paris xy

Paris XY, who took their name from the 2001 film directed by and starring Zeka Laplaine, formed in March 2012. Their sound is very special; they combine vocal and guitar with live analogue synths, drum machines and pre-sampled atmospheric soundscapes, that makes them sound a lot like The Knife and Trentemoller. Find out more about the amazing duo and listen to their wonderful tunes.


Our names are James Orvis and Alice Smith but you might know us as Paris XY. We were born in the UK (Hull/Godmanchester) and grew up in Leeds. In our childhood our idols were Kurt Cobain and Blondie, because they were cool as fuck!
We met in Leeds at Aire Bar and Jim got sunburnt. In 2012 we decided to span genres and create soundscapes never heard before by Human ears (we hoped). Since then we attempted to conquer the north of England, not much dissimilar to a good game of Risk.

One of the best gigs we played was The Adelphi club in Hull for Halloween 2013. It was so much fun cause we were arseholed and so….. Everything sounded great (to us…).. One of the best gigs we have been to was Charmer supporting filthy boy at The Cockpit in Leeds. We loved Robert Galloways hair as it waffed around the stage and Ben Quimstanleys majestic turtle neck.


Now we live in Leeds with our bitches. (Alice’s boyfriend is in the band Dethroned….. He’s a mosher….). We meet every morning and discuss weird dreams we experienced through the night over a strong Coffee.
We sometimes argue when Jim adds claps into our music, but then he takes them out again and apologises.
We enjoy Chai Tea and Films featuring Denzel Washington or Nicholas Cage (especially when he loses his shit!!) a lot. We can spend hours heavily petting our cat Wolfey. One of our favorite places to visit is Hull, because it is the birth place of chip spice and Pattie Butties..On weekdays we make music and on weekends we usually play music.

Our favorite songs at the moment are Trentemoller – The very Last Resort and Fat White Family – Touch The Leather. Some films we watched lately and liked was Dallas Buyers Club, The Raid 1 and 2, Face off (again), 12 Years a Slave. The last series we watched and loved was Breaking Bad.

We are very inspired by German Electronica and Techno. Our dream is to create a massive library of original music and tour. Our worst nightmare is any outcome that results in not being able to create music. We love fast cars and hate not being able to drive. We are addicted to PHAT BEATZ, we just cannot stop dancing to PHAT BEATZ M8. We get totally fucked up, when we consume a bit of K mistakingly.

Local Suicide reminds us of a tiny baby Jesus.


Tomorrow we prepare for our tour of Germany. Next month we tour Germany, Netherlands and play UK festivals. Also in September we are on tour supporting Gus Gus.
Next year we release the album and return to Germany as an updated, bigger, better PXY.
In 10 years we hope to have a secluded studio and creative space in some woods by a lake.


If we weren’t musicians, we would be very very unhappy. If our lives were a Hollywood movie, Susan Boyle (Subo) and Susan Boyle (Subo) would have the main roles, because because Jim has a weird belly and Alice has a great voice. If we were a car, we would be a Delorian. If we were an animal, we would be a bat. If we were a drug ,we would be a really freaky LSD trip. If we were an invention, we would be a time machine. If we were an object, we would be Miley Cyrus. If we could date ourselves, we just wouldn’t.

If we could play with anyone it would be Thom Yorke and Green. We would like to collaborate with Nicolas Jaar.

If we had only one wish, it would be to never have to work again. We would never write a happy pop song song, because It would be shit!


Our word of advice to the reader would be to take every word we’ve said seriously.


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