Where To Get Your Techno Music Experience In Paris

Where To Get Your Techno Music Experience In Paris


Photo of the entrance to Le Carmen Paris nightclub with its bright red neon sign

Techno music is a genre of music characterized primarily by electronic beats and songs without lyrics. Although there is a wide variety of techno music these days, my favorite is melodic techno. This type of music, as the name suggests, has "melodic" rhythms and melodies that are often distinct and easy to remember. Popular melodic techno artists include Ours , Biceps and Monolink.

Since moving to Paris for a year at the Panthéon-Sorbonne on August 1, 2022, I've been looking for good techno clubs and festivals in my new city with a focus on melodic techno. In this article I will introduce you to the most popular techno clubs in Paris and share my thoughts on them.

1. Zenith in Paris

Located in the green park of La Villette in the 19th arrondissement, the Zenith is a large concert hall that hosts many concerts every year. I went to this club to see one of my favorite melodic techno artists, Biceps. The concert hall held about 700 people, but it didn't feel overcrowded or crowded. The special effects used in the show were great and I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Zenith nightclub in Paris with pink and blue neon lights

2. Carmen

This is one of the "real" techno clubs I've been to. Located in the 9th arrondissement, close to Moulin Rouge and generally on the "alternative" side of Paris compared to London's Soho. This club has two floors; One of them is exaggerated for "pure" techno music without any melody, which can be a bit repetitive at times. On the first floor, however, techno music is played, with electronic and often melodic sounds as the night and the players take over.

What I really like about this club is the interior design (see photos below). The main hall gives the impression that you are having fun in an elite palace club. At the same time, the red light turns the room into a very cool "Berlin techno club" atmosphere, which reminds you of Berg.

Photo of Le Carmen nightclub in Paris with red light inside

3. Mirage Paris

Last but not least, my favorite is the Mirage Paris, located just off the Champs-Élysées near the 8th Arc de Triomphe . This club is known for hosting special DJs from Thursday to Sunday. This means that you will often be surrounded by a few young people in their 20s and 25s, not just for the club, but mostly for the DJ. It creates a great atmosphere in the club as everyone dances in front of the DJ and makes them appreciate the "art" of techno music.

The club itself has a very Japanese decor and uses red and blue lights like Le Carmen. However, unlike Le Carmen, Mirage Paris is more intimate as it cannot accommodate 80-100 people. That's why when I go to this club it's more of a private concert than a big club experience.

Photo: Mirage Paris nightclub with blue and red neon lights

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