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Zazie

About:

18 April 1964

Zazie is currently one of the most famous popstars in France. Zazie was born as Isabelle Marie Anne de Truchis de Varennes on 18 April 1964 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Zazie's father, an actual baron, was an architect and her mother, a music teacher. She grew up listening to Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens Barbara and classical music. She learned to play the piano, violin and guitar. She followed several studies, but quit her studies to become a professional model.

Zazie is singer, songwriter and (co-)producer. She also writes for other artists like Jane Birkin ("C'est comme ça", 1999). Her songs range from upbeat rock or pop songs to languid down tempo tunes and are characterised by the wit of their lyrics based on puns, alliterations, homophonies and double entendres. She is noted for her playful use of language, which has led to the coining of the French word zazisme, or "Zazie-ism".

Zazie debuted in 1992 with the album "Je, tu, ils" and the single "Sucré salé". It sold 80,000 copies and was awarded the "La Victoire de la Musique" in 1993. In 1995, she released her second album "Zen", which was co-written and co-produced with Vincent-Marie Bouvot. This album really launched Zazie's career with over 400,000 copies sold. The album produced the singles "Zen" and "Homme sweet homme". The next single from the same album, "Un point c'est toi", was discussed on Canada's MuchMusic TV program "Too Much 4 Much" due to its controversial content. Ultimately, the discussion panel deemed the video okay for audiences. In the video, a group of four smitten women, including Zazie, follow a pair of men down to a lake. There, the two men strip off their clothes and swim in the water. Zazie fantasizes about undressing one of the men and kissing him. To shock of the women, however, the two men kiss each other.

In 1997, Zazie released the single "Les Meilleurs Ennemis" together with famous French singer Pacal obispo. Her 1998 album Made in Love was co-produced by Ali Staton, Pierre Jaconelli and herself. The album photos were taken by fashion designer Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The songs "Ça fait mal et ça fait rien", "Tous des anges", and "Tout le monde" were released as singles. This album was followed by a live album, "Made in Live", the next year.

In 2000, Zazie teamed up with Axel Bauer on the single "À ma place". It was her most successful single in France up to date, selling 600,000 copies and reaching number four on the French charts.

Zazie once again addressed gay content on her single "Adam et Yves" from her 2001 album "La Zizanie". This album was produced solely by Pierre Jaconelli. Other singles included "Rue de la paix" and "Danse avec les loops".

In May 2002, Zazie gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Lola. Lola's father is Fabien Cahen, singer and guitar player in the rock group COX.

Her 2004 album "Rodéo" was co-produced with Jean-Pierre Pilot and Philippe Paradis. The video for the single "Excuse-moi" features Zazie playing the role of an Indian woman who leaves her cheating husband. She followed this album up with a live album, "Rodéo Tour" in 2006.

In February 2007, she released her sixth album "Totem". Just like her previous album, it is co-produced with Jean-Pierre Pilot and Philippe Paradis and was followed by a series of concerts, the "Totem Tour". March 2007 a new album of French singer Colagero was released, for which all texts were written by Zazie. For Christophe Willem's new record, released in April, Zazie has written 5 songs. In 2010 she makes a return to the scene with a monster-project called 'Za7ie'. No less then 49 new songs were released spread over the autumn resulting in a box-set with all tracks. The project is a minor succes compared to her previous albums (selling 120.000 copies). In 2013 the rather somber album 'Cyclo' shows a more balanced approach.

On the web:

- Zazie's website: http://zazieonline.artistes.universalmusic.fr/totem_site
- Fansite: http://www.lesitedesanges.free.fr

If you like this, you probably like.. / european counterparts

Alice (Italy)

Miguel Bosé (Spain)

Kayah (Poland)

What do we think:

DB: Zazie gives off a positive vibe. Her music has a certain energy that somehow shines from your speakers. This is also the downside of her early work, that the listener might confuse the positivity for emptyness. Like any other house or poppy dance act at the time. However Zazie works with modern dancebeats but doesn't let them dictate her output. She uses them like a designer around her songs that in essence are french folk songs, but then modernized. You can consider her first three album as experiments in this technique. From Rodeo she got it right and she's been finetuning ever since. Great live artist as well.

PR: Zazie is one hell of an artist! Singer, songwriter and performer she has huild a very succesful career throughout France. Her music is ultimate pop in the most positive meaning of the word. It is contemporary, it is uplifting, it contains a message (sometimes with society critic) and, most importantly, it is well crafted. Zazie is a fantastic French bon bon, one every fan of both commercial and artistic succesful European popmusic should try at least.

Recommended:

♪♪♪ - Je, tu, ils - 1992

♪♪♪♪ - Zen - 1995

♪♪♪ - Made in love - 1998

♪♪♪♪ - La Zizanie - 2001

♪♪♪♪♪ - Rodéo - 2005

♪♪♪♪♪ - Totem - 2007

♪♪♪ - Za7ie - 2010

♪♪♪♪- Cyclo - 2013

♪♪♪ - Encore heureux - 2015

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♪♪♪♪♪= outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


 

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