Justice – Electro Music With Punk Attitude

17 09 2008

French duo Justice are one of the hottest electronic-music acts today. They have achieved great success since the release of their debut album last year, which was even nominated for a Grammy-Award for “Best Electronic/Dance Album”. With an impressive live setup and some cool-sounding records, here’s a great opportunity to check out which gear they use…

Justice are Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Either releasing super-catchy pop singles such as “D.A.N.C.E.”; remixing major acts such as Britney Spears, Franz Ferdinand and Daft Punk; or causing widespread controversy (at least back home in France) with their ultra-violent video for “Stress”, Justice have put their mark on the current music scene. Their eclectic sound has managed to attract indie rock and dance music fans alike, and their influences couldn’t be more diverse. They say they are “hardcore fans” of acts such as Sparks, The Beatles, Parliament, Snoop Dogg and Steely Dan, among others.

“We never aimed to do proper dance music. Some of our tracks are being played in clubs by DJs, and that’s great. But we wanted do an album that you could listen to at home – not just a collection of bangers. ” Gaspard told Remix mag.

Unlike many modern DJs, they don’t use MP3s when DJ-ing.

“I think the technical possibilities are wider with CDs than with Serato. You play faster when you don’t have to choose from a million MP3s.” said Xavier.

The act is also vocal about their preference for music software such as GarageBand and Cubase:

“We love the flexibility and the possibilities offered by software. A lot of people say that software is s**** because it doesn’t sound like analog-hardware stuff. I think the fact that it doesn’t sound like analog gear — but something else entirely — is why we like to use it. And with Cubase SX and GarageBand, we mainly used the sound libraries, which are quite amazing.”

Their electro-punk (or “heavy-metal techno” as dubbed by some) sound has gained them fans worldwide and the band has performed on major music festivals across the planet. Their live act is very impressive, consisting of their trademark glowing cross in the middle of the stage, an impressive amount of racks and two mighty walls of Marshall cabs on both sides of the stage.

Justice and their Pioneer CDJ-1000 turntables

Equipment used by Justice in their productions include:

This isn’t Spinal Tap…Justice’s rocking stage gear

Their Live setup includes:

Watch “D.A.N.C.E.” video:


Justice Official Myspace Page

Remix Mag Interview




20 responses

19 09 2008

They have 6 racks full of gear…. for that? That was just awful. Music is getting worse and worse by the decade.

7 10 2008

I would love to see you make better music, Igor.

In the meantime, let us all know where you work so we can show up at your workplace and then write on the internet how you get worse at your job every decade.

29 11 2008

viktor i agree with you whole heartedly, obviously igor has been here for long enough to pass judgement on several decades of music, i think he may feel a little bit down about the whole thing that people are using much more versatile instruments nowadays its no longer just strings and wood, now we got circuitboards(bent or straight), pedals, racks, x-y controllers, and shit loads of l.e.d’s as our own little disco lights. as a producer of electronica i can say that its not easy making this music. it can sometimes take weeks to make a 3 minute track as you wanna add more and take more away, having to delete old tracks or warping them and then effects on top of the basic channels, thats just coming up with the synth that you want, then you need to add drums(whilst controlling the attack decay sustain release and hold of each hit).then you need to figure out the structure aswell as some kind of hook….and its soooo hard to think of words to go with these kind of tracks, lest we forget all the original hardwork that went into researching and buying the equipment, the money spent on that is probably something into the thousands if not tens of thousands.im 19 and i work my arse of to buy things that it takes alot to understand. so igor(busy being dracula’s servant) dont be so judgemental on music. im into jstice in a big way aswell as mitch uffie feadz autokratz simian mobile disco etc etc…aswell as inme reuben biffy and alll the rock, as unintentional as it was justice have managed to connect people from both sides of the pond, for christs sake, my band has a goth drummer who i got into electro and now he makes electro msic aswell as me…so nerr, and WHY SO SERIOUS???

10 11 2009

B-Rad, you’re talking rubbish.Barring the expensive mac,the Justice album was quite low budget.We’re talking REALLY low budget here – an alarm clock as monitors? Garageband?

Ipod speakers?Honestly?

Also, ” YRZ3R0″ – do you actually have any idea how Ableton live works at all? They would undoubtedly have bounced the live edits of tracks down beforehand. I.E each song is only one track, with all effects pre-applied.

I’d bet good money that yes, they did spend a huge amount of time on the album. But the band themselves have said time and again that it’s all ITB.This lark bout locking themselves in a basement is baseless bollocks.
Don’t get me wrong, I bloody love the album! But seriously, try and actually find out if what you’re saying is true before you go off all ranting and shit.

27 12 2008

i believe ed banger en troupe have changed my life.

1 02 2009

Lol that’s so fake. All those stacks of shit are just there to look cool. The whole set is probably on a hard drive in the back and they just twist a few knobs once in a while to look intense.

Don’t get me wrong I like justice but electronic “live” shows are such a farce.

But since the way musicians get paid right now is by doing “live” shows it puts any non-dj electronic producers in a bit of a bind thus forcing them to do these silly live acts.

3 02 2009

I think Justice do owe an apology to the gear-heads though for making something that looks as cool as a huge modular synth and a bunch of marshalls and not actually doing it . I don’t care if Justice is pretending to be playing it or not . It just pisses me off that something that has the potential to be so fucking awesome and badass is fake .

20 03 2009

First of all Chris, they’re not fake, you just aren’t educated to well in electronic music. They would be fake if they were just looping a bunch of random samples that they bought online, but they aren’t. I would like to see you get on stage and replicate their music live. Impossible, unless there is 20 people on stage (smoking meth). Their Grammy Award winning album “Cross” was made from SCRATCH using synthesizers as old and vintage as the Korg MS20. Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay (Justice) locked themselves in a basement with 8 synthesizes, a computer, two beds, a mini fridge, and no internet for four months straight to produce this album. Oh, and when they finally came out four months later to get some fresh air and get laid, they decided they wanted to create one more song. So they went back down to the basement for another entire month to create the song “Waters of Nazareth”. They worked very, very hard to produce this album. I assure you. Now let’s get back to the live shows… Justice, and many other electronic groups, are limited to how much can be played live based on the number of tracks and effects being used in each song, vs there just being the two of them. So they do what is called a “DJ set”, as opposed to the impossible “live set”. Picture it like a giant club, only rather than focusing on dancing and girls, you are focused on the D.J. and the music, making it a concert. Their live performance is merely a time where Justice get’s to relax and spin the s*** they have worked so hard to make. In a way it’s double talent. Not only can they produce this bada** album, but they also have amazing D.J. skills. And people love it. And they always will. Here is a link to a metal forum where you will enjoy yourself a little better: http://www.livingformetal.com/forum/ 😉

7 02 2010

“Cross” is an amazing album, the production is phenomonal. But, YRZ3R0, that giant stack of Marshals and analogue gear is FAKE. They are not playing some monster, analogue, modular set up. They are playing using Ableton Live on a latptop and a MIDI controller like EVERYONE ELSE. An electronic “live set” is COMPLETELY POSSIBLE; one that deals with great amounts of improvisation and control. One that can respond to the crowd, that can subtly alter the patterns, that can mix, mash, mutate all at a whim. Have you ever seen Autechre play live??? Every live set is different. How about Daedelus?? Also every live set is different. I make electronic music and every one of my live sets is different. A “DJ set” is safe and predictable and ultimately boring from any kind of perforxmance perspective. If you knew anything about the vast capabilites of both hardware and software for a “live set” (Nord Modular, MaxMSP, monome, Elektron gear, MPC1000, etc) you would never deem it “impossible”. I love Justice’s music, but have little respect for the FARCE that is their performance.

12 05 2010

Just wanted to correct you on something:
When an electronic music artist/group does a DJ set, it is just that. They are playing other peoples music rather than playing their own original music, just like any other DJ would.

As an electronic music producer myself I take a keen interest in how other people work in the field. I know a certain dance music duo (SMD) quite well and they have toured the world playing their own live sets, working with as few prepared elements (ie pre-recorded loops) as possible. They run their synths, drum machines, sequencers etc live, or as live as feasible, with Ableton keeping it all together for them, so your claim that all such artists just basically play recordings of their tunes at live gigs – although it may happen in some cases – is simply wrong. I’ve also seen The Chemical Brothers play several times, playing differing versions of tunes each time, and clearly playing them live.
It’s a shame that people don’t see a dance act doing much on stage and therefore assume they aren’t actually doing much, when they can in fact be very focused and intense, and working damn hard to keep everything from falling apart. The challenge presented by taking what is essentially studio music out on stage has seen many artists pull out some creative solutions (Daft Punk wrote their own rule book and then tore it up to make their thing work live) and we shouldn’t be taking that away from them by saying they just play the tunes off a HDD or whatever.
Next time you see Justice play go and unplug a synth and see if it makes any difference to the sound.

20 03 2009

OOPS***Grammy NOMINATED album “Cross”…. a huge honor either way…

26 03 2009

I was at the opening show of So Me, Cream & 2 Shy in Brussels at A.L.I.C.E. Gallery! For those of you who don’t know, So Me was the artist behind the D.A.N.C.E. videoclip!! Check out the site for some cool pics http://www.alicebxl.com

Justice even popped by to check it out!

1 06 2009

wow… garageband…. who knew?

30 12 2009

I agree with YRZ3R0 100%, that’s all that needs to be said x

4 11 2010
Cotton Comforter Sets ·

it is actually fun to be on music festivals because i love music so much .

15 09 2011

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19 09 2011
Fun Brain

I will definitely recommend this to my friends

28 05 2012
Sam Sara (@Sam_Sara)

Anyone with any sort of knowledge of electronic music knows this isnt a ”live” set up. its made to make the audience believe something phenomenal is happening, something that they could never achieve, when in reality, they are doing sweet F.A.. and its great, makes things so much easier, you can be completely plastered and it will still rock the shit out of any venue, im going to do the exact same thing, because at the end of the day, its about the audience, the consumer, not a bunch of geeks on a forum crying about how much effort they put in..

I guarantee you almost none of the commercial dance acts are even 50% live, the prodigy, arguably the biggest live electronic act, is basically a multitrack from ableton, with live vocals, usually over the top of existing studio vocal, drums over the top of existing beats, occasional guitar and bass, again on top of the existing sound.

The problem is for these big acts, if it doesnt sound as good, its not worth making it more ‘live’, they need consistancy every time they play its gonna thump, and if they can get away it, then they will. end of story.

13 07 2012

The marshall stacks are fake? OH NO. Let’s start blaming Daft Punk for not really being Egyptian for using the pyramid!

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