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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Young Fathers Tell Two Truths and a Lie

Tell us which of these stories about Young Fathers isn’t true for a chance to win tickets to the EB Festival in Bratislava.

This Friday, Electronic Beats will descend upon the Slovakian capital for another EB Festival starring Scottish alternative hip-hop unit Young Fathers. Ahead of their show, we asked the trio to indulge us in a round of “two truths and a lie,” and we’re inviting EB readers to wager a bet as to which of the three stories below is pure fiction. If you post a correct guess in the comments section below, you could win one of ten pairs of tickets to the EB Festival in Bratislava on March 6, where Young Fathers will perform alongside Archive and Son Lux. Enter your comment under this post by Wednesday, March 4 at 18h CET.

True or false: The BBC has banned our song “Queen Is Dead.”

We were recording a session for BBC radio that included the track—which, by the way is about many things but NOT Queen Elizabeth II. It’s not that we’re royalists; on the contrary, we could give a flying fuck about the Queen and the flag. But anyway, after we finished recording, the producers came to the studio to speak to our manager. They said they couldn’t broadcast the track “in case the queen actually dies on the day of broadcast.” So, presumably, it would have been OK to sing “John Doe is dead,” but disrespectful to say “Queen.” Or perhaps they thought our powerful voodoo might cause a royal fatality. Either way, “Queen Is Dead” remains banned by the BBC, just in case.

True or false: We threatened to beat up a guy who stole our laptops.
When we played SXSW last year, someone snuck backstage and nicked our gear, including two laptops and an external hard drive that contained all our unreleased material. We reported the theft, but the computers were powered down and offline, so they couldn’t be traced. We gave up hope and trotted off to another party to drown our sorrows, and as we mingled in the crowd Kayus overheard some guy bragging about how he’d jacked a bunch of gear from several venues earlier that day. We confronted him, and apparently having all three of us surround him was sufficiently intimidating, so he ended up returning it all.

True or false: We saw lightning in Cannes that spelled the letters “Y” and “F.”
Last summer, we went to Cannes for a festival appearance. It was a beautiful day. Down the Rue D’Antibes flashy cars with Dubais registration were parked nose to tail, and out in the bay, huge yachts bathed languidly in the sun. We were scheduled to perform in a round hall situated on top of a large concert complex next to the sea. During sound check, we found that the system was a particularly loud one with a tons of sub bass. The sound guy knew that we expected to feel our toes vibrate, so he pumped up the low end. Outside, the sky darkened and a humid sea storm descended. Everyone broke a sweat as the air was sucked into the atmosphere.

Once we finished sound checking, we went outside to the balcony surrounding the concert hall. The sound system emitted a low rumble, or perhaps an echo, of low end. Suddenly, lightning flashed. In the dark blue sky, miles out in the Mediterranean, the lightning spelled the character Y…and then F. It was a message from Thor, tonight belongs to Young Fathers. Or, at least, that’s what we thought at the time.

Electronic Beats’ spring festival season will hit Bratislava, Prague, and Cologne in the next few months.

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