VOILÀ started out as just two guys with long hair who decided to sit next to each other in a University of Southern California music industry class. Now, the duo is releasing their third single, “Stand Tall,” and Billboard has the exclusive premiere.
The pop group consists of Luke Eisner and Gus Ross—who are both classically trained in drums, guitar and piano—and started their musical journey from a refreshingly simple friendship. “We talked about being interested in making music and we went to his dorm room and wrote a song and we clicked instantly,” Eisner recalled to Billboard.
As for the unique French-inspired name VOILÀ, Eisner dedicates it to the boys’ love of love: “We both liked magic growing up and we’re both hopelessly romantic.”
“The French language is very romantic and voilà means ‘there you are.’ I think that’s what we want to do with our storytelling. We want people to see themselves within our music,” he continued.
Their first two singles, “Lately” and “Hundredth Second Chance” are exactly on point with their lovestruck aesthetic, following the emotional rollercoaster of any normal 21-year-old falling in and out of love.
The newest track, “Stand Tall” takes a more serious note and is a little less dance-based. The emotional ballad discusses the difficulty of coming to grips with the loss of a loved one. “The initial idea was I had a friend dealing with his father not being there for him right now. That concept of losing someone important in life and not knowing what the next step is to take is something I wanted to pull from,” Ross noted.
Eisner agreed, as his father battled stage 4 cancer a few years back. “We started to realize that standing tall is something that applies to a bunch of different issues—suicide, divorce, adversity—the ball rolls and it’s bigger than us.”
As for the future of VOILÀ, the duo is releasing their debut album, Ask Me Yesterday, this spring, which they hope will encompass all aspects of being a human being—the good and the ugly.
“You know those plastic wraps that people put over their chairs in the living room? Is it a living room if you can’t live in it?” Eisner compared. “If you wrap yourself up in an attempt to protect yourself from the world, you’re missing on the experience of getting banged up and broken in and the human experience.”
“He’s a poet,” Ross joked. Listen to “Stand Tall” below.