Dancing With Paris
Over the past 20 months, Dancing With Paris has been making their mark in the Canadian Metal/Hardcore scene and the people are talkin’! Either it’s about their energetic live shows, the down to earth mentality the band posses, or the dedication they have for their ever-growing fan base. DWP is a band that is always giving back to their fans. It could be with an exclusive free download to an exclusive remix track, streaming their live shows or looking for feed back from the fans. Because in the end it all comes down to what they want.
So what’s happening lately?
Last weekend we just rapped up a Central Canada tour with the band Three Crowns, and the final date was at this years Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario. We have a week off then we are heading out on our third Easter Canada tour in support of our most recent release ‘The Drought’. So other then touring we haven’t had to much downtime in past couple of months, which has been great seeing that we all love seeing the Canadian landscape.
So what started all this, how long you been playing tunes together?
Like many other bands we came together when past bands fizzled out and we were looking to find some new people to jam with. We have been together since the beginning of 2009 and have been a strong unit ever since. We have only had to replace one guitarist, not because we didn’t see eye to eye but because he no longer enjoyed playing shows, and the amount of traveling we started to do. Which we all know being in a touring band isn’t for everyone.
Arguments, are they common during rehearsals?
Because we really only jam when we are working on a new set for tours we don’t argue at all, we more lovingly bicker at each other and that is only because we haven’t been stuck in a van together day after day. If there is an argument during rehearsals it’s over where a song should be placed in the set or why someone doesn’t want to play a certain song.
So why the name, what does it mean?
As unique as the name is, we have always gotten flack from the upper industry because they feel it isn’t a ‘metal’ band name. But fans seem to love the story hind the name, and they are the ones buying our music and merch so really it does come down to them.
The way Dancing With Paris came about was, Terrence (drums) and James (vocals) were at a strip club we the band first started to play together, and there was this one stripper names Paris that Terrence took a strong liking to and really wanted a lap dance from here. The only problem was she was bought out for the night by someone else. A couple weeks later the two went back to the strip club to see if Terrence would be able to get his dance, again Paris was brought for the night. Another week went by and they decided to head back once again, only this time when they got to the club they were told that Paris no longer worked there. So Terrence has yet to find Paris, so he dances with us every night instead. Hence Dancing With Paris.
Where do see the band in 5 years time?
5 yeas we would like to have a well established team/family around the band, from labels, management, agencies, and fans. With music being a full time job at that point in time, us as individual musicians and friends will be a lot stronger and maybe lead to new projects at this point in time.
What shows are coming up?
In April we are heading out on an Eastern Canada tour with the bands Beheading Of A King, and End Of Crisis. After that tour we have a little down time to start to mess around with some new tunes, and have a couple off dates with the up and coming band Obey The Brave. Come end of May/June we will be great up for a Western Canada tour and then hitting the festival circuit for the summer.
Any LP/EP ‘s coming out soon?
Last September we dropped out first full length album called ‘The Drought’ which debuted at #2 on iTunes Canadian Metal chart and stayed in the top 10 for the first week of sales. We have been out supporting this album for the past 6 months and during our down time from the road we have been starting to mess around with new material. Nothing that is scheduled for release yet, but we will be starting to shop the demo’s around to labels, and management.
Any video clips online we can check out?
We are working on a new full length music video, but we have been messing around with a couple play through videos, here are the links below:
Dancing With Paris – Brazen Bull Play Through
Dancing With Pairs – Down Time
Who is you’re fav band you’ve shared the stage with, so far?
We have lucked out with all the tours that we have been apart of thus far. It’s hard to pick one or two bands that have stood out the most for us. It’s always great sharing the stage with a group of guys that you have grown to respect in such a short time. When it comes to festivals that we have played and have had the opportunity to share the stage with bands like Protest The Hero, We Came As Romans, Cancer Bats, Stray From The Path the best part is always hanging with them afterwards and finding out what chill people everyone is.
Got just one funny story you care to share from the road?
We did invent this game called ‘Wet Sack’ It’s sort of like tag but with water. The way the game works is the person that was ‘it’ needs to strategically find a way to toss water on their victims crouch, making it look like they have peed their pants to some degree. Also there are no tag back, and if the ‘it’ person misses their victim or the victim, doges the water they are still it but don’t have to deal with the Wet Sack for a couple of hours. We also had it that the ‘it’ person was not allowed to be ‘it’ for more then 12 hours, keeping everyone on their toes for the full tour. It’s a great way to pass time and to get to really know the other band(s) you are on the road with.
What about an embarrassing one?
There really aren’t any embarrassing stories, if you ever get the chance ask John what the meaning to the song title ‘Lights To Lights’ that is off the new album that might embarrass him a bit.
So who writes the lyrics and what do you guys mainly sing about?
When it comes to writing lyrics James does most of this. As for what they are about it changes for every song. The tracks on the new album have themes about personal struggle, aspects of todays society, relationships, chasing after personal dreams, death, todays state of the music industry. James has never limited himself to one set lyrical theme.
Most people don’t like to be fit into a genre, but if you had to place your music in a CD shop, where would you put it?
Because we takes influences from all over, we have come up with this, when showing people the band and they ask us this. We’ll ask ‘Do you like heavy music?” When they say yes we explain that, on the new there a so many different genres/sub genres we messing around with, so if you are a fan of ANY type of heavy music you will like at least one song that we have written.
Is anyone in any other bands, are those bands similar in style?
Nope this is the only band that we are all in, this is all of our primary focus right now, and we don’t have time to get together and jam/tour in another band.
Got any shout outs you want to give?
Check out our fellow Canadians and friends in Structures, Three Crowns, Beheading Of A King, End Of Crisis and Courage My Love.