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D ionysos is a French rock band formed in 1993 in Valence, Drôme. The band consists of five members known as Élisabeth Maistre aka Babet, Guillaume Garidel aka Guillermo, Mathias Malzieu, Michaël Ponton aka Miky Biky and Éric Serra Tosio aka Rico. Mathias is the main songwriter and fronts the band. Their latest studio album is La Mécanique du cœur. Their first release, Happening Songs, was entirely in English, Babet wasn't part of the band yet. In 1999 they released Haïku which brought the band in to the public eye, mainly thanks to the success of the single "Coccinelle."

The name is based on the name of the ancient Greek god, Dionysus (Dionysos in French).

Almost all Dionysos songs evoke a surreal world, in part due to the influence of Tim Burton and Roald Dahl on the group. The song "La Métamorphose De Mister Chat" tells the story of a ladys' man transformed into a cat, and the story of the group's biggest hit ("Song For Jedi") is encapsulated in the English chorus, "When I was a child, I was a Jedi."

Babet is currently working at the same time on her own solo album (released on 5 March 2007), and career. And the lead singer, Mathias Malzieu, is also working on other projects such as the career of Olivia Ruiz (his partner) and his other hobby: writing (published 2 books in 2002 and 2005). His second book is based in the same world as the album Monsters In Love. The sixth member of the group, Stéphan Bertholio, was their backliner before playing with them during live tour, and working on the fifth album Monsters in Love.

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