We still remember the first time we heard Keep Me Close- it was one of those tracks where we immediately knew it was going to be a hit. It's also a track that embarks in a new direction for Paris and Simo, blending pop elements with the house fundamentals they’ve cultivated together since meeting in college. We couldn’t wait to get them on 60 Questions, and earlier this week they made it happen. Please welcome Paris from Paris and Simo!
Hey man! Super stoked to have you on 60 Questions with us!
Paris: Me too! Excited to be here.
So where are you currently?
Paris: I’m in Montreal with my Grandparents- we’re taking a quick break from touring and spending some time with our families.
That’s nice. Both you and Simo grew up in Montreal, right?
Paris: Yup, both born and raised.
What was your upbringing like?
Paris: I’d say family oriented, I’m very close with my family. One thing most people don’t know is that I used to play drums growing up in a rock band- which is a bit different form the Paris everyone knows today. But my parents really supported me as I was learning and pushed me to follow my dreams.
Did you teach yourself growing up?
Paris: I took some lessons initially, but I mostly taught myself. I think I started when I was 12?
Very cool. Then you guys met at Dawson college- how did you guys meet exactly?
Paris: Through mutual friends. We were both DJing at house parties around that time, and one of our mutual friends was like you should totally meet Simo, he does the same thing as you do and is also really into house music. At the time Simo was putting out these huge YouTube mixes with like hundreds of thousands of views- they were kind of cheesy but this was back in the early days of YouTube and people were loving it. When we met we really connected, and it just grew organically from there.
What were your majors?
Paris: I was in Liberal Arts, and Simo was in Commerce.
How did you guys balance DJing and school work?
Paris: I didn’t. I was much more focused on music than my schoolwork haha.
Well it seems to have worked out well! What’s your favorite memory from college?
Paris: I’m going to have to say meeting Simo, the Wizard! It was so much fun creating our new sound together. It was also around that time that we won the Tiesto remix contest for Work Hard, Play Hard. So yeah meeting Simo, creating Paris and Simo, and winning the Tiesto competition.
Favorite drinking game?
Paris: Well I don’t drink too much, but the one I like to play while drinking- or maybe after drinking, is never have I ever. It’s fun to learn what people have done, and I love to push the boundaries. Simo’s not a big fan though haha.
Fair enough. What’s your go to drink?
Paris: Rum and Coke.
What was your big breakthrough when you thought wow, we could actually do this?
Paris: Definitely when Tiesto recognized our remix. That was our first big break, and I think took us to the next level. We got a lot of attention from that remix, and as we continued to put out music it really just took off from there.
How would you describe your sound now?
Paris: Recently we’ve taken it in a bit of a different direction, like it still has a lot of house elements but we’re beginning to add more pop elements too. It’s this nice combination of pop and house that we really like. We’ve also put a lot more attention into our vocals too.
We’ve had Keep Me Close stuck in our heads all summer. What was your inspiration for it?
Paris: So we got a grant to do a music video, and we decided we would produce our next track with the music video as the starting point. We started working on the video, which is about this car salesman in a silly work competition for a vacation to Hawaii and how he can’t beat one of his asshole co-workers. It was a super fun project because we got to star in the video- and it helped us set the tone for the track. We wanted the song to have a happy/lighthearted vibe to it. As the track evolved it began to take a bit of a different direction, but we’re really happy with how it turned out. Plus making the music video was a blast.
That’s awesome. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s at the bottom of the article! Ok, what’s one cause that you really care about?
Paris: There are a lot of causes that we care about, but one that really speaks to me that has affected us personally is cancer awareness and support.
What have you done to support this cause?
Paris: We played at a charity event in Miami called Fuck Cancer to raise funding and awareness for cancer victims. The charity raised money for efforts that would allow cancer to be recognized earlier as well as for the development of more effective cures.
That’s amazing- and a great way to give back. What was your first job?
Paris: I was a life guard at a summer camp when I was 15.
Totally. So since you guys are from Montreal, I’m assuming you can speak French. How many languages in total can you speak?
Paris: You assumed correct! Three: English, French and Greek. Simo can also speak three: English, French and Italian.
What’s favorite phrase in French?
Paris: Funny enough the only phrase I can think of right now is omelette au fromage, which means cheese omelet.
Haha didn’t you just finish dinner? Ok, the next 5 questions are game we call Hot and Cool. Basically, you have to decide whether you would date this person who’s super hot and super cool, but they have a weird condition.
So hot and cool, but they bring a shopping cart with them wherever they go.
Paris: Hmmm no I don’t think so.
Hot and cool, but they force you to watch the bachelor before bed.
Paris: No way, I couldn’t do that.
Hot and cool, but they drink maple syrup at every meal.
Paris: I love maple syrup, so doesn’t seem like the weirdest condition to me. Down!
Hot and cool, but are deathly afraid of laundry machines
Paris: It’s not ideal, but if they’re hot and cool I think I could manage.
Hot and cool, but have to use money whenever they need paper.
Paris: If it doesn’t have to be my money than sure, why not?
Back to normal questions. What's your ideal date?
Paris: Nothing too intense- something with a chiller vibe. Maybe get a bottle of wine and do a picnic in a park? We have this really nice mountain in Montreal, that would be a great spot too.
What was the first dance you went to in high school?
Paris: I must have been about 13 or 14, one of my friends went to this all guys school and they had a dance with literally 3 other all girls schools. When he invited me, I was like totally! It was a blast. Probably one of the best parties I went to growing up.
What do you do to unwind?
Paris: One of the things I really enjoy currently is playing video games on my VR system at home. It’s a great way to take myself out of everything and chill out.
What was your favorite moment of the past year?
Paris: Making the music video for Keep Me Close. I had a lot of fun acting in it and coming up with the idea. Usually we’re just making music, but it was fun to combine music with another form of art.
Who was your favorite musician growing up?
Paris: Hard to pick one, but one of the most inspirational ones for me was Daft Punk. I was in love with their music, their sound, even their art. They had this movie called Interstellar 5555 that was featured on one of their first albums I thought was sick.
Who’s your favorite musician now?
Paris: At this moment, I have to go with Axwell. I think his stuff is top notch, and he’s recently collaborated on some great tracks as well. I remember seeing him when he came to Montreal when I was like 16, and he killed it. Seriously set the roof on fire- it was one of the best sets I’ve ever been to.
Song that gets you turnt in the club?
Paris: Anything by Axwell!
Favorite thing about being a DJ?
Paris: The fans. When you get on stage and perform, you get to share a very special moment with hundreds, maybe even thousands of people. Everyone is there to have a good time, and to feel that energy- share that energy, it’s amazing. For me that’s one of the best things not only about being a DJ, but also just life in general.
How would your friends describe you?
Paris: You’d have to ask them! But I think they’d describe me as outgoing and high energy. I’m pretty much always down to go out and do stuff.
Who do you look up to the most in the music industry?
Paris: Going to have to go with Axwell again, for me he’s just been killing it recently.
Ok, this section is called this or that. We’re going to say two things and you have to pick which you like more:
Paris: Let's do it.
So, Jurassic Park or Jaws?
Paris: Jurassic Park.
Soccer or Football?
Drake or Justin Bieber?
Hot tub or sauna?
Paris: Hmmm... Hot tub?
Lion or Tiger?
Vanilla or Chocolate?
Vegas or Ibiza?
Paris: That’s a tough one… Ibiza.
Ferrari or Lamborghini?
Salty or sweet?
Poutine or Maple Syrup? I think I know the answer to this one.
Paris: No, poutine man! I love poutine, especially from Montreal.
Walk the dog or mow the lawn?
Paris: Walk the dog.
Well done. Back to normal questions- If couldn’t be a musician, what would you be?
Paris: Dead. I’m joking! It would have to be something creative, maybe marketing?
What’s your morning routine like?
Paris: I wouldn’t say I have much of a routine, but I typically get up, have breakfast, check some emails, and from there get on with the rest of my day- meet people, head to the studio, etc. If it’s a down time I try and exercise, and if we’re on tour all bets are off- basically I get up whenever I must and sleep when I can.
Who’s your celebrity crush?
Haha what’s your favorite comedy movie?
Paris: I’m a big fan of Wedding Crashers, it’s a classic.
What are 3 things that on your bucket list?
Paris: Number 1 – Make a bucket list, Number 2 – make a bucket list, and number 3….
What do you say more often in life: yes or no? And why?
Paris: I’m going to go with yes. I’m more willing to try new things, which I think leads me to saying yes more.
Is there anything you regret not doing?
Paris: Eating my vegetables!
Favorite abbreviation (like AF or TTYL)
Paris: “U” instead of “you” because it saves me like 0.25 seconds every time I text it.
When do you sleep the best at night?
Paris: When I haven’t been traveling- jet lag sucks.
Which family member are you closest to?
Paris: All, but I’m going to go with my Dad.
What’s your favorite song to blast in the car?
Paris: Anything by Odesza, it’s nice to listen to something a bit different in the car.
What’s your spirit animal?
Paris: Ah I’m ready for this one- the Croctopus. It’s a cross between a crocodile and an Octopus, and has the best qualities of both.
Haha that is amazing. What’s your favorite website? (besides the Sahara Tent obviously)
Paris: I’m a big fan of Pornhub actually. Just kidding! I’d have to say Facebook, I definitely spend the most time on it.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Paris: Haha you know I can’t answer that!
Fair enough. Ok last one, where’s the coolest place you’ve been to this year?
Paris: I really enjoyed Bali. I went with a group of close friends almost a year ago, and it was a blast. The scenery, the people, the food, it was all really nice.
This interview has been edited and condensed.