Artist profile: Christine and The Queens
Christine and The Queens are French musician and chanteuse Héloïse Letissier along with her dance troupe. If you haven’t heard of Christine and The Queens you may be living under a rock – but better late than never. Here’s our artist profile for what has become one of the pop success stories of 2016.
Christine and The Queens: A French female David Bowie?
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here but Christine and The Queens is certainly driven by a similar DNA:
Theatrical pop blending genres, injected with gender-bending lyricism and a healthy dose of alternative haute-couture.
She studied Theatre, training to be a stage director and this background certainly shines through her songs and live performances.
The name Christine and The Queens had been popping up on various music blogs and conversations for a while, where anyone who made the effort to check out any of their early singles on Spotify, iTunes or YouTube became instantly hooked on the sounds and looks of Christine and The Queens.
Inspired by Bjork, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, Christine and the Queens embraces her influences but manages to add her own confidence to add something truly unique.
The songs are dark and broody, sometimes dancey, sometimes melancholic but always laced with Christine’s unique French flavour. Christine and The Queens collaborated on two of her singles with Tunji Ige and Perfume Genius.
All the World’s a stage
On stage, the androgynous French singer dons tailored suits and loafers, a vision of a genderqueer Michael Jackson or David Bowie. Spurning delicate electronic pop songs radiating ideas of non-conformity, fluid identity and sexual awakening.
The two singles Jonathan and Tilted paved the way in 2015 for the release of Christine and The Queens’ debut album, Chaleur Humaine, which was released in June and quickly garnered critical acclaim by both, fans and media.
Nantes via Soho to the World
After years of rolling as a loner, Christine and The Queens describe the stage as her second home:
Anything can happen onstage and it will all seem OK. Everything else in my life is full of anxiety, but on stage it’s fine. -Héloïse Letissier (Christine and The Queens)
Like many awesome things, Christine and the Queens was born out of heartbreak.
Following the breakup of a relationship, Héloïse Letissier, then aged just 22, pummeled into a deep depression while discovering her sexuality all at the same time.
She consequently decided to drop out of theatre college in Nantes, France where she was studying to become a stage director and traveled to London to broaden her horizon and look for inspiration.
In London’s legendary Soho district the singer stumbled over a troupe of dancers at the legendary Madame Jojo’s nightclub. The name Christine and the Queens is almost an ode to the Queens she met who took her out of fragility and into stronger place.
Soho has long been a source of inspiration for creatives; way back in the 1950’s and 60’s and the whole New Romantic scene of the late 70’s and 80’s was born in the Soho’s glamours seedy gutters (sic). And again in the new century, London, and particularly Soho, inspired Christine and The Queens.
Christine and The Queens tickets and live
Vogueing, skipping and delivering notorious dance routines to perfection, Christine and The Queens has been taking European festivals by storm.
Her afternoon appearance at the Latitude Festival was anticipated and greeted with that of a bona-fide headline act. The world is ready for Christine and The Queens.
A UK headline tour was quickly announced following her Latitude appearance and sold out in record time. Christine and The Queens tickets were snapped in record time – not bad for a new act that had just released their debut.
If you were unlucky getting tickets the first time round, why not try Seatwave, Ticketmaster’s official marketplace. Tickets for Christine and The Queens are available right up to the day of the concerts and last we checked you can find tickets for all upcoming UK gigs for Christine and The Queens.
Watch Christine and The Queens official video to Christine (live at the 2015 NRJ Music Awards)