Friday night saw Unico celebrate their third anniversary by bringing world superstar dancers Les Twins into town. Identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois have toured the globe with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and worked with many, many more big names in the music and fashion worlds. We caught up with them on the eve of the big night.
Can you tell me a little bit about how you got into dancing?
Laurent: We never started. We were born like that. We never practiced, we just enjoy it.
I heard that your family is also into dance.
Larry: Yeah but it’s not the same dance.
Laurent: They all have this feeling to enjoy the music no matter what type of music it is. And we take that from them. They all have a different way to move their body.
Was your family your dancing inspiration when you were growing up? Or did you have other inspirations?
Larry: I couldn’t dance without having been influenced by the movies I’ve seen. It’s the same with animation because we are really keen on video games and animation all around the world, especially Asian. It’s funny, and I don’t know if it makes sense, but if Jim Carrey did a movie right now in 2015, and he’s way funnier than before, I’m going to be a way better dancer than before!
Where was the biggest show you’ve ever performed at, and which one was your favorite?
Laurent: We have a lot of favorites.
Larry: Every show has got good stories. I break my neck, I break my toes, my legs, I’ve got a problem with my clavicle, I got a problem with my chest. Every big show that we do with Jay-Z, Beyonce or whatever, the biggest show is behind the scenes. On stage, it’s what we want people to see about us. But backstage is what people don’t know about us and that is crazy. But Brazil, 250,000 people –
Laurent: People looked like minions.
Larry: Glastonbury, 200,000 people.
Laurent: When Les Twins won the championships of hip hop. That was my day.
Larry: That was my day. That was my favorite day. That was like, “We made it!” That was the day.
Talk about what it was like going on tour with Beyoncé.
Laurent: The thing is we never did any audition or casting. There’s a lot of beautiful talent in this world, but she has a gift to make love with every ear on any type of human on this planet! Every time she touches something, it becomes gold. It’s crazy to meet someone like her who has touched the top and is still looking for more. Every second that Beyoncé, me and Larry are on stage freestyling, I don’t know what she’s going to do, what he’s going to do, I don’t even know what I’m going to do, but we know that each of us on stage will kill it, and we push each other. And at the end of the day, we leave the stage, we’re like, “Wow, that shit really happened.”
What did you think about Straight Outta Compton?
Both: What did I think about it? This is my life. This is exactly the way we are.
Laurent: Ok listen to me, people would say, “Oh I feel the movie. Like, it’s me,” or whatever. No, no, it’s not. It’s Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube. And Les Twins. We really felt every moment, and people would talk shit about the way they started, or the way people were fighting for me and my brother –
Larry: You know what? My story is exactly the same with different … the police were everywhere. I’m still from the hood, and Paris is kind of, you know, deep and tight, but we made it and we made it exactly in the same way. And not like the N.W.A, but we made it just by dance, that’s what I’m saying.
What do you like about modeling and how has it influenced your taste in fashion?
Both: We’ve always been dressing like this.
Laurent: We are not hip-hop, but we are hip-hop inside. The way we dress is something else.
If you weren’t doing dance, what would you be doing?
Laurent: Playing video games.
Larry: You know what? I’ve always said that when I have a little time in my life, I will open a restaurant.