SLY JOHNSON en live dans ACOUSTIC | TV5MONDE

SLY JOHNSON en live dans ACOUSTIC | TV5MONDE

November 17, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


ACOUSTIC
DIRTY BY SLY JOHNSON Sly Johnson’s third album
is called Silvère. -Hello Sly Johnson.
-Hi. And hi Silvère
because that is your first name. This album is named after you so is it even more personal
than your previous albums? -It is more personal and intimate–
-Yeah. as it is an album where… I allow my fans and the general public
to get to know me on a deeper level. How does it reflect you more? It is a greater reflection of me quite simply because the tracks recount parts of my life. It is my story
told through songs and all of the emotions
I have been through from a young age until now. So that could be anything… from quite simply
laughing to crying, sadness to anger. Was that when it all came out? I don’t know
but I imagine it is never easy being able to put those emotions down on paper
and then create songs from them. In any case, I think that it was difficult for me
at the start of my solo career. Doing all of that
was really difficult because I don’t think I had things
sorted out in my mind. But then I went on a journey of self discovery
to find out what my heart wanted and to look deep within myself. Also, I wanted to reconcile certain parts of my life
regarding my parents. And to quite simply reach a point where self-discovery
became a desire and a pleasure. It wasn’t done out of sadness. What makes this album different is you can tell it recounts
personal stories and at the same time
it discusses society a great deal. It talks about xenophobia, uprooting,
your connection to the world society, the environment and nature.
It also talks about injustice. It covers a lot of subjects and I get the impression that you are at a stage where you
question your position and purpose of being on Earth and you also ask us
to do the same. It has a universal aspect to it. Yes, I am what you call a really or even extremely
sensitive person. I think that I have also
reached an age where I ask myself questions, and I am more focused on… images, reactions, things that move me and have a greater impact on me. I think when you are younger
you are in a frenzy, that was the case
when I was in Saïan Supa Crew. We were much more focused
on making music and the energy, the vibe,
meeting the fans. Even though we had great content I think that after meeting loads of people and opening up to the world, you look at the world
in a different light and are greatly moved by it. I feel like that connection
to the planet and elements is a common theme
throughout the songs here and there. For this album I wanted… I wanted for it to be able… To be interpreted… however the listeners
wanted to interpret it. Of course
it recounts my story but the public can relate to it as everyone has been sad or happy at some point,
everyone has felt anger. Everyone feels emotions like me. I feel no different to anyone else because people listen to me, even if I am on a raised stage… I am like everyone else. NEW DAY
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SLY JOHNSON Sly Johnson with his album Sylvère is our guest on this week’s episode
of Acoustic. It is a personal album and you even entrusted the production and composition
of some of the songs to Ben Molinaro,
one of your long-term friends. What does he know about you for you to entrust production to him? I think that… Besides technical aspects, that we can use to change how
I record my voice, the streams of words, even torrents of words when I start rapping, singing
or mixing the two, I think that a long time ago
he noticed my sensitive side. He has a simplicity… in the way he expresses things which I didn’t know how to do. That is what he wanted to showcase along with his cinematographic vision
for music. Partly inspired by his dad who is no other than Édouard Molinaro who directed La Cage au Folle. -and Oscar…
-Yes, Oscar. Loads of major films. Major French films. As a result I felt
quite simply like I was -sufficiently supported.
-Yes. Extremely comfortable to quite simply break free. He is really kind-hearted and also extremely sensitive. As we are both sensitive
we get along well. Musically. you can detect the album’s
inspirations: soul, funk, new soul which create an epic sound. They do not clash
but complement one another and on top of,
besides all of these influences, you worked a great deal on sound. Did that take a lot of… research, experimentation
or did you know what you wanted? Ben had a real clear and precise idea
of where he wanted to go with it. I also did…we reached a point where we ended up wanting to hear
the same things in the music. And above all, unlike my previous albums, we wanted an epic sound, something that sounded
more electronic whilst keeping
that organic foundation. So despite all
of these electronic sounds you can hear, like the keyboards, everything is analogical. You have almost
taken the opposite path switched it up for your live performances
as you’re not accompanied by machines but instruments
and incredible instrumentalists. Amazing musicians who we are lucky
to have with us today. They are fabulous. What is crazy is that,
in a way, the jazz vibe these musicians bring
translates well when you are on stage showing anything can happen. Yes, I love that, I love… I love accidents or mishaps on stage. I love the unexpected. I love spontaneity and it is true that being accompanied
by jazz musicians brings me great joy because you can switch it up
at any moment, you can decide to extend a song to six or ten minutes. It is really fantastic
and I am really lucky to play with… this cheerful bunch. If you get the chance
to go see Sylvère, Sly Johnson on stage
which I suggest you do, it is an incredible experience.
In France or perhaps also abroad
as TV5Monde broadcasts worldwide. Hello world. Feels good? To say that? Yes. -Thanks Sly.
-Thank you. KILLED MY VIBE
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