Woodkid

Having just released his intense debut EP entitled, 'Iron', the French video director and musician talks to us about his current obsession with pipes and Lana Del Rey

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Like us, you may have wondered why Yoann Lemoine aka Woodkid's debut music video featuring Agyness Deyn, a soaring Eurasian eagle-owl, huge beating drums and horses looking distressed was so incredibly epic. Well apparently it's because he started his career as an acclaimed video director for the likes of Yelle, Moby, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, and has now taken on making music himself. Having just released his 'Iron' EP on Green United Music, Lemoine's four-track EP (that saw remixes from Mystery Jets and Gucci Vump) paves the way for the French musician and director's debut album is due out early 2012. Here Dazed speak to him about his upcoming work with the likes of Lana Del Rey and his habit of dancing like a Euro fag...

WHAT'S…

...your secret talent?
I think I'm a good cook! I mean I stuff anything with French cheese so it's always kinda tasty in the end.

...your worst vice?
Listening to bad Euro dance songs and dancing like a fag covered in glitter.

…the story behind your name?
It's about a kid that grows up in the woods, kind of. It's also pretty naughty, it's about the rise of sexuality... More details coming soon in the next video!

...the world come to?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbhow1i9FZ0

... your favourite sound?
Right now the voice of Lana Del Rey.

 ...the best thing about where you're from?
Red wine, goats cheese, and tripe sausage!

...are you listening to now?
I'm listening to a lot of military and religious music, obsessed with the pipes and drums from Edinburgh.

...something everyone should hear?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8itzyk-WgP0

...next for you?
My first album, that we are working on with The Shoes and SebastiAn (and more), directing a new video for a new Woodkid single, and a video for the new single by my friend Lana Del Rey.

How would you describe your work?
I would say it's like a puzzle of clues about who I am and what I'm going through these days. It's haunted by the transition to the adult age, the construction of the character, of the identity. It's about the soldier that you have to be as an adult, the protections, the clothes, the lies, the codes, the posture, the darkness that you seek in you to justify your existence. Sounds pretty dark and indigestible but if you stuff it with French cheese it's actually much better.

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