Suzane burst onto the scene from her home base in the South of France and immediately won over the public with her fast, fiery, and profound presence. Described as “more Mulan than Cinderella,” she sings about her feminine combat in a patriarchal world with an unstoppable energy. A prolific dancer, she received a well-deserved French Grammy award (Victoires De La Musique) for Best Live Performance in 2020.
Talented journalist-turned-musician Gaspard Royant sings in both French and English, with a distinct 60s flavour evident in his music and wardrobe styling. Titled 'The Real Thing' and released in 2022, his fourth and most recent album samples iconic movements from the last century, blending Blue Eyed Soul, 60s Pop, 70s Soft Rock, 90s Electro and 00s Hip-Hop for a sound that depicts his take on the future of soul.
Fresh from performing at France’s summer festival circuit, Kalika’s voice has been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove”. Her sincerity, determination and electric stage presence come from travelling the markets in a caravan as a child with her grandmother, learning how to whip up a crowd. At the age of 17, she finished second on French talent show La Nouvelle Star and started working in Nancy with the MAI (Music Academy International), focusing on current music, before completing her training at a Parisian jazz school. She has also collaborated with iconic French duo Yelle.
Pi Ja Ma
Creative in every sense, Pi Ja Ma, aka Pauline de Tarragon, balances her time between music and illustrating. Known for “gentle exuberance” and a paradox in which she is both a “lone wolf and addicted to love,” her sound is that of French pop with a distinct 60s influence — echoing SFSC’s 2022 project Yè-Yè 2.0, which saw top Australian female artists reinterpreting songs from that era.
YÉ-YÉ 2.0 [live]
So Frenchy So Chic's 2023 lineup will see local musicians Nadéah and Ali Barter return to the stage to perform songs from YÉ-YÉ 2.0, a project by festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux.
In 1960s France, Yé-Yé emerged as a music movement influenced by British & American rock, chanson and other styles to create a fresh, distinctive sound. Launched in late 2021, YÉ-YÉ 2.0 saw Australia's finest female artists putting their own spin on songs from the Yé-Yé in a series of EPs — soon to launch as an album.
Melbourne DJ and radio host Mike Gurrieri’s SFSC set will reflect his broad, superlative taste, spanning from ‘60s jazz and chanson through to ‘70s disco and soul, ‘80s boogie, ‘90s hip-hop and house, plus the latest French dance floor tunes.
In both cities, festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks alongside our star DJs for a special live radio set of French favourites new and old.