Les CJ's is a French pop duo from Paris formed by Clara Zlotykamien and Jeanne Villalonga. The friendship-at-first-sight occurred at highschool where they would often escape for a lapse of time to compose or craft covers of their favorite songs. Step by step and thanks to a strong passion for music, their friendship and complicity flourished, along with a steady rise of devoted fans. Seules à Deux's EP on Jamendo is the culmination of a wonderful journey by two natural yet talented Frenchie singers!
- Hi Clara & Jeanne! Welcome to Jamendo, It is a pleasure to have you on our blog. Our readers will be thrilled to hear your artist story! How did the two of you meet and when did you start making music?
We have been making music for seven years together now. We actually first started in September 2008 as tenth grade students. We were both trying to find ourselves and with a little bit of luck we ended up being classmates. We got along really quickly. From then, we used to hang out together all the time! Our school schedule had flexible hours to allow us gathering and spending whole afternoons composing at Starbucks. On December 2008, the entire French educational system went on strike, giving us the chance to do what we truly loved, just sing. This is how our journey basically started.
- You did a bunch of covers on Youtube which were very successful! Did it inspire you to start crafting your own music?
We used to compose long before doing covers on YouTube. We decided to launch both our YouTube channel (LesCJs93) and Facebook page (Les CJ’s) as it was the simplest way to create awareness and generate exposure for our band, through digital channels. To be honest, we genuinely hoped that after having posted our acoustic covers of a few popular songs, people would have the curiosity to go listening our own compositions.
- Your first EP Seules à Deux has been launched thanks to MyMajorCompany, a website that works through a crowd sourcing process. How did your online campaign go? Was it hard to get the resources you needed?
Actually, our first EP « Seules à Deux » has been launched thanks to MyMajorCompany as a lot of people made it possible through a massive fundraising! Initially we talked about our project to our friends and family before they started to spread the word on their own eventually… We were really surprised to see the excitement and to feel the support around this EP! Many people who contributed to its success where not even friends or either close relatives… It was incredible to imagine that they actually believed in what we were aiming to do! Raising the necessary financial resources was difficult… Although our project looked appealing, we were very lucky I guess.
- Our music team really enjoyed every one of your tracks. They are fresh, uplifting and spread very good vibes around! Did you both write the lyrics? Do you have a specific approach when writing a song?
We always write our songs together! We both have something special to add up to the composition. Each of us is as much involved as the other into the creation process! Starting from scratch, drafting crazy ideas, building up from there… This is how the story goes! We believe it is important to let the door opened to any kind of vibes so that we can interact from here until it eventually becomes a song! That’s how usually we come up with something valuable.
- If you had to choose one particular song that means something special to you on your EP, which one would it be?
Seules A Deux will be the chosen one! No doubt about it! As the lyrics mention it “this mystery we live together”, this song reflects perfectly the depth of our friendship. Hence, we decided to name the EP after this song, as it is quite evocative of our story.
- What were you listening to before you started making your own music? Which songs or artists inspired you?
We’ve been asked this question quite often before, and every time it is difficult to answer it! Our tastes in terms of music are really eclectic! We’ve been inspired by multiple artists ranging from Rap music to Classical music. Although, Pop music has also been a true source of inspiration it is hard to pick one musical genre in particular.
- Our readers would love to hear about one of your best live performance stories, a unique moment you experienced on stage!
During high school we found out that the band called ‘Gush’ launched a musical contest, inviting people to cover their songs. We then listened to one of the band’s songs and ended up selecting “P.NIS”! Trust us it was an innocent call! The day after, we sat down in a courtyard nearby our high school and started covering it.
We won the competition, which eventually allowed us to go further and perform live on stage at Le Bataclan! As soon as we knew the result of the contest we literally were over the moon! On the D-day we received a warm welcome by the band that ensured the first half of the show. Although we were scared to death facing 2000 people, we experienced one of the best moments of our musical adventure, while on stage!
- What’s coming next for you? Any projects for the future?
From now on, we have to ensure the promotion of our EP Seules A Deux. It is important that the project goes viral if we want to gain maximum visibility. That is the reason why we decided to allow anyone to download it for free through your digital platform although the entire project is also available on other media (iTunes, Spotify, Deezer etc.) We look forward to playing live before getting started on the creation of a potential album!
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