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• 2002 ~ 2000
04 ▸ Modjo - No More Tears - 2002 •
03 ▸ Modjo - Chillin' - 2001 •
02 ▸ Modjo - What I Mean - 2001 •
01 ▸ Modjo - Lady (Hear Me Tonight) - 2000 •



(Yann Destagnol [Yann Destal], Romain Tranchart)
[1998-2003], Paris, Île-de-France, France

· Biographie
Modjo was a French house musical duo made up of producer Romain Tranchart and vocalist Yann Destagnol.
They had major success in 2000 with their hit single "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)".
Romain Tranchart first moved with his family to Algeria and Mexico, to finally live in Brazil. There, he started learning the guitar, finding inspiration through jazz classics.
At that time, he became a fan of house music, influenced by DJ SneakIan Pooley, and Daft Punk. He released his first house single as Funk Legacy titled "What You're Gonna Do, Baby" in 1998. Later, he decided to enter the American School of Modern Music in Paris, the French division of the Berklee School of Music.
Also Parisian, Yann learned to play flute and clarinet when he was a small child. As he aged he became deeply influenced by The BeatlesThe Beach BoysDavid Bowie and other pop acts. He started to play drums by emulating them. He also learned to play the piano and the guitar. He later bought himself a four track recording machine and started songwriting and singing. 
After being a drummer and sometimes-vocalist in a few bands, he met Romain in 1998, and the partnership was born. The two quickly began recording, and from those sessions came "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)". The single got recognition later on in 2000. It is a "French-flavour" house track with heavy pop and disco influences, which featured a sample from Chic's "Soup for One". The single was created under guidance and heavy recommendation from Thomas Bangalter, who suggested the sample to Modjo. The track became an instant number-one across Europe, and was followed up by other singles "Chillin'", "What I Mean" and "No More Tears". Their live version of the band was named Modjo Band, which saw the duo being accompanied by guitars, bass and drums.
After "No More Tears", they started their respective solo careers, with Romain Tranchart remixing songs from various artist like Res ("Golden Boys"), Shaggy ("Sexy Lady"), Mylène Farmer ("California") and post producing the likes of Everynote's "Once Upon a Time". Yann Destal's released a Queen-esque album, titled The Great Blue Scar, reaching some success in France.

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