Young and Rambunctious: An Interview with Paris Aden
Written by Dulce Mercado
From the city that put Houston on the map and made the Dirty South Sound, Port Arthur resident Paris Aden, better known as Paris F*CKING Aden, talks to us about her upcoming to producing music at age 14, what inspires her style, the 2007 movement and some sneak peaks on what she has coming in the future.
Aden started producing at 14-years-old just messing around doing random things for entertainment. When Aden first came up with “Paris Aden,” Aden was a masked artist. She didn't want to be known, didn't and still doesn't want to be famous. She was a masked artist the kept people thinking. "Keeping people thinking" is something that she lives by and preaches.
“Keep people thinking, they’ll think for themselves finally, and they'll start trying new things,” she glorifies.
When she noticed that her music had something exceptional to it she decided to step it up a notch and start taking it more serious. By the time she turned 15, she had developed her craft and sound inspired by rock music.
Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne were her biggest inspirations in aggregating rock and metal into her beats.
“I take trap beats and crank them b*tches up on some rock type sh*t, rockstar shit” Aden excitingly mentioned.
Talking about “rockstar sh*t” we discussed this “rockstar lifestyle” that many artists and people try to mimic in this era.
“No originality, no culture, some dam fools,” she said in annoyance.
Many people want to have the lifestyle of a rockstar but no-one really knows much about the origin of it or what it actually is. As Aden mentioned, the majority of those whom claim to live this lifestyle really are only wave riding and lack originality.
“I don’t like being average,” she says, “I never fit in anyways.”
“Everybody wants to be somebody else, they want to be part of the music scene.”
But to her it is something important. It is what inspired her to produce music and mix the rock and metal sound with sounds that the youth likes to listen to.
Not only does she builds on rock music, she also likes to add in electronic EDM sounds, something that she describes as “dark ass sh*t.”
To her when she is producing something she likes to think of it as a movie. She wants to make you feel the music and have your emotions rushing when you listen to her productions.
“I want it to feel like you’re fucking insane!” she said in such desire.
Another thing that Aden attaches to her beats is “ignorant clips.” Ignorance is also something that she seems to have high value of. She considers herself to be “ignorant as f*ck,” but more on a bright side. She enjoys standing out and not fitting in. She likes to wear ski goggles, bright pants and have her hair in a puff ball. She literally does not give one f*ck about anything.
“I don’t like being average,” she says, “I never fit in anyways.”
Aden brought up a track she titled “Don Juan DeMarco” because of the comedy-drama movie with Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp. It’s these kind of things that she likes to make a part of her music because it's who she is as a person and what she enjoys. She mentioned how that song has the perfect base drop and was 15-years-old when she created it. But she’s pretty hesitant about releasing it because she likes to keep her gems for herself. She will not drop her golden records due to people stealing her music but also the fear of getting her craft stolen.
Not only does she praise her outstanding productions, she also evaluates and gives herself constructive criticism. For example, we talked about the beat titled “2 phones 2 hoes” and she described how she was “just sitting there, no idea, and I made some weak ass trap sh*t. I don't know how that’s the most played because its the least creative; everyday type trap sh*t, but its trash.” Critiquing yourself is key to progression and she has that locked down already.
Something that is crucial and stands out about Aden is that she is able to see sound. She can see a c5 pitch; she can feel it. She says that everybody could probably see music also if they would pay attention.
With such intellectuality, it is evident as to why Aden has worked with other great sources such as Houston emcee WhyJae and has future work coming with Wes Blanco and some other secrets I am not allowed to mention just yet! But she does have some exciting work coming.
Some of the people she would like to get on her beats are Dex, J $tash, Bucket Head, Fat Nick, Pouya and of course the Gods Ozzy Osbourne and Marilyn Manson.
Aden believes that she is the future and a role model. She wants to inspire and to show people the other side. Show them the difference between a regular life vs. seeing more than we do. Her goals are, and I quote, to “act a dam fool, blossom and inspire everything and everyone. Inspire to get the, thinking, think about what you want to do.”
She encouragingly said in such a profound tone, “NEVER SET A STANDARD, HIT YOUR STANDARDS AND GO HIGHER ALWAYS SET A HIGHER BAR SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE MORE.”
One thing for sure is that she does not follow the crowd. Her joyfulness and energy will make her stand out in a crowd of a thousand. She doesn't get involved with drugs or alcohol because it may impair her vision and memory.
“I like to see everything and remember,” she says.
Which is quite funny because she mentioned how when she was a toddler she remembers members of UGK, such as Pimp C, coming over to her place and having the dinner table filled with marijuana. Her mom used to be an affiliate of the UGK group as a rapper. Makes sense where she picked up the craft from.
2007 seems to be a very important year to her. 07’ is also the year that Pimp C passed away and his legacy has lived through. Aden holds this time close to her heart because Port Arthur are where her roots are.
“We invented that sh*t,” she says. “Bang in our trunk, we made grills, swang, everyone used to meet at Rose Hill Park and had a car show with swanging,” she reminisces.
However, she did bring into light how nobody knows about Port Arthur anymore and how their culture is lost. Nonetheless, this is what is motivating Paris to stand up and make a change to bring back the shine into her city.
“I’ma advance that sh*t, I’ma add that modern to it,” she visions herself, “taking the culture and advancing it but keeping the culture, never forget.”
It’s relatively rare to meet such young and bright people but Aden is one of a kind. She never likes to plan anything because she believes that her randomness is what cultivates her ideas, as well as being immediate. The immediacy is what gets her going; it gives her an adrenaline rush that flows through her body and mind and that’s how she creates.
Some words of advice from Mrs. Paris F*cking Aden: WEAR DEODORANT, DON’T SPEED, AND SET THAT B*TCH OFF! GO THE F*CK OFF, DO WHAT THE F*CK YOU WANNA DO, DO EVERYTHING YOU WANNA DO, SAY WHAT YOU WANNA SAY, SOMEBODY GONNA F*CK WITH IT!