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Famous for its cultural heritage, Paris is also known as the European cradle of Hip Hop culture. Far from the classical artworks hung in museum walls, you will discover the city of light with a contemporary sight.
Background is an alternative tourism project, based on three single and immersive experiences, to discover Paris through the angle of hip hop culture.
Bring to light one of the most significant artistic movement of our century and reveal it through its artistic expressions : Graffiti, B-boying, Emceeing and Deejaying.
Via the access to a community of urban artists, Background celebrates the quality of creation and the enthusiasm of the parisian artistic scene which have been fitted this culture in all its shapes and forms. Pedagogical and playful aspects are combined in an intimate setting, in order to give reading clues for deciphering this culture in its diversity.
Discovery, meeting and creation:
Discover Paris side 2, in a way the classic tourist has never seen. Meet graffiti artists, musicians or dancers who provide a direct mediation and deliver the work in progress of their practice, within their context of creation !
Explore new exhibition formats, share the artistic dna of this culture, allow the meeting and the exchange between the audience and the artists are our main purposes.
This three-hours experience invites you to discover Hip Hop music through two exhibition modes.
For the first hour, lights on creation and production with an invitation to meet a musician artist (DJ, beatmaker, MC, Human Beatbox…) who delivers a masterclass in recording studios.
Come and discover how musical creation, composition and mix take place. Scratch, drumline, cutting… Become the privileged witness of this musical creation in a novel context to get an intimate sight and hearing clues from the artists themselves.
Following the encounter with a musician artist, you will be invited to one event of the hip hop music scene in Paris.
Concert, live performance or jam session will be our dop-off points to conclude this musical experience.
Melvin is a young twenty-two years-old beatmaker known as Melvax.
He’s been playing music for four years thanks to the FL Studio software. Melvax belongs to the « Soundcloud generation » who has followed the rise of home studios.
Several influences can be detected in his work. Melvax enjoys experimenting and sporting new musical styles. He remixes the songs of a manga credits to create trap music, turns salsa into a hip hop song and even create a beat from a voice memo belongs to his practice.
Hip hop activist for many years, OFFMike was first of all a MC, a beatmaker, specialist of improvisation, a radio host, (One shot on Generations FM between 2000 and 2004) and an independant music producer (Pachyderm Strike, Apollojazz).
From 2006, within his collective Jazzefiq, he was able to showcase the place of the emcee in clubs, block parties and in other events by combining his improvisation skills and his ability to catch the audience attention while saving the essence of independant hip hop.
Animated by the will to bring the movement as far as possible, to transmit it from generation to generation, OffMike takes part in youth centers to teach the M.A.O (assisted music by computer) and to coach some rappers.
OffMike offers you an immersion into his original creative process by creating a music piece in live, from beat composition till recording !
Genius is a duo of French djs and producers who get close to new technologies in their creative process. Raised in a rich musical environment since they were kids. They daily discover news ways of creating, inspiring and acting. Read the word through music is their main purpose, their art.
« To bring into the world », as midwives, to produce and materialize songs has become one of their great passions, developing their own technique.
With his friends, he founded the geniuscorp, anthill of young innovative and independent artists, cultivating these new resources together to create a strong and accomplished musical diversity.
International deejay and producer, Dj Lod is part of this generation of Djs who have kept the basics of Djaying and sampling. Amateur and « true » defender of hip hop culture since 2000’s, Lod belongs to this generation torn between analog and digital. Vinyl addict, he doesn’t hesitate to travel the world in search of the rare pearl.
Born in Paris in 1983, he first signed with Catapult label, which has since disappeared.
He became a member of Hip Hop Resistance and Underground Explorer (on Generations 88.2 fm), a collective that has been organizing concerts in Paris for more than ten years.
From funk to hip hop, Lod is an eclectic deejay. Sponsored by Nixon, he has travelled the world with artists as Specta (Saian Supa Crew), Wildchild (Lootpack) and Planet Asia (Cali Agents).
Then, he will join Melanin 9, becoming a stage performer and deejay alongside this emcee from London.
Tismé owns many skills at the same time : producer, emcee, beatboxer, drummer and deejay, this jack-of-all trades enjoys dispersing positively. He composes for the Hip Hop dances’ big names and his compositions have also been spread during international battles since 2011.
After winning several times the Beatmaker Contest and BeatDance Contest (beatmakers batlles), he released his first instrumental EP « Mimétisme » with the label Pschent at the end of 2011.
In 2012, he joined the artists collective JAYFLY in Dunkerque, released the beat-tape « Magnetism » dedicated to dancers and regularly performs on stage with the band UNNO (Taratata, Trans’Musicales, Discoverings of the Printemps de Bourges, The Great Escape). He was also the stage director of « Dans la peau d’un Noir », (« In the skin of a black person ») by Clémentine Célarié which was played at the Avignon Festival for two consectuive years.
In 2013, he released the album « DREAM BIG » alongside Daz-ini and organized monthly the « Sessions Metissées », where he invited many beatmakers and MCs of the French underground scene.
Today, Tismé and UNNO complete their first album (after the release of their first two EP at Nowadays) and he refines his first solo project.
This three-hour experience invites curious or passionnate of hip hop dances to meet a crew of B-Boys in the intimate setting of a training session in one of the best dance’s spot in Paris.
The aim of this immersion is to discover this artistic discpline in contact with performers who explain the history, the development, styles and techniques diversity.
Power mooves, uprock, freeze, will no longer have secrets for you. At the end of their training session, B-Boys will take the time to answer your questions and transmit their passion.
Afer attending to a training session, you will be immersed in the electric universe of a dance battle event.
Thanks to this invitation to one of the best hip hop dances contest, you will be at the heart of the artistic performance where transcendence and sharing are keywords.
Dance and madness are keywords in this happy group of friends composed of 13 b-boys and 1 b-girl, always there to set the mood and impress the crowd by their moves and their musical dexterity.
Iconic group of the parisian hip hop scene for the past three years, the Youpi Cru has become a UFO far from the clichés of the B-boying crews. Just chillin’ and havin’fun.
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About the story.
I am Hugo, a 28-years-old parisian and a great lover of hip hop culture and my hometown.
I used to work in contemporary art galeries and as curator.
With Background, I decided to put the light on the most contemporary artistic movement and to celebrate the enthusiasm of the parisian artistic scene.
Looking for a genuine format breaking with the monotony of the traditional exhibition ways and above all, where the artwork selling is not the final aim ; Background is also a willing to unveil Paris off the beaten tracks and to support local artists by offering an innovative showcase.
Dedicated to foreigners, out-of-towners and parisians, Background intends to promote the «Grand Paris» area by showing off its artistic identities and to offer an original exhibition format of the hip hop culture.
The first motto : propose an exclusive sight on an artistic universe, in an intimate context.
A pass for behind the scenes to access an unusually-viewed working environnement to allow the exchange with the artists.
Think the encounter as the main ingredient of your trip in Paris. An experience you will remember.
The idea is also to reinforce the effort of mediation around hip hop culture by giving the floor to graffiti artists, musicians and dancers who convey their history, technique and passion…
The ambition of the Background experiences is to offer reading keys about hip hop culture, directly delivered by artists who put us in the confidence of their work in progress.