Yelle’s Top 3 Nightlife Destinations

If there’s one thing the members of French dance trio Yelle know, it’s how to get the party started, which is appropriate given that they initially called themselves “Yel,” an acronym for “You Enjoy Life.” Following the success of their 2007 debut album, Pop-Up, Yelle toured the world, infecting international hotspots with an electro-pop sound so catchy that people did, in fact, lose their minds on the dance floor.

After a three-year tour, lead singer Yelle (for whom the band is named), producer GrandMarnier, and drummer and keyboardist Tepr removed themselves from Tokyo clubs and Berlin warehouses to record their second album, Safari Disco Club, in a rural village on the outskirts of Paris. “Dancing is really primitive,” GrandMarnier says. “You don’t create dance music by staring at people in clubs.” But now they’re back and ready to take their latest collection of anthems to the masses, first with Katy Perry on her California Dreams tour and then on the international party circuit that they love most.

In the calm before the storm, we asked Yelle for their top-three nightlife destinations: “The Villa in Berlin [it’s illegal, so there’s no official website] feels like you’re in somebody’s house. There’s a DJ in the kitchen and another in a bedroom, and drinks are cheap. We also had a pretty intense time at Club Soda in Montreal. The night we played there, it was filled with people who wouldn’t quit screaming at the top of their lungs. Finally, La Feria de Chapultepec in Mexico City is an old amusement park that the owners rent out for concerts. We played there to about 3,000 people. It was gorgeous.”

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