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Posted January 24th 2012

Vive La France! 2012 on your Doorstep! We meet the legendary JD Beauvallet (Les Inrocks)

Are you ready? Set?

Well Vive La France! 2012 is ready to go on the 26th January 2012!

With days to go to the fourth annual Vive La France! Festival of French Music and Culture, we thought it would be a good time to introduce you to some of the acts set to provide the joie de vivre to 2012′s event.

French Music pioneer JD Beauvallet has been integral to Vive La France! for the last 4 years, and the founding editor of the groundbreaking French Music magazine, Les Inrocks, took the time to speak to us in anticipation of his DJ performance at this year’s festival:

1. What are you most looking forward to about Vive La France in Brighton?

I am really looking forward to seeing Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains again. I saw them twice in France last year and they were astonishing. Expect silly choregraphies, beautiful sounds from Mali and eccentric pop.

2. How does the music scene in France differ to the UK?

It differs less and less thanks to the same access to music & technology. A band like Concrete Knives wouldn’t have been possible twenty year ago, but Daft Punk told every one not to believe the industry, to do what you want and to forget the chip on your shoulder.

3. What’s you favourite French band and your favourite UK band at the moment?

In France, I love new comers such as Granville, Juveniles, Madeon, Owlle or La Femme.
In the UK, I am very keen on new artists Arthur Beatrice, Breton or Alabama Shakes from the US

4. What’s next for Les Inrocks?

A special issue on Manchester, funny to re-listen to tapes of interviews with New Order, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays or WU LYF.

JD the DJ hosts/plays at the Les Inrocks presents… night at The Hope on 26th January 2012 from 8pm, featuring the likes of Polarsets, College and Air Bag One!

For more info on Vive La France! 2012 and tickets for other shows please click here.

Stay tuned for more artists features and interviews in the coming days.