French Band Success Return to India
The electro-rock band to play in four cities, kicking off with wine and music festival SulaFest this weekend; plan to collaborate with Indian musicians
When Rennes-based electro-rock band Success landed in Mumbai for their debut tour in 2014, they realized their vocalist, JamesÂ Eleganz, would get more second glances than the rest of them. Says percussionist-vocalist Jo Daventry, “He really looks like one of the Bollywood actors.”
The band, who started out in 2007, are best known for mixing electronica, rock and pop. Says Daventry, “FromÂ the very beginning of the project, the musicÂ [we aimed for]Â was to try and do aÂ mix between Daft Punk and AC/DC.” TheirÂ second full-lengthÂ albumÂ Love and Hate, which released in May last year, is darker than usual, according to Daventry. He doesn’t shy away from admitting thatÂ Love and HateÂ didn’t do as well as they wanted. They played fewer gigs in France and didn’t sell too many CDs. But what does work to their advantage ”“ something that has put them on stages across the world ”“ is their spirited, full-power live act.Â Daventry adds, “We still haven’t found a way to put on an album what we do on stage.”
Success’s biggest draw is that they sing in English, which is actually the popular language for music that comes from the north-west of France, owing to its proximity to England. While Daventry does say that bands that sing in French will always have more of a widespread reach in the country, they won’t be ones to complain since they have performed in about 30 countries.
After performing at theÂ TransmusicalesÂ in 2007 ”“ which was also one of their first gigs ”“ Success came to the attention of booking agents from Russia and China, and have since expanded their network to perform in Vietnam, Indonesia and Nepal. Through their labelÂ SakifoÂ Records, who were based out of Reunion Island, the band landed a gig at Chennai music/media companyÂ IndiEarth’sÂ annual conference,Â IndiEarthÂ Xchange in 2014. Says Daventry, “We played a good gig and that’s where Naveen [Deshpande, Indian booking and artist/event management firm]Â fromÂ Mixtape saw us the first time and asked us if we’d like to come back again to tour.” The band played in seven cities in India November 2014, including South Asian Bands Festival in Delhi and the Vans New WaveÂ MusicfestÂ in Goa.
This time around, the band will promoteÂ Love and HateÂ and their 2012 albumÂ Social Media JunkiesÂ in five cities, kicking off at wine and music festivalÂ SulaFestÂ in Nashik on February 7th. Following their tour, Daventry says a few members of the band plan to stay back in Mumbai and meet Indian musicians: “We’re looking forward to meet some musiciansÂ to make a few new soundsÂ and the food as well. It’s a bit clichÃ© but that’s what we want to do.”
Success Crazy India Tour 2016
February 7th ”“Â SulaFest, Nashik
February 10th ”“ The Humming Tree, Bengaluru
February 11th ”“ Hard Rock CafÃ©, Gurgaon
February 12th ”“Â Euriska, Pune