Justice on the Dance Floor

An erstwhile hobby spells success for this Parisian duo

The act's standards are no less rigid in the studio. Whereas many electronic artists write songs as they record them, cutting and pasting sections into new arrangements, adding new layers and playing with new sounds and structures as they go, Justice takes a more organic route — despite its electro-punk aesthetic.

"We write all of our songs with real instruments," de Rosnay says of the duo's process. "All the tracks are written with a piano, guitar, and bass, and then we put them through electronic stuff." Though the two are perfectly capable of playing their instruments, don't hold your breath for an acoustic Justice set. "The main reason we make electronic music is that it's the only way to make a record from beginning to end in my bedroom," he explains. "And that's what we want to do."

The potential of electronics and computers to liberate and democratize the music-making process, putting it in the hands of "anybodies" like Justice, is a large part of what motivates and excites the cheeky outfit. "The equipment we use is the most simple, and is used simply," claims de Rosnay, summing up the Justice approach. "Now, if you're 12 years old and have a pure mind and a computer, you can make a record, and I think it's cool."

Justice wants you to D.A.N.C.E.
Justice wants you to D.A.N.C.E.

Details

Justice spins at the Ultra Music Festival on Friday, March 28, at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets for Friday only are $69.95 and up, and two-day festival passes are $129.95 and up. For more info, visit www.ultramusicfestival.com.

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Of course, Justice is not some tweenager, fiddling with a groove box in his bedroom. Though they are relative newcomers, de Rosnay and Augé make dark club bangers that hold their own next to dance-floor classics by veteran musicians. But that's beside the point for these two young musicians, who simply see themselves as contributing to the world's inventory of music — and using the simplest, most accessible means to do so.

"In the end," says de Rosnay, "the more good music you have, the better."

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