I'm called Farid I'm 24 and I work in Paris - we're at the Sacré-Coeur now in Montmartre. I'm also with a few friends here.

Who are you guys?

I'm Chicu, I live in Paris and I'm 24 years old.

I'm Menad, I'm 24 and I'm a student here in Paris. I play the guitar. Music is life - personally I couldn't live without music.

So what is music in Paris, describe it in a few words…

Music in Paris is music, it's a big mix here

It depends where you are in the city, there's a bit of everything here. It depends who you speak to because for example rock music, house, Eastern, trance, classical…. Well that's not really my thing.

To be honest though I like it, I like it all even classical, I don't really have a preference in fact.

Which musicians inspire you?

Lots, but I'm sure you don't know them because they're Algerian, I'm from Algeria so…

Me too.

But musicians in France, I really like the music here but I don't really have favourites.


Discover the musical sounds of a Saturday night in Montmartre below.

The steps up to the Sacré-Coeur ring with music on a weekend night. Groups of young locals and tourists converge alongside a guitar, some snacks and a bottle of something warming.

Below the musical clamour of the crowds, motorists slow down to take in the view. Some open their windows letting their hip-hop blast into the space, others pause to live the scene.

Looking down to Paris from the top of Montmartre you can make out the familiar landmarks of the city – Gare du Nord a black rectangle on your left and to the right the Eiffel Tower flashing its flare like an urban lighthouse.

Make your way down to the foot of the Sacré-Coeur and you could stumble on a darker side of Paris. The district of Pigalle has a colourful past that encompasses both vibrant creativity and the neon glare of a well-established red light district.

Today Pigalle has somewhat softened around the edges. The area has been gentrified by an influx of young creatives and the accompanying introduction of coffee houses and bars have helped attract a different type of clientele to the area. That isn’t to say the darker side of the district doesn’t live on. The Moulin Rouge is but the tip of a dark and colourful iceberg that exists beside the everyday of a diverse neighbourhood.

Have a listen below to explore the sounds of an Irish bar on a Saturday night in the City of Light.