To stand out from the crowd, artists are now ready to take all the risks. Sopico, who released his first album, Clouds, on October 15, however, did not need to put his head in the void at 120 meters in height to be noticed, so remarkable is his rap mixed with guitar.
However, he did it for the filming of the music video for Slide, the title where he also claims to embody the fusion between Nirvana and Wu-Tang. Attached by a simple cable, it descends upright and horizontally, guitar in hand, the facade of the Pleyel tower in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis). The latter, undergoing rehabilitation to become a luxury hotel during the 2024 Olympic Games, is the perfect setting for its piece punctuated by a metallic riff.
Former student of a film school, the rapper from Stains (Seine-Saint-Denis), spent his adolescence in the 18e arrondissement of Paris, where his father, a high-level athlete, had converted to the social sector. Before this clip, he had never practiced rock climbing: “I have my BAFA [brevet d’animateur], he has fun behind the scenes of a concert. I did an initiation, once, on an outing with children, but this is the first time that I’m so high, my head in the air. I’m a bit of a daredevil. I wanted to do a performance and something dizzying, but I didn’t know where. And then I was offered the Pleyel tower. “
Sopico, whose real name is Sofiane Sid-Ali, is not easily impressionable. Already, in 2019, he found himself collaborating on the soundtrack of the series broadcast on Netflix. The Eddy, by Damien Chazelle, alongside composer Glen Ballard, co-author of Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette and jazz pianist Randy Kerber: “Americans always arrive on time, he remembers. When they are in the studio, they know what their work plan is for the day, with free space and interpretation. I was the opposite, I was like, “Don’t think about it, deliver what you have to deliver, don’t have a frame.” They taught me to organize myself, to structure myself. “ Well took them, it was more than three years that Sopico worked on his album of “Racketeer”, as he says, between rap and rock, with the musician Yodelice, who had spotted him a few years earlier.
In concert, the rapper, who has carved out a small reputation for himself in the battles of his neighborhood, nevertheless looks like a musician from the punk group The Ramones. Black hat and glasses, small mustache and shoulder-length hair, Sopico stands upright in front of his microphone and seems to be holding back the horses he has under the hood. He surrounded himself with a bassist, Anne-Sophie Ambroisine, a drummer, Yoann Danier; for big stages, he calls on a second guitarist and a chorister, and asks his audience to dance the pogo.
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