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Romain Tranchart e Yann Destagnol.jpg
Destagnol (left) and Tranchart
Background information
OriginParis, France
Years active1999–2003
Past members
  • Romain Tranchart
  • Yann Destagnol

Modjo was a French house musical duo made up of producer Romain Tranchart (born 9 June 1976) and vocalist Yann Destagnol (a.k.a. Yann Destal, born 14 July 1978). They had major success in 2000 with their hit single "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)".


Romain Tranchart moved with his family to Algeria and Mexico, to finally live in Brazil. There, he started learning the guitar, finding inspiration through jazz classics.[1]

At that time he became a fan of house music, influenced by DJ Sneak, Ian Pooley, and Daft Punk. He released his first house single as Funk Legacy titled "What You're Gonna Do, Baby" on Vertigo Records (FR) in 1998. Later, he decided to enter the American School of Modern Music in Paris, the French division of the Berklee School of Music.

Also Parisian, Yann learned to play flute and clarinet when he was a small child. As he aged he became deeply influenced by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, David Bowie and other pop acts. He started to play drums by emulating them. He also learned to play the piano and the guitar. He later bought himself a four track recording machine and started songwriting and singing. Fascinated more by voices than by charismatic band leaders, he liked bands such as Aerosmith, the Police and Queen and lately became a great fan of R&B divas.[2]

After being a drummer and sometimes-vocalist in a few bands, he met Romain in 1998, and the partnership was born. The two quickly began recording, and from those sessions came "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)". The single got recognition later on in 2000. It is a "French-flavour" house track with heavy pop and disco influences, which featured a sample from Chic's "Soup for One". The single was created under guidance and heavy recommendation from Thomas Bangalter, who suggested the sample to Modjo.[citation needed] The track became an instant number-one across Europe, and was followed up by other singles "Chillin'", "What I Mean" and "No More Tears". Their live version of the band was named Modjo Band, which saw the duo being accompanied by guitars, bass and drums.

After "No More Tears", they started their respective solo careers, with Romain Tranchart remixing songs from various artist like Res ("Golden Boys"), Shaggy ("Sexy Lady"), Mylène Farmer ("California") and post producing the likes of Everynote's "Once Upon a Time". Yann Destal's released a Queen-esque album,[3] titled The Great Blue Scar, reaching some success in France.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: September 18, 2001
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD
21 41 39 30 13


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" 2000 7 10 5 2 4 8 1 1 81 Modjo
"Chillin'" 2001 44 35 34 38 41 26 10 12
"What I Mean" 88 52 67 58 17 59
"No More Tears" 2002 85 60 91
"On Fire"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Romain Tranchart interview
  2. ^ "Modjo - Biography". Modjo Music presents Modjo. Modjo Music. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Yann Destal - The Great Blue Scar". Magic (in French). France. 2007-11-09. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Discographie Modjo". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Discographie Modjo". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Discography Modjo". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Modjo / Longplay" (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Discographie Modjo". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Discography Modjo". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Discografie Modjo". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "Modjo (Single)". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  12. ^ "Top 40-artiest: Modjo" (select individual songs for chart information). Dutch Top 40. Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Discography Modjo". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  14. ^ "Modjo" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  15. ^ "Modjo – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  16. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Modjo" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original (select "MODJO" and then click "Go") on June 22, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2000". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  19. ^ "Certified Awards" (enter "Modjo" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: Modjo" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  21. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Modjo)". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 2, 2013.

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