What's Parisian music to you?
A big melting pot of electro music in some areas, then rock in Bastille and gypsy music in the Métro. It's a big melting pot. There's not much of a place for typical French music anymore, there are so many influences.
If you go to Bastille you'll find lots of trendy rock bars. Then there's the electro scene in Paris which is ticking along nicely but beyond that there aren't a great many things that define Parisian music. It's a big mixture of everything and what you hear most is the music you hear daily in the Metro, the accordion, people playing the classics in their own way, that's what you hear most when you go out in this city. Rock, electro, apart from that I can't think of much else.
Then there's classical music which is only really played in big theatres. 20 years ago alternative rock was the thing, groups like La Mano Negra and Pigalle which really represented the local scene and Paris.
Now really it's an electro scene that doesn't really represent the city around it. It's a soundtrack that we live with but that could easily represent Milan, Berlin and London.
Are you Parisian?
No I'm from Corsica. Well I'm a Corsican who’s lived in Paris for the last 30 years, but Corsica never leaves you throughout your life, I'm just here to work. Corsica's where you go to retire, I won't end up in Paris once I stop working, well at least I don't want to.
Is there Corsican music here in Paris?
Of course, in Paris there isn't too much though. Sometimes there are groups that pass through, groups of polyphonic singers from Corsica, like A Filetta. Apart from that Corsican music here is not really represented and I don't really think people are interested in it either. Corsican music is only really performed in chapels and churches, Corsican polyphonic singing is only really heard in places like that. In Paris there's not really a Corsican scene though Corsican language is represented a little more.
Do you have anything you’d like to add to wrap up?
I hope Paris continues to be so dynamic in the evenings, but sadly with time the nightlife of Paris is fading little by little, bands like La Mano Negra sing 'Paris at night, it's finished'. Well, with all the rules and regulations on bars at night now you have to wait for big events like 'La Nuit Blanche' to do anything big. On the Nuit Blanche you can basically go everywhere for free and music can be heard in the streets, it's not like that anymore in Paris, it's becoming more and more calm. It's a town where people sleep, it's harsh but it really is the reality now, like Montparnasse, it's finished!
Have a look below to discover the bright lights of the Boulevard Montparnasse and its celebrated cafés.
The Boulevard Montparnasse echoes with the footsteps of artists from the early 20th century. Known as Les Années Folles, from the 1920s the area became a hub of creativity. Ernest Hemingway joined James Joyce to sip espressos alongside Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein at a time when Paris was vibrant with artists. Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau… Anyone who was anyone was in Paris at the time.
Many of the cafés popular with the artistic world of the 20s are still going today, barely touched by the decades that have followed. Listening to the clinking of saucers in Le Dôme it is easy to imagine yourself back beside the great writers, mulling over the next pages of A Moveable Feast, Gymnopédie No.1, The Great Gatsby… Join our series advisors over a cup of coffee to discover more of this brilliant café.