One day in 2008, in a falafel restaurant on rue des Rosiers, singers Sylvie Hoarau and Aurélie Maggiori formed Brigitte—a retro-folk duo of self-professed broads who get high on ABBA and gangsta stories.
Recently profiled in French Elle and featured on Virgin Radio, Brigitte is currently making waves on the Paris club circuit with the pair’s sexy brand of hippie sounds and stories of falling apart in the presence of gorgeous guys:
“Si j’avais le coeur dur comme une pierre/ j’embrasserais tous les garçons de la terre/ mais moi j’ai un coeur comme du chewing gum/ tu me goutes et je te colle.” (If I had a heart hard as stone/ I’d kiss all the boys on Earth/ but I’ve a heart like chewing gum/ taste me and I’ll stick to you.)
I caught up with Aurélie, one half of Brigitte and a native parisienne, for a few words on cupcakes and cute guys.
Neither of you is apparently named Brigitte. Why did you choose the name?
Because of Brigitte Bardot, Brigitte Lahaie, Brigitte Femme de Flic, Brigitte my aunt, who cooks so well, Brigitte Fontaine . . . for us Brigitte is every woman.
Tell us a little about your musical influences.
Marilyn Monroe, ABBA, NTM, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas.
Where can we get ahold of your music?
Can you share a few of your Paris secrets—where you like to eat, drink and shop?
Chloé’s: The best cupcakes in the world!!! (Banana spéculoos, coconut Nutella, pistachio chocolat and more and more . . . ) The bar is so beautiful—everything is pink. You feel like you are in a doll’s house. Anna Rivka: Headbands and amazing jewels. The most poetic headbands we’ve ever seen. Smooth in the City: [This smoothie shop] is just between our two apartments; it’s a good healthy stop. Yummy . . .
What is your favorite French saying?
“Ça va, bébé?”
What are the best free things to do in Paris, in your opinion?
Walking around La Seine, kissing my man.
Who are you listening to and reading right now?
Arik Einstein, an old Israeli singer. Elisabeth Badinter (Le Conflit) and Eliette Abécassis (Sépharade).
N.B. Brigitte’s music will soon be available to download from iTunes and all other legal download platforms. Keep your ears open!
40, rue Pigalle, in the 9th Arrondissement.
Smooth in the City
11, rue des Abbesses, in the 18th.
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