Benoit & Sergio produce dance songs that sometimes seem like musical open letters; editorials narrated in the voices of unidentified, yet totally recognizable colorful characters, read aloud against a backdrop of beautifully lush, warm and sensuous electronic pop music.
The French/US duo met at an after party in Berlin, and it wasn’t long before their signature combination of rich synth work combined with pop influenced lyrical magic and impressive songwriting had been released on labels such as Spectral Sound, DFA, Visionquest, Hot Creations and Culprit.
Benoit & Sergio draw from influences mostly uncommon to the house and techno zeitgeist; bands like The Talking Heads, Pavement and Roxy Music are all sources, along with electronic acts ranging from Daft Punk to Ricardo Villalobos. All these influences resonate clearly in their music, together with a sexual melodrama that manifests in lyrics about loneliness, French girls, wine and Ferraris.
The past few years have brought a haul of critical accolades, including iTunes Breakthrough Electronic Artists of the Year (2011), Resident Advisor Top 10 Live acts (2011, 2012), Vibe Magazine's Top Duos (2013) and GQ Magazine's top American electronic acts (2014). Their ubiquitous remix of Hot Natured's 'Reverse Skydiving' received recognition as one of Billboard's top 50 game-changing tracks (2013), with a similar recognition for 'Your Darkness' by Pulse Radio (2014). In addition, they have had four different singles variously charted in top 20 year-end polls, including DJ Mag, Resident Advisor, and Mixmag and have remixed indie pop acts such as Matthew Dear, Metronomy, and Friendly Fires.
Last year, Benoit & Sergio contributed 'Long Neglected Words' to the extraordinary Space Project – a project by Portland-based Lefse Records which commissioned artists to create songs and soundscapes out of the Voyager space probe recordings. The album was released on Record Store Day 2014, as a vinyl, CD and 7” box set.
The pair have toured extensively throughout the last year, as well as spending time in their Berlin and DC studios preparing an EP for Soul Clap and their debut album, slated to be released in 2015.