Hyphen Hyphen is an electro-pop band from Nice, in French Riviera. The four-member band has released two albums: Times (2015) and Times & Lives (2016), two EPs and a number of singles.
Band was formed at Conservatory of Nice, when all four members were studying Plastic Arts. Santa and Adam are childhood friends, and met the other two in highschool. They chose the term Hyphen from Ancient Greek ὑφ᾽ ἕν (hyph' hén), contracted from ὑπό ἕν (hypó hén), "in one" (literally "under one").
They self-released their two EPs titled Chewbacca I'm Your Mother (March 2011), and Wild Union (May 2012). The first elements from their current visual identity starts showing such as 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 took part in many national and regional music contests. They noticeably 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. Hyphen Hyphen also won FAIR 2013, détours ADAMI 2013 and Best Live 2013 with the two French band Skip the Use and C2C.
After many performances in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Hyphen Hyphen started performing everywhere in France including high-profile festivals such as Solidays in 2012 and 2013, Rock en Seine in 2012 or Eurockéennes de Belfort in 2013.
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.
On February 12, 2016, they won the Award for Revelation Scene (Best New Live act) at Victoires de la Musique, the French Music Awards.
On 14 July 2016 at 22:20, the city's PA system had just started playing the band hit song "Just Need Your Love" when the Nice attack commenced.
The four-member band is composed of:
Santa - lead vocals, guitar and synth
Adam - guitar, keys, vocals
Line - bass, vocals
Zaccharie (or Zac) - drums and pads
Santa is of both French and American descent and the daughter of a singer She trained with Guy Roche, vocal coach of the likes of Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera.