For our Finale, we have the versatile vocal stylings of Versailles and her song “Queen Of The Sinister Freaks”. I wanted to save this one for last because it reminds me of our Hostess of Horror, Emz!
Versailles is the solo project of Dianna St. Hilaire. Though she does write and produce all of her music, she said “I do have musicians play live with me though. Usually just a guitar player at this point. My amazing boyfriend Francis Gonzalez does my stage designs and is now helping me create the music video ‘Queen Of The Sinister Freaks’.”
Her publicist, Giddle Partridge, describes her music as “intoxicating, dark synth, sexual-based gloomy yet erotic adventure into an orchestra”. Diana described her style as “dark and melodic. I have very intense melodies. Some is intense piano almost a classical feel and others is a more darkwave sort of sound with lots of synths.” She has also been referred to as the “Gothic Tori Amos”, which is saying something, as personally I would consider Tori Amos’ music to be dark and gothic. (Don’t judge me.)
She wrote the song “Queen Of The Sinister Freaks” with Kim Fowley. “It means a lot to me because I consider Kim to be a very good friend and I haven’t co-wrote many songs in my life. Also because I am in the process of creating a new music video for the song and I want people to hear it. ‘Queen of The Sinister Freaks’ is a representation of me and my life in the way that Kim Fowley sees it.”
The name of her band has changed a little over time. “I love the name Versailles. It came to me years ago. At first I was Versailles’ Suicide. Which is probably more suiting, but in 2003 I changed it to Versailles. The reason behind the name was the history of King Louis. First of all I have relatives that fought for the Palace of Versailles. But my main interest was King Louis’ obsession with destroying the monarchy through social death.”
Diana has had the opportunity to tour and play her music at some gigs that stand out. “I’m based out of Los Angeles. This is not my hometown. I’m from Albuquerque, NM. I moved out to Los Angeles about 10 years ago to pursue music. I think living in LA has influenced my music a lot. I think that before I came here I was a bit of a newbie and I didn’t realize how far I could really take my music. LA has pushed me in so many ways to be a more competent artist. I have played throughout most of the US. Maryland, Savanna, NOLA, San Antonio, Houston, Lubbock, Austin, Albuquerque, Denver, Chicago Joplin and many others. I would sadly say that I have not played NEW YORK yet. I would love to play in New York! I have had some very interesting fans. I had a fan once drive from Mexico in the middle of the night to Hollywood just to see me play. I have had people bury their relatives with my music. Gigs that stand out to me would be my latest gig at Boardners bar in Hollywood. It was a beautiful night and I had quite an amazing stage set up thanks to Francis. People loved it. There were at least 100 people there which was great for a Tuesday night in Hwood.”
“Queen Of The Sinister Freaks” is one of the songs from her current album, Targets, produced by Kim Fowley. “I would say the opportunity to work with Kim Fowley was the inspiration on that one. How often is it that someone gets to work with a man like that? Also I just did a new music video for my song ‘Cold’. This was written and produced by me. This music video was inspired by my recent trip to Puerto Rico. Very excited about this. Beautiful place. The hardest part of creating my albums has been the mixing part. That part always drives me crazy. The most fun part is always the composition. I love creating new things. Creating an album makes me feel that I have accomplished what some people believe to be the impossible. There are people I’ve met that have been working on their albums for years. Right now I’m starting a new project and it is working with Dubstep. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while and finally have gotten the chance to do. It’s quite challenging thus far because it is something I’ve never worked with before.”
Diana has been playing music since she was a little girl. “I taught myself how to play piano and compose my own music at a very young age. I believe I was around 6 years old.” Music is only one part of her life. “I paint, I do acting. Right now I am trying to put my head around creating an iPhone app. Let’s just say I’ve finished the interface drawings. I do web programming and graphic arts. That would be about it. Oh and I like hiking and running.” She does also listen to some podcasts. “I have spent some time listening to the Darkest Hours and Stench Radio. There is also one called BlackRose Radio.”
What advice do she have for new bands? “Tour, tour tour. It is fun and worth it. More worth it than playing crappy dive bars in your home town.”
You can find her homepage at VersaillesBand.net, and find her music in all the usual haunts, like iTunes, CDbaby, as well as on services like Spotify, YouTube, and Geezer. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.