Paradis is a French electronic music duo consisting of Simon Mény and Pierre Rousseau. The duo is currently signed to Universal label Maison Barclay. They grew to fame after releasing their first 12" single on Beats In Space titled Parfait Tirage featuring a cover of Alain Souchon's "La Ballade de Jim". The duo have made a name for themselves in the French DJ scene with sets at Nuits Sonores and Rex Club.
Simon Mény and Pierre Rousseau met through friends one night in Paris. After talking and realising that they had two quite different backgrounds in terms of music, they found themselves creating pieces with each other. With two completely varying musical ideas, Mény and Rousseau seemed to be able to merge their differences to create what can be argued a new genre inviting us to the unlikely meeting of French pop with the contemporary textures of dance music.
The duo have a unique sound introducing a merge between traditional French pop and contemporary house. Paradis were first discovered by DJ Tim Sweeney after submitting demos to the Beats In Space radio show hoping for play time. Eventually Tim Sweeney saw the prospects and talent in the duo and decided to sign them for the first release of his then newly established label Beats In Space. Paradis have appeared on many mixes, some for contemporary fashion labels such as Etudes Studio and for popular music sites such as White Light Mixes. In 2012 Paradis made the soundtrack for Sacha Barbin's short film Mes Amours Décomposé(s).
Beats In Space
Beats In Space
Couleurs Primaires EP:
"Couleurs Primaires", an EP containing three original songs was released on January 19th 2015. The EP has three main songs each uniquely attributed to a primary colour, hence the name "Couleurs Primaires" in French meaning primary colours in English. Paradis have adopted new sounds incorporating heavy elements of pop, techno and house music. Although the duo explains that finding a genre to describe their music poses a certain difficulty, the album itself is based heavily on expression and the sound that comes about by mistake. The album is then complimented by 2 other remix tracks composed by Tim Goldsworthy and Superpitcher . Although each track in the EP is unique Paradis still retain the elements of contemporary house in each of the tracks. Primary Colours is based on the first three tracks that make up their up and coming studio album which will be released in Spring of 2015.
Paradis left Paris for the south of France in 2013 to work on their first album. Set for sometime in spring 2015, the album is the first studio album recorded by the duo and will be their second release after their new EP with French label Barclay.
In anticipation of their debut album, in June 2014 Paradis released a first single entitled "Garde Le Pour Toi" via Universal label Riviera/Barclay. The song is a merge of French pop and soft house vibes with a touch of French vocals. The second single release entitled "Sur Une Chanson En Français" was released in November.
Garde Le Pour Toi
Sur Une Chanson En Français
Paradis have featured on many 12" releases. In 2012 they remixed a song by Jacques Renault titled "Back To You" which gained popularity in the house scene. The duo have also released two other remixes of songs by Agoria and Cale Parks. In 2015 they remixed a song by French revelation Christine & the Queenst titled "Christine".
Back To You (Paradis Remix)
Let's Play House
Agoria feat. Scalde
For One Hour (Paradis Remix)
N1 (Paradis Contours Remix)
Have A Killer Time
Christine & the Queens
Christine (Paradis Remix)
Work with APC:
In September 2012 Paradis collaborated with APC releasing a T-shirt as part of an APC wide collaboration with various artists. The T-shirt features a small print bird widely used by the duo as a mark of their brand alongside a print with blue accents.
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