Saturday, December 18th 2021
Samedi 11 décembre 2021
Thursday, December 2nd
He has interviewed James Brown, Alain Bashung, Tupac and Biggie. He owns a monumental record collection and has written nearly two dozen books on music. Above all, he put rap on TV and in newsstands at a time when most French media viewed it as an abject inner-city sub-culture.
Mocked or even despised by some for his perennial shirt-and-suit look, Olivier Cachin combines style, discipline and enthusiasm. He has edited L’Affiche magazine since 1988, and created the TV show Rapline in 1990, in which he shot and aired the first features on French rap pioneers Suprême NTM, IAM, Ministère A.M.E.R., and MC Solaar. Those were the days when you had to wait till midnight on Friday to hope to catch rap music on TV in France!
Still not bored, nor embittered, in 2021, this fountain of musical knowledge and anecdotes regales us with his history of hip-hop and media, and his analysis of the evolution of French rap, now that it has gone from angry underground to commercial mainstream in a generation.
Producer, director, journalist, art director, David Commeillas lets his heart guide him through the world of music. He was deputy editor of Vibrations monthly magazine and and has contributed articles and reports to Libération, Le Monde Diplomatique, France Inter, France Culture and Radio Nova for over twenty years. His credits also include TV documentaries, such as Kadans Kreyol (2017), about French Caribbean music of the 1970s and 80s, and Arte Rock Kingston (2013), a deep-dive into the concerts and clubs of the Jamaican capital for ARTE. For the last two years, David has worked as Art Director for Chapter Two, a label of Wagram Music, and has therefore put all his media activities on hold, except for his favorite station, ARTE Radio (the Beatmakers series and documentaries Eugène Mona : le nègre debout and Alain Peters : le clochard céleste).