Woodkid – On The Road In Paris With Noisey

There’s this one scene in Velvet Goldmine (the 1998 film about glam rock) where some fictitious early ‘80s popstar Tommy Stone is playing a gig, live-streamed via satellite, to three billion viewers around the globe. At the time when I first saw the film, this concept blew my mind. The idea of live-streaming a gig online so the entire world could view it at the same time seemed ahead of its time, especially while I was sitting there waiting 20 minutes for my AOL dial-up to finally connect to the web so I could wait another 20 minutes for my email to load up.

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But here we are, in 2012, where we can instantly video chat with someone on our mobile phones with the simple click of a button – so that whole global stream via satellite concept seems like a natural next step, right?

I went to Paris last week to check out the latest ‘Special Engagement’ session in the Noisey series (in association with Vice and Dell). After previously hosting and live-streaming gigs from Berlin to Beijing, Noisey decided to head to France’s capital city to put on a gig inside the Eiffel Tower (that’s right, inside it), where it would be filmed and broadcast online for the world to see. It’s safe to say that this was the coolest gig venue I’ve ever been to.

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And to make the experience all the more thrilling, this was essentially the very first live show from French singer-songwriter Woodkid. Aside from an occasional stage appearance with Lana Del Rey (you may already recognise his name, as he directed her ‘Born To Die’ music video, as well as reworked the song for her remix EP), he’s pretty much just beginning his solo music career. With just one EP under his belt (‘Iron’, which came out last year) and a debut album (‘The Golden Age’, due out some time later this year) in the works, it must be more than a little intimidating to make your musical debut inside one of the world’s most famous landmarks, and in front of the entire web-browsing community.

That being said, he managed to capture the attention of an entire room of people, who were already distracted by the fact that they were nearly 200 feet above ground, with his performance. With seven backing musicians (including a trio of horns and two drummers), he brought his tribal drum beats and his Antony Hegarty-esque vocals to life (frankly, with more confidence than most seasoned performers often show on televised performances just spanning a nation).

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Unfortunately, due to a few technical kinks, the live stream didn’t broadcast on the night of the event, but it was available the following morning (and you can still watch the director’s cut of the gig right now by clicking on the player at the bottom of this page). While it’s disappointing that the stream-side of the project didn’t go as planned, there’s no denying that 1) atop the Eiffel Tower is by far the most incredible place to watch a gig, ever and 2) as we all know, digital’s the way of the future, and pretty soon, we might all be simultaneously watching every live music event from around the world from home – and Noisey’s sessions are certainly kicking things off in the right direction.