Mai Lan Chapiron is a French-Vietnamese artist. She released her first solo album Mai Lan in 2012. In 2016, she appeared on M83's album Junk, contributing with vocals on four tracks, including the single "Go!". In 2016, she released the single "Technique".
Mai Lan was born in Paris in 1982, as the daughter of visual artist Kiki Picasso (Real name Christian Chaperon). Born into a family of artists, she became a member of the collective Kourtrajmé 3. On 2006, Mai Lan recorded five tracks for the soundtrack of French erotic comedy horror film Sheitan, directed by her brother Kim Chapiron. She contributed vocals to the tracks "Arrêt De Souffle", "Gentiment Je T'immole", and " Serpent" (with Nguyen Lê), "Berceuse" (with Nguyen Lê) and "Découverte Maison" (with Nguyen Lê) She also created the women fashion brand BEZEMYMAILAN with her friend Bezem Kassan.
On September 2012, Mai Lan released her debut album, the eponymous Mai Lan, including songs in both English and French. The album was produced by Max Labarthe and released on the independent labels 3ème Bureau / Wogram Music. The album spanned two singles, "Easy" and "Les Huîtres". The video for the latter was directed by French-Chilean musician, director and actor Adan Jodorowsky, son of renowned filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
On June 2016, Mai Lan released her single "Technique", co-written with Max Labarthe and Nick Sylvester. The song is "a dizzy rush of a solo track that finds fun ways to play around with the idea that we're all on the internet way too much". Mai Lan explained that "This song came to life after a running joke we used to make with Max when we were recording the album in New York. Every time we'd do something 'technical' (it was most of the time stupid stuff) we'd snap and say proudly 'technique'." The video for the song was directed by French studio PANAMA.
Collaborations with M83
Mai Lan appeared on four tracks from French electronic music band M83, led by Anthony Gonzalez. The songs are "Bibi the Dog", "Laser Gun", "Atlantique Sud" and the single "Go!", all of them co-written by Mai Lan herself. Not only did Mai Lan reach a wider international audience, but she was also critically acclaimed for her participation on the album, with Rolling Stone stating that "it's France's best kept secret, vocalist Mai Lan, who stands tallest; on tracks like "Laser Gun" and "Atlantique Sud" she tempers the record's kitsch factor with the timeless, ghostly vocal sheen." Currently, Mai Lan is part of the Junk worldwide Tour.
In 2013, Mai Lan created the duo Freaky Little Things in collaboration with musician Donovans (Nicolas Nekmouche), releasing music under the label 11Heads Records. On 2013, they released the EP "Nightfall", reviewed by Billboard as "a proper house tune that looks forward while respecting the roots of its culture". Follow up was the 2014 EP "Saturne". called "a slice of delicately crafted Electro-Pop that recalls the likes of Au Revoir Simone and Annie on the vocal front, and a chilled-out Hudson Mohawke in its sonic textures".