Interview with Paris Luna
Atlanta based Paris Luna is a pop singer influenced by diverse artists like Cindi Lauper, Sting, Prince, Sarah McLachlan, & Fleetwood Mac.
QRD – How do you turn music mode on & off in your relationship with each other? Or do you find yourself pretty constantly collaborating on music even if it’s songs about cooking?
Paris – Ha-ha, no songs about cooking that’s for sure. We do constantly talk about music & I am always sitting down at the piano in our living room while he tells me if I have a good riff or not. :)
QRD – How has your music changed by having someone you’re romantically involved with working with you?
Paris – Well by marrying the drummer I changed very quickly from a coffee shop sound to more of a full bodied sound. I tell him all the time I married a metronome.
QRD – How do you keep things professional rather than getting personal in the band? Like not letting being upset that someone’s not doing their house chores spill into band practice?
Paris – We were best friends for a very long time before ever dating & we act more like friends while performing than lovers. So a lot of people can’t even tell we are a couple.
QRD – Do you think working musically together increases the strength of your relationship?
Paris – Yes, very much. Sometimes it’s hard to tell someone all of the deep feelings you have about a moment or about them. When you write music together, all the notes & words coming together from the both of you & it almost takes a snapshot… then every time you play it on stage its like your little secret. :)
QRD – Do you think the music ever suffers because of your relationship?
Paris – I really don’t. It only gets better being in a romantic couple.
QRD – Do you try to curb lyrical content to or away from things in your relationship?
Paris – Not really. I use a lot of things that have happen to us to write upon… even our old relationship stories.
QRD – A lot of families kind of look down on musicians as immature, do you find that going out with another musician has eased relationships with your parents or in-laws?
Paris – Well actually I did pharmaceutical sales before quitting to do music full time & my mother was a pianist so she is super supportive. Kane has played drums since he was 14 in clubs & he is also an engineer. Hopefully we have respect from both sides. :)
QRD – Which came first the musical collaboration or the relationship & do you feel that at this point that you could have one without the other?
Paris – The musical collaboration actually came first. I told him he had good chops & he ditched all the other girls. He-he-he. The music doesn’t hold the love together, but it is both of our deep passions.
QRD – How do things work with band members besides the two of you to get the same level of connectivity while playing your music?
Paris – My lead guitar player is truly like my brother; we have been together in the band for 3 or more years so we have a great relationship. Bass players I have not had much luck with.… He-he-he, I have been through 5 music divorces with them so far. :)
QRD – Do you find music related gifts to be romantic or more like giving someone an appliance?
Paris – I LOVE THEM!!! I just got a 1903 Krell piano for Christmas & it was one of the most romantic gifts... just because of all the research that he did to get just the perfect one to make me smile. I am still smiling!
QRD – The musician life style has an inherent lack of financial security & healthcare. Do you find yourself thinking, “How can we start a family & continue our musical careers?”
Paris – Luckily we have a great booking agent & Kane’s engineering job, so we are not on welfare & peanut butter yet… some days close... but it’s worth it!!! Not many people can share such an amazing thing together & love every minute. We are blessed!
QRD – Do you ever switch off instruments to give each other ideas?
Paris – Sometimes…. Kane’s always mad because I have never played drums & I can sit down & rock out on them (as long as its an AC/DC style beat). He-he-he & he will sometimes pick up my guitar or play on the piano & mix notes that I would never think to & I will end up writing a song. That’s what happened on my song “Can’t hardly wait” from City Lights.
QRD – A lot of people say they feel most spiritually connected to another person is when they’re on stage & the set is working. Is this what you find & how does this energy flow into your romantic relationship?
Paris – That is so true. I always joke & say that that was like making love on stage & when we are all in time & all goes perfect it is definitely a turn on!! Or when he hits some wild beat that is different than the norm. :)
QRD – Some couples start to get seen as a unit with one member as dominant. Do you ever want to get one of you more recognition?
Paris – Yes, sometimes I wish we could sit Kane’s drumset up front stage & put me in the back. He is such a great drummer & I want people to watch his hands & moves & how he plays bare foot. It’s amazing!!
QRD – Do you feel a need to have separate projects where you just work on your own?
Paris – Nope I love how we work, just love it!!
QRD – Musicians often run into fans with crushes, is there a secret to recognizing when something is getting inappropriate instead of being band promoting?
Paris – We always try to hide that we are together & the best was one night in Knoxville I was between sets & putting on lipstick in the girls bathroom when this girl was talking to a friend & she was like, “I am going home with the drummer, he is so hot.” I just kept primping & when we finished the show Kane kissed me to let me know how good I did & she just looked like, “Damn it! I wasted the whole night booty shaking for you & everything!” He-he-he, it was cute. I like it that girls dig him. I always get the drunk guys that wanna spill beer on my keys. :)
QRD – Any advice for other musician couples?
Paris – Rock On. :) It’s an amazing journey & to not have to leave anyone at home while you tour is a true blessing... you see the world together!! So appreciate every minute.