Manceau previously played in Korea back in 2013 as part of the one-off Jisan World Music Festival, but for Juveniles and Clarens this will be their first time performing here. To get folks prepared for Monday’s gig, all three acts answered a few questions for Korea Gig Guide.
Why are you excited about playing in Seoul as part of The French Miracle Tour?
Jean-Sylvain Le Gouic (Juveniles): Hearing Seoul was added to the tour was fantastic news! Going there with a lot of our friends is going to make for awesome memories. And the guys from Manceau are going to show us around as they’ve been there before.
Clarens: Apart from Manceau, none of us have ever been to Seoul. To be honest, I’ve never been this far from France before. And we’re going to have a few days off in the city, so this is going to be great. Playing abroad is always special as we’re all used to playing in France. So being able to play in another country is wonderful.
Vincent Roux (Manceau): It’s a great opportunity to be part of such an ambitious tour and to play in Asia again. Koreans have always been enthusiastic about our music. So this concert in Seoul is a very special date for us.
How were the bands for the bill selected?
Jean-Sylvain Le Gouic (Juveniles): We’re all friends and we’ve toured together countless times. Ousseynou Cissé aka Clarens plays bass in Juveniles and both bands are signed to my label, Paradis Records. We also all practice in the same space and we all have the same sound guy so we’re pretty close.
Clarens: We’re all friends, we live in the same town, and we’ve know each other for a long time. We share the same manager and he’s wanted us to tour together for a while. I’m glad it’s actually happening!
Vincent Roux (Manceau): We all live in the same city and Rennes is quite a small place. We rehearse at the same place and share gear sometimes. We’re thrilled to be on the road with our friends. It’s going to be an amazing experience.
What can people expect from your performance in Seoul?
Jean-Sylvain Le Gouic (Juveniles): We’ve prepared a whole new show for the French Miracle Tour. It includes new songs from the record we’re working on at the moment, plus a lot of dancey songs.
Clarens: My set is going to be a good time to chill.
Vincent Roux (Manceau): We’ve just finished mixing our next album and we’re going to play a lot of new material in Seoul. We also have new versions of several tracks from “Life Traffic Jam” that we can’t wait to perform. Also, it’s very important for us to meet and talk with our Korean friends after the show. We want to know their feelings about our new songs.
Why should all music fans come to The French Miracle Tour show in Seoul?
Jean-Sylvain Le Gouic (Juveniles): The French Miracle Tour is a good representation of the variety in French pop music. It’s been tailored to make people smile and dance for the whole night!
Clarens: They should come to the show to discover what’s going on in France! There will be R&B, pop, and electronic music … what else do you need ?
Vincent Roux (Manceau): We all play pop music, but our influences are a bit different. We have some Britpop roots and we try to refresh the style, Juveniles plays subtle synth-pop which is both catchy and complex, and Clarens makes fascinating, warm R&B by using cold machines. So if you like modern pop, this concert is definitely the place to be.
The French Miracle Tour takes place on Monday night at Sangsang Madang. The show starts at 7 pm and tickets are 55,000 won. Saram12saram will open the concert. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.