Interactive Interview: Yelle on Dancing Animals and Katy Perry


After shrugging off early comparisons that pegged them as France’s answer to M.I.A., Yelle proved far more spritely and hook-oriented on their debut album, 2007’s Pop Up. The trio, fronted by Yelle herself (nee Julie Budet), went on to achieve international success, despite recording songs exclusively in French. This month brings the follow-up to that much-loved first release, Safari Disco Club

. As the frontwoman explains, it’s a more grown-up effort, laced with hints of melancholy amid the tales of dancing animals and late-night glamour.

In our exclusive interactive video interview, Yelle (pronounced “yell”) talks about creating the new album, working with Katy Perry and Robyn, her love for designer Jean Paul Lespagnard, and why she’d like to hit the studio with Damon Albarn and Depeche Mode. Control the interview yourself by selecting the questions; just click any one for an instant response.

For more Yelle, become a fan on Facebook, follow the band on Twitter, buy the new album

, catch them on tour in NYC, SF, LA, and Chicago, and visit the singer’s VYou profile to ask more questions.

Also be sure to check out more artists in the Flavorpill Interactive Interview Series!

Yelle, “Safari Disco Club” / “Que veux-tu” (full-length edit)

Yelle, “La Musique”