Recently our resident Frenchman – KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer – sat down Director Sylvain White, who grew up in Paris, to talk music. They, of course, started conversing in French and I nearly let them do the interview that way because it sounded so nice, even though I had no idea what they were saying. But they finally switched to English to delve into some of Sylvain’s musical inspirations.
He chose some hip hop (De La Soul, Blackilicious), Southern California ska band Fishbone, as well as a song by Ben Harper, which he credits with capturing the feeling and meaning of what racism means in this country.
Sylvain directed “Stomp The Yard” and “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer,” as well as a number of music videos. His latest project is “The Losers,” a film based on the Vertigo comic series.
Check out the set here. Elvis Mitchell hosts him on The Treatment this Wednesday, May 5 at 2:30pm.