We had the good fortune of connecting with Paco Versailles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paco, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
We think risk is an inevitable thing when it comes to music. Every time you put yourself out there and pour your thoughts and emotions into a piece of music, you always risk possible criticism by your fans or the industry, which at times can be very demotivating. However, it’s something you habituate too, and ultimately the way of life for an artist. We take risks with our music all the time. We write in a very un conventional style and never try to fit a mold or think too much about what is popular at the moment. We make music that we feel is honest and genuine regardless of how it will be perceived. It might not be the safest route, but we feel that its the most rewarding.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We’ve coined the term “Dancemenco” to describe our sound. It’s a fusion of flamenco guitar rhythms with pop-leaning dance elements. The goal is to write songs that make people dance, yet have a certain gravitas because of their lyrical content and the connection with flamenco traditions. Our goal is to release a song every month, which we’ve done so far. Beyond that, we are very excited to get back into playing live shows, which is where we shine the most. One lesson we’ve learned over the years is that people respond to authenticity. When you try to chase a sound because it’s trendy or popular, it brings a certain kind of success but maybe not the type you want. People love originality and a “point of view” in art. That’s why some artists can actually be technically not very great, yet they still make very compelling music. We’ve also learned that worrying about the gatekeepers in a particular field is pointless. Just do good work, try to get it out there and focus on the fans.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We both have a deep love for LA. Its one of the most diverse cities in the world with so much to offer. We can start with the beaches and make our way up from Venice beach to Santa Monica, Malibu then Zuma. Each of these beach communities have their own little culture and energy to them. In Venice, enjoy good coffee and eateries on Abbott Kinney, then walk over to the beach for live music, roller skaters, drum circles and then do a few pull ups at the world famous muscle beach. Taking a quick bike ride or a Lime scooter up to Santa Monica pier will give us some reason to work off all the goodies we ate in Venice and it’s a great way to experience the coast. After a brief walk around to 3rd street and the Santa Monica pier, off to Malibu. Apart from being incredibly beautiful and lush, Malibu is a great place to explore for its hiking trails and scenic routes. There is some great surfing and a very laid back vibe to the place. After a stroll through the Adamson house and garden, we can shoot up to Zuma where the beaches are less crowded and just as beautiful. Now would be a great time to take a power nap and watch the sunset on the beach. Now we are ready to head back to the city and get ready for a night out. Time to explore some culture. In Little Armenia (Hollywood) we would grab a snack called the Ponchik, its a cream or Nutella filled dough with powdered sugar and should give us a nice boost for what’s to come and increase the serotonin for a good night. In Downtown LA we can experience amazing food in Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Koreatown. We would have to flip a coin to decide as there are so many amazing restaurants. Ending the night with some good Jazz music and drinks at the Blue whale or stopping by one the underground after hour hangs is the way to go. Other activities and hangs: Sushi – LA has the best Sushi in the country in our opinion. Some of our favorites are Sushi Yuzu in Taluca Lake, Sushi Gen in Downtown and The sushi bar in the Valley. Mediterranean food – Mantee in studio City is a must. If you like flavor, this place will hit the spot. Their signature dish the Mantee is what they are known for, also the baked feta is extremely addicting. Mexican food – Taco trucks all the way! Many cities have food truck nights in LA. Something to defiantly explore. You can grab little bites of many different things as you make your way through the streets bursting with smells of mouth watering cuisines. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Paco de Lucia and Daft Punk