Hyphen Hyphen

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Hyphen Hyphen
Hyphen Hyphen in 2016
Hyphen Hyphen in 2016
Background information
OriginNice, France
Years active2010–present
LabelsParlophone Records
MembersSamanta "Santa" Cotta
Romain "Adam" Adamo
Laura "Line" Christin
Past membersZaccharie "Zac" Schütte

Hyphen Hyphen is a French electropop band from Nice. The four-member band has released three albums — Times (2015), Times & Lives (2016) and HH (2018) — two EPs and a number of singles.


The band was formed at the Conservatory of Nice, when all four members were studying Plastic Arts. Santa and Adam are childhood friends, and met the other two band members in high school. They chose the term Hyphen from Ancient Greek ὑφ᾽ ἕν (hyph' hén), an elision of ὑπό ἕν (hypó hén), "in one" (literally "under one").[1][2]

They self-released their two EPs, titled Chewbacca I'm Your Mother (March 2011) and Wild Union (May 2012).[3] The first elements from their current visual identity began showing with these projects, including tribal signs. They would later use the term Wild Union to describe the bond they formed both within the band and with their ever-growing audience.

Since 2010, the four musicians have taken part in many national and regional music contests. They notably won the Prix du Jury of Les Inrocks Lab in 2011, the Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs d'Europe et de Méditerranée in 2011 and made it to the 2012 Printemps de Bourges finals.[3] Hyphen Hyphen also won FAIR 2013, détours ADAMI 2013 and Best Live 2013 with the two French bands Skip the Use and C2C.[4]

Hyhen Hyphen performing in 2013

After many performances in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Hyphen Hyphen started performing all over France including high-profile festivals such as Solidays in 2012 and 2013,[5] Rock en Seine in 2012[6] or Eurockéennes de Belfort in 2013.[7]

In 2014, they started working on their debut album Times, with all tracks written, composed, arranged and produced by the four members. The album was released in France in September 2015.[8]

On 12 February 2016, they won the Award for Revelation Scene (Best New Live act) at Victoires de la Musique, the French Music Awards.

They released their second album "HH" in May 2018 [9] and went on tour for over one and a half-year. They performed more than 150 shows all around France, Belgium and Switzerland.

On 22 March 2019, they released internationally the single Lonely Baby (feat Kiiara).

On 10 September 2019, they announced their first international tour in North America. Six shows are announced for the end of the year in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, and Brooklyn.[10]


The four-member band is composed of:[11]

  • Santa – lead vocals, guitar and synth
  • Adam – guitar, keys, vocals
  • Line – bass, vocals
  • Zaccharie (or Zac) – drums and pads (left the band in 2016)
  • Zoé Hochberg – replaces Zac on drums

Santa is of both French and American descent and the daughter of a singer.[12] She trained with Guy Roche, vocal coach of singers including Beyoncé[13] and Christina Aguilera.



Year Album Charts Certification

2015 Times 27 16
2016 Times & Lives 115
2018 HH 6 9 44


  • Chewbacca I Am Your Mother (March 2011)[3]
  • Wild Union[17] (May 2012[3])


Year Title Charts Album


2015 "Just Need Your Love" 12 14
"Cause I Got a Chance" Tip** 36
2016 "Stand Back" 34
"We Light the Sunshine" 184 48
2018 "Like Boys" 24 41
2019 "Lonely Baby"
(featuring Kiiara)
Non-album single

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.
**Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts nor the bubbling under Ultratip charts, but was registered in the Ultratip charts as an extra tip.

Other charting songs[edit]

Year Title Charts Album
2018 "Be High with Me" 179 HH



  1. ^ ὑφέν. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  2. ^ Harper, Douglas. "hyphen". Online Etymology Dictionary.
  3. ^ a b c d "Hyphen Hyphen". lemouv.fr (in French). 13 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2015..
  4. ^ Lestontonstourneurs.fr
  5. ^ Purepeople.fr
  6. ^ Lesinrocks.fr
  7. ^ Programme des Eurokéennes[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Maxime de Abreu (23 September 2015). ""Times", un premier album ambitieux pour Hyphen Hyphen". lesinrocks.com (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  9. ^ ""HH" : La claque Hyphen Hyphen". 25 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Login • Instagram". Archived from the original on 26 December 2021. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  11. ^ Mathilde Doiezie (28 August 2015) [12 July 2015]. "Hyphen Hyphen : "On n'a pas peur d'être ambitieux"". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2015..
  12. ^ Anne-Sophie Jahn (17 October 2015). "Le Point Live. Hyphen Hyphen : 44 minutes de bonheur". lepoint.fr (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  13. ^ Athénaïs Keller, « Hyphen Hyphen : trait d'union entre la pop et l'électro », sur lefigaro.fr,‎ (consulté le 22 novembre 2015).
  14. ^ a b c LesCharts.com Hyphen Hyphen discography
  15. ^ a b ultratop.be/fr/ Hyphen Hyphen discography
  16. ^ Hitparade.ch Hyphen Hyphen discography
  17. ^ JD Beauvallet (27 May 2012). "Hyphen Hyphen : atomique et frénétique". lesinrocks.com (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  18. ^ ultratop.be/nl/ Hyphen Hyphen discography

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