DJ, painter and fashion it-girl Inès Mélia is the epitome of Parisienne chic. With an ear for music and an eye for style, Inès has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Read on to learn more about her musical expertise, fashion inspiration and wanderlust lifestyle.
On your career…
How did you get started in the music industry?
When I was studying art in Paris, I was also DJing for fun. It started at my friend's place spinning records, and in tiny bars in Paris. Then brands started asking me to DJ for their after parties. I couldn’t imagine it would become my main job.
How long have you been DJing?
I’ve been DJing for 8 years now!
In addition to DJing, you also do sound design. For those of us that aren’t familiar, can you explain the difference?
It’s different and very complementary in a way. Sound design is about inventing a narrative by building a musical atmosphere that is highlighting what is invisible - the influence of a collection for example. It’s a work that remains in the background when DJing is much more on the front line.
Do you prefer one to the other? Why?
I couldn’t choose, but I find it more and more interesting to do musical research and create unique sound experimentation's.
What is the most memorable event/show that you have DJ’d?
There are a lot, but recently I DJ’d at my friend Valentine's wedding (she is an illustrator and photographer) and that is one of the best memories!
What is your favorite event/show that you have created sound design for?
Last July, Chanel asked me to create the music for their high jewelry show that was inspired by Coromandel screens. The idea was to create a musical breath to capture the sparkle of the stones.
You have played at some of the best Parisian clubs…where is your favorite place to play?
At Les Bains, in the restaurant. I organize a party every month called Shifumi with one of my friends. The concept is a DJ battle with DJ’s that are not necessarily professional. It’s pretty fun!
Where (or from whom) do you find inspiration for your music?
I love to go to Smallville a very cool record store in Paris (Rue du Château d’Eau). Jacques, the owner, is the best!
If you weren’t DJing, what would you be doing?
Painting, but I already do that too…so why choose?
When you’re not creating sounds, you’re creating art. When did you start painting?
I started painting as a child in the South of France.
What inspires your paintings?
My abstract work is an evocation of my childhood memories. The use of paper and wood evoke my first aesthetic experiments and my attraction to the beauty of imperfect and incomplete things. I'm having my first solo exhibition on November 13th - it's about an initiatory experience in the Agafay Desert (a stone desert in Morocco).
Outside of Paris, where is your favorite place to DJ?
What is your favorite Parisian neighborhood?
The 10th, which is my neighborhood. I love it because you have everything you need: great food, shops, restaurants, bars...
Is there anywhere that you would consider Paris’ ‘best kept secret’?
Sorry, I keep it a secret ;)
Favorite bars/restaurants in Paris?
Les Bains - the best cocktail bar in Paris in my opinion. Tripletta - in Belleville, run by my friend Greg. It is one of my favorite pizzerias in Paris. Baba - a new restaurant in le Marais, a very central area, where you can eat Mediterranean food and drink good wine from all over the world.
Where do you love to vacation?
In Morocco, at my fathers place, next to Essaouira.
Where have you not yet been, but are dying to go?
I would love to do a photo safari in Kenya.
Is there a piece of clothing or accessory you can’t travel without?
Describe your style in one sentence.
Classic but not boring!
Favorite fashion week show or event you’ve attended this season?
The Chanel fashion show at le Grand Palais.
What is your winter styling must-have?
A big wool coat.
Favorite season to dress for?
I would say winter - I love turtlenecks.
What is your fashion mantra?
Don’t take it seriously, it’s only fashion!
Where do you look for style inspiration?
Instagram, and my girlfriends.
Best piece of advice you ever received or would give?
“What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.” Jean Cocteau
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