Versailles. “I’m lying down like I’m sleeping but my eyes are slightly open, as if to say I’m hardly there, just barely able to look back on all I’m singing about and keep going. I love performing these songs live, but I think their greater impact will be in a more intimate place, where a listener who is hurting can be alone with the emotions I am expressing. My hope is that people out there will hear these, connect with them and understand where I have been. If I can in any way help them to ease their pain and feel better about their own lives, I think I’ve achieved my goal of helping people heal through the power of music.”
Versailles brings what some have described as an “intoxicating, dark synth, sexual-based gloomy yet erotic adventure into an orchestra led by Versailles’ brilliant ringleader, Ms. St. Hilaire, which leaves the listener eager for more.” Versailles is one of the best upcoming artists of the evolution of the future of music. Often referred to as the “Gothic Tori Amos,” Dianna has delved into writing songs that blend Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Lykki Li, Foster The People, and Madonna.
Versailles has attracted international interest via radio, film and live performances. Versailles has toured nationally, playing with artists including Ego Likeness, Voltaire, New Model Army, Chant, and Bella Morte. Versailles was most recently in the indie film “Black Room Doom,” written by notorious psycho Svengali producer Kim Fowley, who has co-written/produced songs for Kiss, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Helen Reddy, and the first all-female rock band, The Runaways. Versailles is also featured on the score for upcoming UK production of Rob Hurtt’s “ Weir Inn Estate.” In 2011 Versailles also charted on Billboard for the song “Fade”off the Broken Dolls CD.
The songs are dark and ominous, yet fun and inviting–Synthpop sounds with distinct melody lines and aggressive orchestrations. Songs encompass a wide variety of subject matter, including love, vampires, war, the human soul, strength, and struggle. Now bringing light into the ashes, and determined through music to guide the lonely and heartbroken out of the abyss.
Versailles was on the ballot for the 55th Grammy Awards for her album “Pages” that you can find on iTunes. The album pages combines songs from many years of Versailles progression as an artist. The latest song “Cold” being the 8th track on the album is currently in production for a new music video. The album can be downloaded on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pages/id556167047
For 2013 Versailles released an album with Kim Fowley, yes that’s right, Kim Fowley. This album is called Targets.
“The “Targets” album by Versailles, covers such topics as Older Women Chasing Younger Men, Spiritual Searches, Outer & Inner Body Remakes, Female Excitement, Human Happiness, The Love Of Dancing, Teen Queen Heartbreak, Drama Queen Mystery, Ugly Guy Revelations, Medical Madness, Video Game Adventures and Dating Heartbreak.
Elements of Pop Music/Bubble Gum/Euro Rock & Pop/Piano School/ Far East Moods/ Tragic Dance Floor/Culture Break Down/Bad Girl Confessions/Ugly Guy Pain/Hospital Breakdowns/Cyber Space Cops and Robbers Chasing & First Love Farewells. ..is what the Mood/Music sounds like.”-Kim Fowley
Versailles aka Dianna St. Hilaire was born in Modesto, CA. She lived throughout the United States in places like Alaska, New York, New Mexico, Mexico, Virginia, Connecticut & The Virgin Islands. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She began as Versailles Suicide back in 2001 releasing an album in 2002 called “Fallen Angel” under that name. After 2003 she dropped the Suicide and became known as Versailles. As of now Versailles has released 4 Studio Albums and 4 EP’s. Also a single called “Kiss” in 2003.
Versailles has played various shows on the Sunset Strip including The Rainbow, The Roxy & The Viper Room. She has shared the stage with artists like Voltaire, New Model Army, Modwheelmood, Ego Likeness, Bella Morte, Kim Fowley, Bella Lune, Native Fauna, Programmed For Pleasure, TV, Demonika & The Darklings, Peeling Grey and Hellblinki.
Versailles has been on 4 Cleopatra compilation CD’s including “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” Tribute to the Smiths, Gothic Divas, “A Gothic Acoustic Tribute to NIN”, & A Tribute To She Wants Revenge.
Versailles is an all in one artist. Versailles does not do cover songs. All songs are original and are based on dance, electro, synthpop, and darkwave. Versailles has an elaborate light setup and performances which include burlesque/dark attire. Versailles performances include piano, keytar, backing dance tracks, guitar and vocals. Available for any type of show including parties and weddings.
Versailles also writes songs for your special event. Birthday Parties, Weddings, Funerals and anything else you might need a song for. Song styles change depending on what you are interested in having in your event. Can do anything from folk, to rock to alternative, pop, dance, darkwave, synthpop--you dream it and I'll be it.
Dianna St. Hilaire: Everything
Bella Morte, Ego Likeness, Robyn, Zola Jesus, The Cure, Depeche Mode
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 90 minutes
I am available as Versailles for live performances. If you are interested in having a song written for you by me for your event I am currently writing songs for weddings, birthday parties, seminars or just for fun. Song will be yours to keep and play as often as you like where ever you like.
PA SYSTEM, MICROPHONE STAND AND CABLES, 3 DI BOXES
Need room to set up own lighting,
Projector if available
3 DI Boxes minimum,
2 vocal mics
1 guitar amp
monitors and PA System required
Food Request Vegan, no Dairy
Drinks = Jack Daniels or Gin no Beer
Dressing Room for changing
Sets are original material.
Range from 20 minutes to an hour an a half.
Material varies in the set depending on what type of event it is.
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Casino, Casting Call, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Fair, Funeral Service, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Parade, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Studio Session, Wedding Reception, Workshop
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