, Grande Halle de La Villette
11 décembre 2015
Piu Piu @ Manchester, The Warehouse Project
Piu Piu is about to release a compilation of tracks produced by the French local scene of producers. Bambounou, François X, Coni, French Fries, Romain Poncet and Piu Piu herself have a track on it! To give you a taste of it all, she recently posted another one of her soulful edits. Listen to it below and come catch her and her team play these cities!
Some things are priceless like deejaying at the Standard’s rooftop just in time for sunset. Sitting on the stoop of a brownstone in Fort Greene.Hanging outside with friends all day longGetting some perspective at the Empire State BuildingDean’s rooftop pizza parties Hanging with Nick Hook at his studio. Spending your Sunday dancing to house music at MoMA PS1. Sunbathing in Williamsburg. Staring at the night lights. Pizza party at Roberta’s Dropping in on Jubilee’s Mixpak show at Miss Lily’s Pillow fights with Kilo Kish at a Boiler Room party Stopping by Emile Haynie’s old apartment for a bit of music wisdom.Staying with Loren in Bushwick.Getting pizza in Queens on the way back from a DJ gig with Julio Bashmore and Hyetal.Going to the beach at Rockaways with these two.Ending up at Mike Dean’s house for ASAP Ferg’s Boiler Room.Late night drinks with Santi and Folake at the Bowery Hotel. Eating tacos with your bae. Laughing out loud at Katz’ Deli Walking around Chinatown Drinking Sake really late The City’s finest firemen enjoying ice cream on the street. Running into Woodkid randomly.Walking around all day long in a sleevless shirt and never getting bored of New York. Take me baaaaack!!
Impossible to share any other music today. It was his birthday January 8th, day of the release of his ultimate album ‘Blackstar’. Not only was he a genius musician, in my eyes he was a total artist taking interest in art, fashion, literature… It felt to me like there was so much inside him he needed to express! Anyways, here are a few of his songs. The first ones I ever heard.
This one, I’m pretty sure I heard Nirvana’s cover of it first being a 90’s baby and all.
And then later, I was realllly into Placebo because I was growing up in Luxembourg like Brian Molko and this happened.
This morning, The Pixies had posted this class photo on Twitter. Best way to show you the influence of David Bowie on generations of musicians.
Next Friday January 15th, Miranda July is coming to Paris to promote her latest novel « The First Bad Man » (french version « Le Premier Mechant » – ed. Flammarion). She will be giving a reading at The American Center Mona Bismarck from 7pm-9pm. Tickets available here for 10 bucks.
Miranda July is definitely one of the women we both admire Piu Piu and I! She is the kind of artist to see human poetry everywhere and she masters the art of exposing this same poetry in films. Often with a simple idea, just like in that short movie for Miu Miu where she ACTUALLY developed this new Messenger App aka Somebody App! What a beautiful way to make you re-evaluate IRL human communication! Here’s an insight into how she birthed the idea.
It’s funny because not only does she write brilliant stories, she also acts in the movies she directs. She bares all, shows you her intimate thoughts and softly provokes you to do the same even if it’s uncomfortable, awkward and absurd. That takes some intelligence and some balls!
I remember when « Future » was coming out, she accompanied the promo with another brilliant idea: you could subscribe to receive a short forecast about your Future. I have to admit, I still receive mines, haha.
If you don’t know it yet, Fricote Magazine is a wonderful publication for the discerning urban epicurian aka FOODIES IN CITIES!
I remember when the first issue came out (in 2008 I think) I was absolutely blown away to find out that you could actually make an entire magazine revolving around food that wasn’t just a guide of places to eat. It was a revolution for me because for the first time food was shown and discussed like it was a pop culture topic! The editors were using references that were familiar to me, they were putting Street Foods, Cheap Eats and especially Asian food forward in a way that I’d never seen before. Not only did Fricote give context to food but they also curated the images, photos and art in a youthful, playful and original way. The colours, the tone and the content everything about it was fresh to me. In my opinion this magazine contributed a lot to foodie-culture, it brought it all back to the streets, to young consumers and it helped this whole new wave of bistrot and street-food culture develop into what it is now. I just had to investigate and find out who was making it. I needed to thank them! Luckily, not very long after reading the first issue, I figured out that Julien Pham was behind it all and he turned out to be one of my friend’s older brother. That friend whom I had worked with at Independent record label distributor PIAS was none other than Celine Pham, now a World-renowned Chef! Food must just run in the « Phamily »! Fast forward to 2015, we are now a solid group of food-loving friends. In our tight group you can find Nayla and Yue, Julien and Marine, Celine and Chris (not in the photo) and Piu Piu and I. Yue’s Chinese Chicken feast: glass noodle and dried tofu salad, shiitake mushrooms and spinach orzo risotto and of course FIVE SPICES SALT AND PEPPER FRIED CHICKEN!Nayla’s dreamy buttery apple crumble. I swear to you, I can still smell it, that’s how delicious her crumble was. Celine hard at work, making her signature dish: A reinterpretation of Pho the Vietnamese beef broth with rice noodles that she turns into a pasta dish with beef cheek. Hands down the best thing I’ve had to eat in 2015.SO I’m telling you all this for a reason… Fricote Magazine’s latest issue came out just before Christmas, it’s bilingual so you can practice your French or read it in English. I’ll say no more than: I love this issue, it’s funny and really beautiful. Get your copy from their online shop > http://shop.fricote.fr/
Last December I was sent to Rennes to cover the 37th edition of Les Transmusicales, a music festival that focuses on bringin new up and coming acts to France. It’s a festival I have long admired. Actually 9 years ago I was heading out there for the first time and went back every year until 2011! I discovered artists like The Willowz, Santigold, Kudu, Connan Mockasin and even SALEM (lol they were the WORST act. Also, still laughing at the genre name they generated – « witch-house »). All this meant really was that it was very very special for me to go back as a journalist AND also as a DJ. Yep that’s right, in 2015 Piu Piu and I deejayed in front of 3000 people at Transmusicales de Rennes with our act GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS!!! What a trip. Check out the video to get a glimpse of it all.
I was lucky to travel to Taipei for Christmas, visit family, eat delicious street food and dig some records of course! I brought back a bit of everything so I’ve spent my personal #MusicMonday unpacking all my local finds. Here’s what was in my bag:Found this rare picture disk of John Williams’ legendary soundtrack for Steven Spielberg’s E.T.! As we walked down Yongkang Street we walked pass this man sorting out the entire contents of his home and apparently looking to sell them. Our well-educated eye spotted a stash of records instantly and we found some Taiwanese pressings of Mambo, Cha-Cha, Disco covers.These two are my favourite. Mei Lun Chang’s record contains one song in particular that I was happily surprised to hear when I got home. This one song called « Bu Liao Qing » has seen my entire Chinese family – my Dad, my Aunt, my Uncle, my Grandma, sing the song. It’s our family classic! Here’s how dramatic and beautiful it sounds:
A bit whatever Disco covers but some Chinese tunes. We found some Japanese pressings of classic records. Even a PROMO COPY of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On!!! A Japanese oddity, erring towards musique concrete and then a real RARITY: the FIRST US PRESSING OF WAR’S HEARTBEAT (1975)!!!
We also bought a ton of techno at Species Records (basically half the store)! They get our full support for the quality electronic music they’re bringing to Taipei! While we were digging they were teaching someone how to DJ vinyl. That’s real passion!
For some reason I’ve been feeling a little cheeky and been re-listening to a lot of rock, garage and punk. I’ve always had a thing for girls’ voices and lo-fi take on rock music. Here’s a few gems I never get bored of:
And my new girl crush, the Spanish ladies of HINDS
And coming to a city near you very soon:
(no we don’t have the same graphic designer, but great minds aye :P)
Back in October, Boiler Room came to town to showcase the up and coming Paris scene. Piu Piu brought the vibes to a high and made everyone freak out on the dancefloor! Check her set below, put the volume up and let your hips do the rest!