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Ones To Watch: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

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Ones To Watch: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
If 2009 was the year of the electro girls, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are hoping 2010 will be all about the boys. Over the past six months, the Camden trio have impressed gig-goers with their sparky live shows and won radio support with the irresistible synth-pop of 'Dance The Way I Feel'. Fresh from supporting La Roux on tour ("We outshone her", they claim), and currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, we met up with Joe and Charles - Caan was at his girlfriend's graduation - to find out more.

How would you describe the 'Ou Est' sound?
Joe: "Hmmm... we should go with our usual reply, which is 'really, really, really good!'"
Charles: "How about, 'A cross between Beastie Boys, MJ and Depeche Mode?'"

How did the group get together?
Charles: "We quite often make up some crap answer to this question too!"
Joe: "Me and Charles moved into a house with some other people in Camden. We had a studio and Caan used to come round to MC on some beats. He was big on the grime scene back then, but he's sold out now."

Your debut single, 'Dance The Way I Feel', picked up quite a bit of radio support. Did this surprise you?
Charles: "Yeah, Nick Grimshaw made it his record of the week on Radio 1. He had us in a few times and then Fearne Cotton and some of the other DJs started playing it and the ball kept on rolling."
Joe: "There was a mix-up with release date though, which was disappointing. Maybe after the second single it can have a re-release? It could have done a lot better."

Have you decided on the next single yet?
Joe: "Yeah, it's called 'The Feeling' and it'll be going to radio early next year. It's everything that 'Dance' is, but stepped up a few levels."
Charles: "We couldn't think of a name for the song at first. When we played it to our keyboard player, Alex, he said we should call it 'The Feeling' after the band because... erm... it was the happiest thing he'd ever heard."

You recently supported La Roux on tour. How did that go?
Charles: "Ace! We love big crowds so playing to 3,000 people a night was amazing."
Joe: "We got quite a lot of messages afterwards saying, 'Hey, saw you at La Roux and you were way better!'"
Charles: "She stole some of our moves too - I think she got a bit jealous because we looked like heroes up there."

Elly Jackson's earned a reputation for making controversial comments. How did she come across to you?
Charles: "She was really lovely - totally not what her reputation makes her out to be. If anything, it was members of her team trying to turn her into a bit of a superstar."
Joe: "We were in our van listening to Radio 1 and they played this clip of Tulisa from N-Dubz saying, 'Who is this La Roux bitch?', because she'd apparently slagged off urban music. We texted in saying if they played our song we'd give Tulisa a backstage pass to the La Roux gig and film what happened."

This year has been dominated by female electropoppers. Is it time for the boys?
Charles: "I think 2010 is going to be our year. I think they're going to rename it 'Two Thousand And Ou Est Le Swimming Pool'."
Joe: "I'm more worried that everyone will get bored of this electro stuff."

Have you got a favourite female electropopper?
Joe: "Probably La Roux. I hate Lady GaGa. It's a combination of her and the music. I liked 'Poker Face' at the start, but now I just think it's a bit sh*t."
Charles: "I'm the opposite - I hate myself for liking her songs, but I find myself looking her up on YouTube as a guilty pleasure."
Joe: "Actually, when I say I hate Lady GaGa, I don't really mean that. In fact, I probably actually quite like her. I do hate Little Boots though. We met her in Manchester at a festival and she ignored us completely. After she left, I was like, 'F**k off!', but unfortunately her boyfriend accidently overheard us."
Charles: "He works for NME and every single band at the festival got reviewed except for us. You've got to wonder why..."
Joe: "We definitely called her a tw*t in front of him. Ouch."

Finally, are you looking forward to the prospect of being filthy rich and famous?
Joe: "Hopefully... because we're broke at the moment. When we were on tour with La Roux, we were losing about £400 a night from all the hotels and things like that."
Charles: "We did a party for lots of money recently! It was this girl's birthday party and it was ridiculously swanky. There were endless bottles of champagne and we had six waiters looking after us. Mr. Hudson, Ke$ha and Chipmunk were there too."
Joe: "I never even had a £50 note before then. I could definitely get used to that."

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool release new single 'The Feeling' in February.

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