Made in Paris is a force not to be reckoned with. With an incredible history of playing at festivals around the world, as well as constantly pumping out original tracks and killing her own headline tour, we are psyched to see her at UNSW's newly renovated Roundhouse for the upcoming Claptone: The Masquerade. In preparation, we sat down and chatted all things techno.
UNDR Ctrl: Paris, you have carved out a name for yourself as one of Australia’s best deep tech house DJs and producers. How and when did you first step into the music world?
Made in Paris: Music has always been a big part of my life. I came more across the electronic side of it in my teenage years and became fixated. As the the years went by I filtered through and felt a strong connection with the deeper side of house and techno. I had found my niche.
UC: Do you feel as though your upbringing and surroundings have influenced your music practise in any way?
MIP: I do. My upbringing was complicated most of the time and I turned to music a lot.. Moving around to different towns and cities may have influenced me too. I do know that moving to Sydney finally gave me an outlet for more underground sounds which I didn’t get in smaller towns.
UC: Has your music taste changed since you began DJing and producing? Or have you always been a fan of the techno world?
MIP: Since finding a love for electronic music, I was always drawn to the darker side of it.. but you could say it wasnt so popular in smaller cities where I was located back 7 years ago. house & electro were a big part of the start of it all and as times changed and I got living in Sydney, that’s when I got to explore more underground sounds.
UC: Your original tracks have caught the attention of pretty incredible artists and music selectors – Music Is 4 Lovers, deadmau5. How do you begin and move within your songwriting process?
MIP: Grabbing inspiration from music or a night out in a club is a great way to get the ideas flowing. Each time I pull up a new project can be different in what order I get the track moving. Could be recording ideas off hardware, working on drum patterns or coming up with catchy melody.. it just flows from there.. could take weeks or could take day.. although mixing process takes a couple of sessions to get it right if I am doing it.
UC: Not only do you DJ and produce, but you also started the label Upon Access . What was the catalyst in creating this?
MIP: I wanted to create a platform for not only myself but other like minded artists creating unique and daring underground electronica.
UC: Your new track Erratic is a unique take on traditional techno that has shaped its way into a new lane of house music. Where did the inspiration for this divergence come about?
MIP: I think it was one of those tracks that had no planning and was quite spontaneous with inspiration coming from multiple genres like house and techno.
UC: Who are some artists who have continually sparked a creative drive for you in either producing or DJing?
MIP: Patrice Baumel, Ruede Hagelstein, Super Flu, Mind Against and of course Maceo Plex.
UC: Over the summer season you played at some pretty incredible events; Output, Field Day, Harbourlife and Subsonic just to name a few! What was the best show you played and why?
MIP: Subsonic would just scrape through as the best.. lets just say the vibes were HIGH!
UC: You are currently on a huge Aus/Asia tour to promote your new EP Erratic ! Do you any more releases coming out this year?
MIP: I sure do. Already a few locked in but all i’ll say for now is you’ll be hearing a remix and a single over the next couple of months with more releases to follow!
UC: What are five songs you have been listening to over the last month?
MIP: Luna Semara - Blackwash (Original Mix)
Saive - Surviving (Original Mix)
Tone Depth - Red Flags (Original Mix)
YokoO, Retza - Euneirophrenia (Original Mix)
Whomadewho - Dynasty (Jimi Jules Remix)
UC: Finally, we’re really looking forward to having you play at Claptone’s mysterious Masquerade Ball – what are you planning on wearing to fit into the masked scene?
MIP: You will just have to wait and see ;)
Catch Made in Paris in the main room of the newly renovated Roundhouse for the Claptone's upcoming Masquerade Ball. Final release tickets are available here!