Paris Jones

Paris Jones

 Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
BandHip HopR&B

Paris Jones is a 19 year old artist/producer from Los Angeles, Ca. He is a hip hop artist that is influenced by Kanye West, Jay-Z, Wale, Pharrell, Tupac, Pac Div, and Kid Cudi. His music is refreshing and innovative.

Biography

MESHCULTURE.COM PARIS JONES INTERVIEW

“My talent is the product of hard work since I was 13 years old and a love for music”

Paris Jones is a rapper producer from across the pond in America. He is currently gaining more and more fans daily, especially since people began to link him with Kanye West's 'GOOD' music label. MeshCulture is extremely excited to present a world exclusive interview for us to learn more about the rapper who is being described as a young Kanye West.

Who are your influences musically?

I consume so much music that it's hard to say. But my main influences are Cold Play, The Beatles, Jay Z, Club Feet, Kanye West, Passion Pit, Cam'ron, Oasis, J Dilla, and Mike Snow to name a few.

It is clear you’re an extremely talented producer. How does it make you feel when people put you on the same pedestal as Kanye West and claim that you should be part of GOOD music?

It's humbling. Kanye has always been someone I look up to. When I was 17 I locked myself in my room for an entire summer making 3 beats a day. I gained 30 lbs and my basketball coach wasn't happy about that. I say that so people don't think that what I have is natural ability. My talent is the product of hard work since I was 13 years old and a love for music. So when people say, I'm "GOOD Enough", than I'm just thankful and it pushes me to work harder.

To make ‘Popular’ at the age of 19 is by no mean feat. How long have you been making beats?

I've been producing music since I was 13. I started playing drums when I was 6 in church and started DJing when I was 11 years old. I've always been creating music.

Winter is another song of yours I’m really enjoying at the moment. I also love the video and the simplicity of it. The video does a great job of explaining the song, which isn’t your simple love song. Can you tell us more about the song?

Winter is actually about myself. It's about me battling myself about wanting to live a normal life or a "Hollywood" life. Winter represents the normal life. You know, wife and kids with a white picket fence. Summer represents the Hollywood life, the Rolling Stone type where you never have place to lay your head. Just traveling and performing. Glitz and glamour.

I’m not going to lie, the F.A.F snippet I heard was crazy. I’m not forcing a buzz but this is good music. Great sample, great lyrical content and very nice flow. Can you tell us more about F.A.F?

First it stands for FAKE ASS FRIENDS. The song came about after I released the 50 Ways video. When I was in High School people told me that my music sucked and that the world would never hear my music. Fast forward 3 years. After they saw the video and actually listened to my stuff they jumped on a bandwagon. But I have a small group of friends who always believed in my ability and has always pushed me to be a better artist.

It is clear that your music promotes a ‘mesh’ vibe. You have samples ranging from Elton John to Mike Snow. After hearing exclusives samples such as Clubfeet and Oasis it’s clear you have a very wide variety in music. Do you think it’s important today that people have an open ear and don’t enclose themselves too much to one style, whether that be music, or culture in general? And if so, why?

From a personal standpoint I think it's vital to the growth on an individual to be open minded towards other styles of music and culture. You open yourself up to numerous new experiences and the ability to make friends easier when you do so.

From an artistic stand point it's extremely healthy. I think artist who have longevity are the ones who are open minded and innovative. You can't survive on the same sound past 5 years. Look at the artist who are making music now and had a hit 5 years ago. Most of them are finding it hard to stay relevant. Kanye and Jay have both been innovative enough to stay relevant. That's what artist have to do, they need to be innovative. To do that, you need to listen to diverse sounds and music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

My team and I do have a master plan. I'm not going to disclose it all here. But I'm blessed to have the management I have. They have different strengths that allow them to work real well together to create some great things for me. I'm blessed to have the team I have. And because of the hard work we put in I know in 5 years I'll have millions of fans across the world.

All I can say is I'm extremely excited. I suggest you all keep tabs on Paris Jones. This kid is going places.

Music Videos:
Paris Jones ft April Kelly - "Winter"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEMo01CvMXo&hd=1

Paris Jones ft Kid Cudi - "50 Ways"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFF7TJB3RQ8&hd=1

Paris Jones ft April Kelly - "Popular"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkleb92Udqs&hd=1


Some Media Links:
http://clementco.com/blog/index.php/2010/05/paris-jones/
http://meshculture.com/blog/?p=4225
http://www.hiphoprec.com/blog/paris-jones-exclusive

Discography

you can check out his new mixtape here: (he produced every track but 3)
http://www.bit.ly/parisjonessc
Download: http://www.bit.ly/frompariswithlove

and his older mixtape here: (he produced every track but 1)
http://bit.ly/japan2parismixtape

Set List

15min Set
30min Set
45min Set
1hr Set