Cocoa Noire, comprised of Jackson and Francoise, say that their music is influenced by their love of electronic, disco and early house beats.
With previous performances including Strawberry Fields Festival, Melbourne Music Week as well as this year’s St Kilda Festival, they love making the audience’s musical experience “unique and incomparable.”
As songwriters, it is the everyday things around them that they draw inspiration from, whether it be people, music, food and travel, but most of all, it is the different story that each individual is living that drives their music.
Cocoa Noire formed only a few years ago, when they were both musically involved with other projects. With Jackson being a DJ and Francoise performing in various groups, it wasn’t until they performed spontaneously at a party that they then decided to create music together.
They describe their music as a sound that goes against the “specific genre of disco and early house music,” mostly because they love to experiment with different sounds in order to properly express their ideas.
Cocoa Noire like to create an “organic relationship” with their audience, meaning that they prefer to connect with people through music rather than through online interaction. Making people dance and enjoy the moment is the main focus to each and every one of their performances.
“We love that kind of interaction and much prefer it to any online interaction.”
As many bands and artists, Cocoa Noire don’t have a set procedure when it comes to writing and creating new songs but normally collaborate their individual ideas. With Jackson focusing on the rhythmic aspect using his DJ/producing experience, Francoise takes the lead in the melodic avenue. “Feeling good is the priority,” they say as they ensure that they love every bit of their songs before they finish writing.
Currently the duo are still working on new material and making the most of the songwriting process and are yet to release an EP.
“We are working towards sound that we are completely happy with and we don’t really care on how long it takes. We want to feel good and we want to take our time in achieving this”.
They perform regularly on weekends so to get more details on their whereabouts visit them on Instagram.
Written by Kyra Tsitsinaris