I'm a waiter here in the café.

Whereabouts is the café you work at?

In Place du Tertre in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris, just around the corner from the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre.

For you what is music in Paris?

For me, what is music? Music for me is hip-hop. I listen to hip-hop, G-Funk from the 90s, Gangster Funk that's my music.

Where can you listen to that music in Paris?

I'm 36 years old, I don't go out anymore, it's finished. I'm a quiet man now.

But you listen to it at home in your flat?

Of course, I'm still listening to the real hip-hop from the 90s, from the USA and some French music.

Do you think music in Paris is still alive?

I hope, I believe that it's still alive.

And you have music here every night?

Every night from 9pm to 2am we do jazz, gypsy jazz...

Nice, well thank you for your time.


Scroll down to discover the sights and sounds of Georges’ home area.

If you wander up to the to the top of Montmartre, chances are you’ll come across lots of one thing - artists. Place du Tertre is full to the brim with artistic types wanting to paint your portrait. As much as it plays to the cliché of creativity that runs through Montmartre, it forms an integral heart to the district. The huddles of painters nestled in the square provide a welcoming warmth to anyone who happens across this little square and the craft that belies the tradition runs deep in the area.

It's not just artists who love Montmartre, this corner of Paris has also welcomed a myriad of musicians into its winding streets over the years. The enigmatic Sébastien Tellier is counted among residents today and Claude Debussy was one of many noted regulars at the famous Chat Noir bar over a century ago.

Surrounding the square are a collection of cosy cafés. One in particular stands out for the music that floats out from its door each evening. Au Clairon des Chasseurs provides an integral musical backdrop to the top of the hill in Montmartre. It’s renowned for jazz Manouche and every day a different player brings the spirit of Django Reinhardt to tourists and locals alike.

Another feature you can’t help but stumble across, or on, is the cobblestones of Montmartre. These stones run to the core of the area’s history, defining both the boundaries of the arrondissement and forming the foundations of a real community. Many people call Montmartre ‘the village’.

As you tread the streets of this district of Paris, beyond the rumbling of tires on cobbles and the small buses winding their way past you, the sound of chatter is inescapable. Crowds of people spill into the streets from tiny bars and the heart of the area is the street here - windowsills become bar tables, chairs and stages for local musicians strumming tunes with friends.

It’s a unique world in this crowded city; a world of friends, acquaintances and artists created by a tight sense of community. Beyond the initial cliché that rings in your ears as you first step into Montmartre, the reality hits you – this corner of Paris really is what it’s painted to be in the guidebooks. It is full of active artists. It is very much worth making the trip over those thousands of cobbles, steps and winding streets to get to. To discover more about the musicians attracted by Montmartre's charms, explore the City of Light interactive map.