From what I understand, music scenes have always been very splintered in France. But you came out of this Versailles community. Would you say that there’s still a strong local bond there?
Deck: Not really, not that we know of. But yeah, it was quite random, what happened there, [during] that period of time. The funny thing is, we had no idea, because the rest of those people were a bit older than us, so we had no clue there were other bands than us in Versailles.
There’s not a scene and there’s never been a scene. I remember the NME once came to Versailles around that era to make a big thing about “What’s going on in Versailles?” and actually, they realized there was nothing going on because it was totally empty. But you know, it’s also, it’s a cliché and everything, but the suburban environment is super boring, it’s a good creative environment. The boredom leads to finding out your own way. You fought to get out of it, and Versailles is the typical place like this. It’s one of the most conservative places in France, if not the most conservative place. It makes it easier to be cool, basically.
Maybe Reims is now getting to that point.
D: Yeah, actually it’s quite a similar city. It’s quite further out, but a bit aristocratic like this. It’s the champagne headquarters. There’s champagne on draft in bars there.
Christian: That’s true! On draft! When we played there, they all drink champagne instead of beer.
There’s so much good music coming out of there now, too.
D: It’s true, it’s the new electronic scene. Oh, Yuksek is from there.
And the Shoes, Brodinski.
C: Oh, you know everyone! You’ve been to France, you speak French.
Outtake from here.