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Django Django Tells Two Truths and a Lie

You might have heard about a little band called Django Django. The quartet’s first album was nominated for a Mercury Prize and charted in the UK, and its sophomore LP appeared on, like, every year-end list from 2014. The band’s forthcoming record, Born Under Saturn, is due out May 4 and will be followed by a tour of the UK. They’re capping it off with a single stop in continental Europe: the Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne. So if you want to see them outside the UK, this is your one and only chance for the foreseeable future.

Our competition for free tickets is over and we’re reaching out to the winners, but you still have a chance to grab a bunch of signed vinyl by Young Fathers, Warpaint, Archive and Von Spar by telling us which of these three stories is not true on our Facebook post.

Django Django’s Two Truths and a Lie

Story 1: During recording of Born Under Saturn we contacted a ghost called Jef who played a piano.

While we were drunk in the studio recording our upcoming album, we lit some candles and whipped out a ouija board, which we used to contact a spirit. Just at that moment, the old piano in the back of the room started playing on it’s own. We fled the studio in terror, screaming, “This changes everything!” Only later did we discover the piano had been retrofitted by the studio technician who programmed it to play during our “seance.” Apparently he’d done it before to Ozzy Osbourne.

Story 2: We’re named after Django Reinhardt’s guitar teacher.

Journalists often ask us how we chose a name for our band. Constantly responding to the question got old, so we started making up all sorts of stories just to entertain ourselves. The truth is that we named our band after the guy who taught Django Reinhardt to play guitar. His stammer caused him to repeat Django’s first name.

Story 3:Chris Isaak invited us to build an extension on his condo.

We started talking to Chris Isaak after filming for a French TV show we both appeared on. He’s brilliant, a proper star and really down to earth. He told us about losing both his cool and his favorite watch in the mosh pit at Clash’s first gig in LA. Anyway, when he found out that our guitarist Vinny is an architect he immediately asked whether he’d be available for work on his condo.

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Posted by Electronic Beats on Friday, April 24, 2015

Published April 20, 2015.