Paris Saint-Germain’s brilliantly bizarre affiliation with a Phil Collins track that’s nearly 40 years old could paint a picture of a city whose musical tastes are stuck in the past. But the reality looks very different – it wasn’t by chance that the French capital gave the world Daft Punk, after all.
The Parisian music scene is rich and diverse, drenched in cool and powered by France’s eternally thriving domestic hip-hop market. Second only to the US worldwide, it has spawned homegrown heroes such as Booba, Ninho, Vald, PNL, Dadju and Niska. The latter has earned a celebrity superfan in Paul Pogba and was spotted hanging out with the World Cup winner following a 2019 gig in London (Serge Aurier and Patrice Evra were also reportedly in attendance).
Legendary Paris nightspots such as Supersonic, Maroquinerie, Le Trianon, Élysée Montmartre and the Bataclan form the backbone of a rock circuit still shaking off the cobwebs of two years of Covid restrictions. Further up the food chain, the city’s 40,000-capacity Paris La Défense Arena is the largest arena in Europe and the Parc des Princes welcomed the return of concerts with a show by Paris-born DJ Snake this summer.
Les Parisiens’ iconic footballers have provided ample subject matter for superstar songwriters too. Defender Thiago Silva was immortalised in the 2016 Dave and AJ Tracey grime banger of the same name, while none other than Kanye West referenced Lionel Messi on his track Off the Grid from 2021 album Donda (“They playin’ soccer in my backyard, I think I see Messi”).
Paris, lest we forget, is the city of love. And if music be the food of love, play on.