Let’s face it. As much as the Dutch, the Belgians, and the Americans try to capture the intensity of French electronic music, they won’t be able to do it. Even if you just hear them for the first time, electronic dance music with a French touch is truly exciting.
Instead of taking you to a vibrant, magical area, their hard-hitting music can also take you into a dark spiral that you can’t help but want to stay in. Now, let’s take a look at the faces behind some of the best electronic music out there.
1. Daft Punk
What would this list be without this DJ duo? You probably grew up knowing some of their classic tracks such as “Digital Love,” “One More Time,” “Technologic,” “Robot Rock,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”, which only became more popular once Kanye West released “Stronger”.
Likewise, Guy-Manuel and Thomas are basically living legends, not only because of their iconic appearance but also because of their innovative and experimental styles that have managed to capture the attention of millions of people around the world. In 2007, they won a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album and their 2014 album entitled “Random Access Memories” won the Grammy for Album of the Year. You could say they knew how to “Get Lucky”.
He is only 22 years old, but he is already making a mark in the electronic music scene. He started to achieve fame thanks to his phenomenal “Pop Culture” YouTube video that also featured a couple of Daft Punk tracks.
His chosen genres range from nu-disco to house and electropop. Some of his most popular tracks include “You’re On,” “The City,” and “Finale.” His debut album, “Adventure,” got positive reviews from critics, with Pitchfork praising the album for its surprising versatility.
If you like Daft Punk, then you will likely adore Gesaffelstein. Just like Daft Punk, he has a prominent image that suits his music style. Moreover, he helped produce Kanye West’s “Yeezus” album. He and Daft Punk both worked on Kanye’s hit banger, “Black Skinhead”.
His debut album named “Aleph” is dark, broody, and has some of the best dark French electronic tracks including “Destinations,” “Hellifornia,” and “Pursuit”.
Now, if you like Daft Punk and Gesaffelstein, there is no way that you won’t like French DJ duo, Justice. Composed of Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, Justice entered the scene with their critically acclaimed debut album, “Cross.” The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album and it was the 15th best album of 2007 as noted by Pitchfork.
By 2011, they released “Audio, Video, Disco” that is somewhat similar to Daft Punk’s award-winning “Random Access Memories”. This year, they will be releasing their third studio album, “Woman,” and everyone is excited for what they have to bring to the scene.
Just like Justice, Cassius is a French DJ duo, composed of Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass. Back in 1988, they made albums for MC Solaar, who is a French hip-hop artist.
If you have listened to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” album, you’ve most likely heard of Cassius’ “I Love You So” that was sampled on “Why I Love You”.
6. Mr. Oizo
This next guy is quite the talented artist. Not only is he a French electronic artist, but he is also a film director. As part of Ed Banger Records, he released the EP called “Transsexual”. In 2014, Mr. Oizo released “The Church”, which is undoubtedly one of his best works, with hard-hitting tracks such as “Ham,” “Mass Doom,” “The Church,” and “Torero”.
7. Bob Sinclar
Bob Sinclar is one of the biggest names in the French electronic music scene. He’s a record producer, a DJ, and he owns the Yellow Productions record label. His most popular hit is the catchy and soothing “Love Generation” that had vocals by Gary Pine.
By 2006, Bob Sinclar received the TMF award for Best Dance International.
8. DJ Snake
You obviously know who this guy is, but not everyone knows that he’s actually a French DJ. He’s one of the few artists who’ve successfully entered the mainstream with hits such as “Turn Down For What” and “Middle”.
DJ Snake has worked with Diplo, Skrillex and Alunageorge. His debut studio album landed at Number 8 on Billboard 200 and he debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums.
Take note of that ‘A’ in his chosen, stylized name. Like Cassius, Mr. Oizo, and Justice, he works under Busy P’s Ed Banger Records. Aside from being an individual electronic musician, SebastiAn has also become a remixer for various artists including Bloc Party, Beastie Boys, Kavinsky, Woodkid, Uffie, and Daft Punk.
Several of his works have been used for video games, TV shows, and films such as “Steak” and “Notre Jour Viendra”.
10. David Guetta
Who doesn’t know David Guetta? Regarded as the grandfather of EDM, David Guetta worked hard to achieve the success he has today, with over 30 million singles and nine million albums sold worldwide.
Some might dislike him because of his pop tracks and how these influenced mainstream society’s look on electronic music, but he also gave everyone in the scene a bigger audience and a larger room to experiment and promote various electronic subgenres.