Paco Versailles see “Black And White”
Charming duo Paco Versailles get ready to share their new single “Black and White”. Paco Versailles, led by Vahagni and Ryan Merchant (of Capital Cities), spent 2019 creating and establishing their original sound, an elegant blend of Flamenco, Dance and Pop music. Produced with intelligent yet witty craftsmanship, the luminous duo have coined the genre Dancemenco.
“Black and White” opens with a unique Bossa Nova feel and clever lyricism. Merchant sings, “straight out of the womb like a ballon,” to introduce a journey covering a lifespan from birth until death. As the piece progresses, musical detours accompany the narrative. Echoes of Andalusia can be heard within its instrumental interludes and chorus, while a Parisian French Touch provides the foundation that carries the story.
Paco Versailles’ sonic language, Dancemenco, is a reflection of Vahagni’s mastery and knowledge of Flamenco guitar and compostion paired with Ryan’s singular voice as a songwriter and vocalist. The new genre comes to life in a powerful live show that mixes electronic elements, live musicianship and traditional Flamenco dancing. If you haven’t already heard about this infectious duo (led by Vahagni and Ryan Merchant), it’s just a matter of time before they’re topping charts everywhere. They were recently highlighted on The Joe Rogan Experience when they topped Hype Machine’s Popular Charts with their previous releases.
Paco Versailles first crossed paths back in 2016 when Vahagni joined Ryan’s band Capital Cities as lead guitarist on a number of tours. The kindred spirits quickly became friends, discovering a shared outlook on life and art and a deep appreciation for Spanish culture. Through subconscious co-creation, the seeds of Dancemenco were planted and in 2019, Paco Versailles was born. The name Paco Versailles was conceived while imagining a collaboration between the duo’s biggest influences – the legendary Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia and French electronic artists Daft Punk and Air, both products of the Parisian suburb of Versailles.