Outside their university music school’s studied classroom walls, after the textbooks had been closed for the night, a small group of students would come together for late-night electro-dance parties. In the ceremonial musk of their college house basement, the cerebral sounds of Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, and Sun Ra faded into the pulsing beats of Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, and Justice. As their friendships and passion for 4-on-the-floor house beats grew, those parties morphed into the band known today as My Dear Disco.
Their first public performance was during the summer of 2006 in a medieval castle at a film festival in the Czech Republic. When they came back, they decided to give this new project a name, and hence “My Dear Disco” was born. They started playing regionally, hectically fitting shows in the cracks of their class schedules. By the time they hit graduation in April 2008, the band was catching on so quickly that they began touring full-time.
On stage, enigmatic lead singer Michelle Chamuel vocodes, harmonizes, manipulates, and effects her voice with a homemade key-tar, sings in English and French, and belts through a megaphone half her size. Mad scienti...