Currently blessing the world with their exquisite new single "When Your Heart Is A Stranger," electronic duo Friends In Paris have plenty more on the horizon in terms of new music. We got speaking to the widespread duo about their sounds and more.
First things first, please tell us a little about yourselves… who are you and where are you currently based?
I'm Kris, the voice in the project. I live in Western Australia just outside of Perth, where I moved about 6 years ago. I'm originally from Essex/East London.
My name is Jeroen currently living in Brussels.
How long have you been making music as a duo? What made you first want to write it?
Kris - We began working together just prior to our first release "Waiting" at the tail end of 2013, so 4 years or just under. "Waiting" was the first track we worked on together. For myself, I needed a change of scenery with my writing so decided to write something with my old Roland MC307 instead of starting from the guitar. I was really inspired by the potential in what I’d stumbled on and when Jeroen came on board things got really exciting!
What do you enjoy most about having music as your careers?
Kris - I’m not sure I can call music my career. Music is a constant in my life. It’s always there for me, but I actually don’t make a living from it right now - it’s just this amazing thing that I live and breathe, that occupies my mind when I meant to be concentrating on other things.
Jeroen - Emotions are so specific but music is the abstract translation of that. A translation everybody can understand, no matter what background or what story. The most beautiful thing about music is that it unifies people. Therefore i see music as some sort of religion, or maybe even better, the perfect alternative.
Where do you mostly draw your inspiration? How would you describe your trademark Friends In Paris sound to those who haven’t heard it yet?
Kris - Inspiration comes from everywhere. I was recently inspired by the sound my studio door made when opening it and great song came from that. If I had to define some specifics for Friends In Paris I’d say the inspiration mostly comes from a desire to create a sound that looks to the future, that sounds really fresh but remains timeless while still having it’s feet rooted in the wealth of great music that’s inspired us over the years.
Jeroen - Yes indeed, classic songwriting wrapped in a hype production. Like sushi. The basic ingredients are just high quality rice and fish, but its cleverly wrapped!
You’ve just released the stunning “When Your Heart Is A Stranger” and we love it! How long did you work on it for? Are you happy with the final result?
Kris - The main body of the song came quite naturally. It was written amongst a bunch of other tracks over a few days in the studio. It was one of those gems that just seemed to write itself. Once the skeleton of the song had been recorded, the parts were sent over to Jeroen in sunny Belgium and within days a bounce came back with his input and we both felt we had something! Prior to the release, we then came together in Australia for 2 weeks to put the finishing touches to this and some other tracks. Are we happy with the final result? I think we’re both really proud of what we’ve achieved together here.
Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/years?
We’ve been playing around with lots of different vibes and have plenty we want to explore, so expect to see some different moods from us in the future.
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?
Kris - That’s not an easy one to answer - so many I could mention for different reasons. Can I have a time machine and work with a young Liam Howlett in the late 80s to early 90s period? There’s something inspired about The Prodigy at that time. I’d love to see that magic happen.
Jeroen - There's so many people i would like to work with. That's such an impossible question. Daft Punk would be fun to work with i think! Those guys got me into electronic music. And for vocal I would choose to produce a beat for Rihanna. I love her voice and attitude.
What do you have coming up next in 2017? Are there any more releases in the pipeline you can share with us yet?
We aren’t at liberty to share anything right now but we do have an EP on the horizon which will be out soon!