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Justice is a Frenchmarker electronic music duo consisting of Gaspard Augé (born 21 May 1979 in Besançonmarker) and Xavier de Rosnay (born 2 July 1982). The duo is one of the most successful groups on Ed Banger Records and is managed by the label's head, Pedro Winter. Justice is known for incorporating a strong rock and indie influence into their music and image.

Their debut album was released in June 2007 to critical acclaim. The album was later nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Electronic/Dance Album" and came in at number 15 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007 and number 18 on Blender's "25 Best Albums of 2007" list. It was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, losing out to The Reminder by Feist. Their remix of the MGMT song "Electric Feel" won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.

In June 2009, it was announced that Justice would be moving to WMG/Atlantic's newly relaunched Elektra Records label, and plans to release a new album in early 2010.


Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay 2007 in Paris
Justice first produced tracks together for Musclorvision's "Hits Up To You," a concept compilation where tracks were designed to sound like they were meant for the Eurovision song contest. The compilation included two of their songs, and a track by Augé's alter-ego Microloisir. Justice first came to prominence through their 2003 remix of Simian's track "Never Be Alone", created for a Paris college radio station's remix contest. The remix resulted in the group being signed to Ed Banger (who released it) and became a hit in clubs and on the Internet. The song was re-released in 2004 on DJ Hell's International DeeJay Gigolo Records and eventually given a commercial release in the UK in the summer of 2006 under the title "We Are Your Friends," on Ten Records, a sub-label of Virgin Records.

After the original release of "Never Be Alone," Justice worked on remixes for a number of French groups (Vicarious Bliss, Scenario Rock, and Gambit) as well as for larger mainstream acts such as Britney Spears, N*E*R*D, Fatboy Slim, and Daft Punk. Justice's first solo single, "Waters of Nazareth," was released on Ed Banger Records in September 2005 and was championed by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Tiga, 2 Many DJ's, and Ivan Smagghe. The track was re-released in 2006 with additional remixes. The duo's prolific remix work continued, as they turned in mixes for Franz Ferdinand, Mystery Jets, Soulwax, and Mr. Oizo.
Justice at Rock Werchter 2008
Justice won the award for Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 for Justice vs. Simian - "We Are Your Friends." Augé and de Rosnay were not present at the ceremony, and the award was accepted by label art director "So Me" and video director Jérémie Rozan.

Their debut album, titled , was released on Ed Banger Records on 12 June 2007. The album was released in the United States on Downtown/Ed Banger. The album was preceded by the D.A.N.C.E. EP, released on 28 May 2007, which featured the tracks "Phantom" and their own remix of "D.A.N.C.E." titled "B.E.A.T". "D.A.N.C.E." was nominated for "Video of the Year" at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. On 1 November, Justice received the "Video Star" award at the European Music Awards in Munich and was named the Best French Act of the Year. Justice was chosen to do a mix for the Fabriclive series in 2008, but Fabric rejected it. de Rosnay said that, "[T]hey weren't ready for something like this." Now titled "Justice Xmas Mix," the mix is available on the Internet.

Justice appeared as a Live PA at the 2007 Parklife festivals around Australia, the 2008 Coachellamarker festival; the Fuji Rock Festival in Niigatamarker, Japanmarker; the Hultsfred Festivalmarker in Hultsfredmarker, Swedenmarker; the Oxegen festival in Kildaremarker, Irelandmarker; the T in the Park festival in Kinrossmarker, Scotlandmarker; the Reading Festival in Reading, England; the Vieilles Charrues Festival in Carhaix, Francemarker; the Roskilde Festivalmarker in Roskildemarker, Denmarkmarker; Pukkelpop in Belgiummarker, at the "I LOVE TECHNO" festival in Ghent, Belgiummarker; Dour Festival in Belgium; Rock Werchtermarker in Belgium; the Lowlandsmarker festival and the Pinkpopmarker festival in The Netherlands; at Tennents Vital in the Radio One TentBelfastmarker; at the Phoenix Park Marquee in Dublinmarker; and at the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim in Spain.

Justice was nominated for Best Dance Recording (for "D.A.N.C.E.") and Best Electronic/Dance Album (for ) at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Justice uploaded their music video for "Stress" to YouTube on 1 May 2008, having had several TV stations boycott the video. The clip features a group of youths committing acts of vandalism and harassment, wearing jackets bearing the Justice cross on the back. Accused in some quarters of racism for its stereotypical depiction of youths of African descent from Paris’ socially deprived banlieues, others saw the video as a critique of their portrayal in the French media. Speaking in an interview with The Quietus website, Augé said, “We were expecting some fuss obviously, but definitely not on those topics… If people see racism in the video, it's definitely because they might have a problem with racism; because they only see black people beating up white people, which is not what happens.”

De Rosnay said, “Eighty percent of France is Christian." In an interview for Dummy in 2005, Justice said that they wanted a strong concept for each record they put out and with this one they wanted to keep people guessing.

On 1 June 2008, The Sun announced that Justice was chosen by Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to produce the band's follow up to Stadium Arcadium, but this was quickly corrected by Ed Banger manager Pedro Winter, as Anthony Kiedis had only stated he was a fan of Justice, not preparing for a collaboration.

In July 2008, Justice was revealed to have done a mix for the Dior Homme Summer 2009 Fashion Show, much like Daft Punk did for Louis Vuitton in 2007.The track, now known as Planisphere, was released in four parts on the band's MySpace page, with an extra final cut that did not make it into the fashion show mix (known as "Planisphere IV", or "Planisphere Final").

On 25 August 2008, the band announced via Myspace that their next major release would be a DVD documentary/concert film titled A Cross the Universe. The announcement was also tied in with an invitation for fans to email photos, images and artwork to an address so that the received photos could be compiled for use as artwork for the release.

While doing a DJ tour for the release of A Cross the Universe in November 2008, controversy arose when a photograph of Augé DJing with an unplugged Akai MPD24 surfaced. The photograph sparked accusations that Justice's live sets were faked. Augé has since said that the equipment was unplugged very briefly before being re-attached and the band put a three-photo set of the incident on their MySpace page.

Justice played 2009 New Year's Eve in Chicago, at the Congress Theatermarker to a crowd of well over 4,000. Augé was later seen that night at an after-party thrown in honor of the band featuring various local DJs, artists and photographers.

Their remix of MGMT's "Electric Feel" won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.

In April 2009 the music website Stereogum hosted a remix by the duo of U2's song Get On Your Boots, the lead single off of the band's most recent album No Line on the Horizon. Their remix of Lenny Kravitz's song Let Love Rule was also featured on Kanye West's blog.Also in April 2009 at the Coachella Valley Music Festival, Augé was seen at the "Dome" with Busy P, DJ Mehdi, and Daft Punk. They are set to play at the 2009 Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, as well as at the HARD Haunted Mansion in LA over the Halloween weekend.

Musical style and equipment

Justice in concert (2007).
Their style has been thought of as having some heavy metal influence and combines cut-up bass lines with a compressed and distorted synth sound. Their music often includes bass slapping. Additionally, Justice uses samples of other songs to add to the effect, as with their song "TTHHEE PPAARRTTYY", featuring Uffie.

Equipment used by Justice in their productions include : On each side of "Valentine" (a non-functional modular synthesizer prop) are nine stacked Marshall cabinet fronts, adding up to a total of 18. The cabinet stacks are another nonfunctional prop that serve as stage dressing. Their DJ setup previously included two Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3s and a Pioneer DJM800., but since the A Cross The Universe release tour, Justice have been using Ableton Live controlled by an AKAI MPD24 and a Pioneer DJM800 for their DJ sets.


Studio albums

  • 2007:
  • 2010: TBA

Live albums


Awards and nominations

Justice's only album, , was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Electronic/Dance Album" and it was also nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, but lost to The Reminder by Feist. The duo has been successful at the MTV Europe Music Awards, winning three awards: "Best Video" for "We Are Your Friends" in 2006 and "D.A.N.C.E." in 2007, and "Best French Act" for the band, also in 2007. Their remix of the MGMT song "Electric Feel" won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009. Overall, Justice has received five awards from thirteen nominations.

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.

"D.A.N.C.E." Best Short Form Music Video
Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album
"Electric Feel (Justice Remix)" Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

MTV Europe Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1994 by MTV Europe.

2006 "We Are Your Friends" Best Video
2007 "D.A.N.C.E." Best Video
Justice Best French Act

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV.

"D.A.N.C.E." Video of the Year

NRJ Music Awards

The NRJ Music Awards is an annual French awards ceremony created by the NRJ radio station and the TF1marker television network.

2008 Justice Best New Artist
"D.A.N.C.E." Best Video

Shortlist Music Prize

The Shortlist Music Prize is a music award given annually to an album released in the United States within the last year.

2007 Shortlist Music Prize

Victoires de la Musique

The Victoires de la Musique is an annual French award ceremony.

2008 Justice Best Electronic/Dance Act
"D.A.N.C.E." Best Video


  1. Eric Dahan: Que justice soit fête. In: Libération, 7 June 2007, and Julian Shovlin online
  2. Pitchfork article
  3. 50th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List
  4. Justice (don't) fake DJ set - (false) panic in technoland
  8. New York Times review
  9. Behind the Scenes with Justice in Rio
  10. Electronica That Rocks, à la Française

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