You might have heard it by now. Within 1 day, Woodkid’s ‘sad’ version of Pharrell’s “Happy” had clocked over 250,000 plays, a heartbreakingly beautiful string-laden rendition that tugs at your heart.
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Woodkid, aka Yoann Lemoine, the world-renowned French musician, director & producer behind acclaimed videos for Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” + “Born To Die”, Drake & Rihanna’s “Take Care” + Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” doesn’t seem to want to slow down. After the critical success of his debut album, The Golden Age, Woodkid will be bringing his celebrated live performance to Coachella, playing both Fridays of the festival.
Woodkid will also be lending his impressive grasp of audio-visual experiences to the New York City Ballet. An 8-minute pièce d’occasion, conceived & directed by JR (2011 TED prize winner), the ballet will be set to an original score composed by the Grammy-nominated Woodkid.
Says the singer-songwriter-keyboardist-producer of his soaring, often orchestral songs: “I want people to feel like heroes when they hear my music.”
Apart from all this praise, Woodkid remains the musical artist & subtle producer of his incredibly moving stories + images. He is directing all his videos on his own & turns every live performance into a spectacle rarely seen in the world of pop music. Together with a 30-piece orchestra, he turned the venerable Le Grand Rex theatre in Paris in September 2012 into a place of ecstasy in front of 3,000 adoring fans.
Woodkid also recently appeared at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, discussing his career + showing highlights of his work as part of Sonos & VEVO’s The Director’s Studio, held in conjunction with the touring exhibition, Spectacle: The Music Video. The 1st comprehensive museum exhibition to explore the art form, it features more than 300 videos, immersive installations, + artifacts organized by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati & curated by Jonathan Wells + Meg Grey Wells of Flux & designed by Logan.
Absolut featured Woodkid in a series about his growth as an artist. The fascinating film gives a peek inside Yoann’s head.