Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
Recently we’ve met LA-based singer-songwriter Alaina Castillo, Americana-loving wunderkind Sammy Brue, genre-spanning indie artist Havelock, pop’s newest rising star Tate McRae, and now we’re introducing you to Parisian trio Keep Dancing Inc.
With their new LP ‘Embrace’ set to land later this year, the three-piece have shared new indie pop track ‘Long Enough’ this week to get us all excited.
“This song shows a fresh and new facet of Keep Dancing Inc’s sound,” they explain. “We were keen on releasing it on the album, and as a single, because it moved a lot of our friends, even though we didn’t consider spotlighting it initially. When writing this song, we were inspired by our old indie/rock crushes: The Drums, the Strokes and the Smiths. On top of that, we added string machines that reminded us of New Order and The Chameleons. The final words of the chorus, ‘This is the only way for me, to become what I should be’ sum up the general idea behind the song: the longing for self-accomplishment, and the hindrances and fears that stand in the way. Specifically, parental pressure, credentialism, and the angst young people face on the threshold of adulthood.“
We sent them over some questions to find out a little bit more.
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
🛒 : 👨👨👧🌈🤘🤖🍻💃🏼🕺🏼💦
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Gaby: Listening to David Bowie and Moby on Corsica roads while my dad was driving.
Louis: Blue by Eiffel 65 and X gonna give it to ya by DMX with my big brother or the Kinks and the Beatles in the car with my parents.
Joseph: My dad listening to Soul and Deep House pretty much all the time.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
Arcade Fire and New Order for their blend of rock and electronic music, Palma Violets for their raw energy and simple/beautiful melodies and Salut C'est Cool for their amazing shows and aesthetic.
You’re originally from France! What do you think of the music scene there at the moment?
Right now the french music scene is dominated by artists singing or rapping in French and we're kind of getting bored of that.
But still there are a couple of really talented french bands that we absolutely love such as Bad Pelicans, Hoorsees, Rendez Vous, Agar Agar...
Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
Maybe Pregoblin from London. We absolutely love them. Perfect songs, amazing vocals, great live performances. Tell your mates.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, he really has a heavenly voice.
We played with him at a festival in Corsica and tried to have him on our album but it was impossible because of his schedule. Hopefully one day we'll have him singing on one of our songs.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
The release of our 1st LP Embrace this October!
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
Keep up the bond with closed ones, even through hard times, and keep dancing, especially through hard times.