Lemaitre has mastered weaving together addictively catchy hooks and bouncy beats into songs you won’t be able to get out of your head. Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund make up the Norwegian-born, LA-based electronic group. Named after the Belgian astronomer known for introducing the Big Bang Theory, Georges Lemaître, the group leaves an impression as intense as their namesake.
Lemaitre recently released the music video for their song “Big.”
The video follows the duo as they drive a taxi and host an eclectic collection of passengers for the night. “We’ve had it wrapped up for a while so it’s been super exciting to see it released,” Ketil Jansen said. “We’re really happy to see it released.” The song came about at a week-long writing/jam session after their last song “Rocket Girl” featuring Betty Who came out. “It’s kind of an absurd video for what we felt was an absurd song,” Ulrik Denizou Lund said. “This song just came about, we just had the hook and the chorus, then we built around that. It had a weird indie-rock vibe with pop-electronica influence that we really liked.” The video’s action happens completely behind Ulrik and Ketil, which is an idea the pair had been sitting on for a while before pairing it with “Big.”
The video, an absolute joy to watch and worth having on repeat, offers only a sample of what Lemaitre will bring to their upcoming headline tour. Kicking off in at the El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles on November 28th, Lemaitre will tour with eight shows across the country. The duo can’t wait to connect with their fans and show them what they’ve been working on. “We’re really excited, we haven’t done a headlining tour in the US for two years,” Ulrik said. “It’s going to be really fun seeing our fans and getting to play our full show.”
The pair frequently play festivals, which they definitely enjoy, but they’re excited to have a show all their own. “Touring is always exciting. It’s the time when you can speak to fans directly. You get to see the reactions from the crowd live which is always super fun,” added Ketil. His favorite shows are Coachella and Paris’s Lollapalooza but he’s incredibly excited to get back to headlining. I could hear him smiling through the phone as he described the upcoming tour and I began looking up tickets for myself.
Lemaitre have toured across America and Europe, racked up nearly two-hundred million streams and been featured in global campaigns for companies like Google, Apple and Facebook since the duo formed in 2010, yet the duo still doesn’t feel like they’ve “made it” yet. Ketil laughed when I asked what advice they had for those who are working hard and want to make it big. “It doesn’t feel like I have an answer to anything,” he said. “Just keep working and take everything you do seriously. Early on we got shouted out by a couple of the artists that really inspired us and that was really gratifying.” The duo love what they do and their main goal is to keep doing it for as long as they can. It’s not about whether they ever make it, but whether they’re happy while they do it.
Ulrik agreed. “Yeah, what even is making it big? We feel like there’s a goal we need to reach but in the end it’s just fun being able to make music. Don’t focus too much on making it big, just do whatever you enjoy doing and, whether it works or not, at least you enjoy it. My personal goal I think is to just be content and able to enjoy whatever I do.”
These two gentlemen, with their powerhouse vibes and alluring personalities, are worth checking out. I’ve woken up every morning for the past week with their songs stuck in my head and I’m not even mad about it. I wholly believe that everyone should stream their music, see them perform and help Lemaitre feel like they’ve made it.