WHO ARE HOTEL RADIO PARIS?
With contributions from Maxime Bony, Natas3000, Blakhat, Noir Divine and many others.
DM’S CHATS WITH HOTEL RADIO PARIS
In 2016, there was a need for a platform for free speech on the radio scene in Paris. I want Hotel Radio Paris to become a rocket launch platform, where people use it as training facility to experiment, try new stuff, get better at it, and then leave me to become stars.
What motivates you to unearth local sounds and provide a platform for the city’s DJs and creatives?
Because I wished it existed when I was younger. Back then we had no idea. You could be a producer, a radio host, or a singer, and you wouldn’t know what else was going on. We are the hub for all those future talents.
If you had to define the ethos of Hotel Radio Paris, what would it be?
It’s a platform for free speech, it’s open to everyone and we’re here to let the music play.
During the first lockdown we only did pre-recorded shows, but the second one we had one live show per day alongside pre-recorded shows from all over the world.
Paris has always been home to a huge variety of thriving subcultures, but what is so exciting about the underground creative scene at the moment?
We love music here. French music has always been rich because of all the influences the country has. In Paris, it changes really quickly. The kids from the suburbs are completely reinventing the French culture by mixing it with their roots. That mix is what’s cool in Paris and its music.
If this zine displayed one thing about Paris’ creative scene, what would you want that to be?
Resilience. A zine is the perfect way to show this to the world. It’s like a picture in a way, it freezes a moment.
Being able to express yourself without boundaries.
What are the challenges with running Hotel Radio Paris? And how can people support you?
It’s an expensive thing to run because Paris is an expensive city, and I cannot run the station by myself. Everyone’s support is so important to helping us continue championing local music. The way to support is to buy some merch, spread the word on social media or just tune in and listen to the music.