Paris created Baby Black Panda to facilitate his involvement with production, publishing, marketing,
promotion and distribution of music, film and culture.
“From a very young age I remember my father working at TV and radio stations, he would bring home vinyl records and gave me my very first record, “The Archies”, when I was 5 years old. I have vivid memories of that green apple logo used by The Beatles for their Apple Records label spinning on my father’s turntable. I have loved music ever since”
Paris worked as a college radio DJ at KTEQ, on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1986.
“I hosted a show once a week but switched off every week between 2 shows with friends, which allowed me to play reggae on one program called “Macka Splaff” and the other show called “The Rasta Party” featured a mix of punk, ska, new wave, alternative, basically anything that caught my ear.”
The Real World
After college, a career designing and selling air pollution control equipment sidelined Paris’ involvement with music for many years aside from attending numerous live shows and trips to the local record stores for additions to his vast personal music collection. In recent years Paris has been more involved with music and film.
“I had been helping friends get their music out as executive producer for a few projects and having always loved film began attending the South Dakota Film Festival (SDFF). In order to become more involved with both mediums I begin taking an active role in promoting live music shows and making financial contributions to film projects. I love all these artists and want to see them succeed”
First Music Project
“My brother Brooks played drums for an Austin band “Joe West & The Sinners”. I have been a fan of Joe’s from the beginning and was thrilled to reissue his Americana cult classic “Jamie Was a Boozer” as Baby Black Panda’s first official music project.”
First Film Project
“Through the SDFF I met Andrew Kightlinger who is extremely passionate about filmmaking; I know he has a bright future ahead of him and wanted to help with an early short film project “Destroyer” which starred Alan Ruck who is well known for his role as Ferris’ pal Cameron in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. While in the Black Hills on a family vacation I met filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson who was preparing to bring the much loved Native American novel “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” to the big screen. I loved Steven’s project and signed on as an Associate Producer.”
One Thing Leads To Another
Involvement with all of these projects led to the next logical step of creating Baby Black Panda, a media company that can promote and market all of these projects, and produce even more. Also, a publishing arm Baby Black Panda BMI was established.
“The latest project is a vinyl only reissue of one of my favorite reggae LPs from my days on college radio, the roots reggae classic “Travel With Love” by Justin Hinds and the Dominoes. The master tapes included 3 tracks which were not on the original release of which 2 had never been released to the public, all of which will be included on this 30th Anniversary Edition being released as a double album at 45 RPM on 200 gram vinyl to maximize the sound quality of this musical gem.”