the music is in full swing in the paris metro

the music is in full swing in the paris metro

Nearly a thousand artists, from professionals to amateurs, sign up for the “Musiciens du métro” label to perform underground. A springboard to fame that has benefited Zaz, Claudio Capéo and the Arcadian group in particular.

A crowded Parisian metro, an overwhelming pressure, a journey at a run in the corridors and there, a virtuoso of the musical saw seizes the travelers. For 25 years and the creation of a label, singers and musicians have been performing underground. Some have become stars.

Zaz, Claudio Capeo or the Arcadian group – fond of line 12 – have made their mark in front of the metro public, after winning one of the 300 sesames awarded every six months during auditions organized by the Parisian urban transport authority (RATP ).

About a thousand artists, from professional to amateur, register in search of the label “Musiciens du métro”, set up in 1997 in order to manage the permanent flow of singers and performers of all kinds, explains to AFP Stella Sainson, head of the label. “We refuse nothing, even if there are difficult instruments like the djembe which resonates loudly”underlines Stella Sainson, supported by a jury of three members – all RATP employees – during the last session of hearings.

Dressed in his dark gray suit but without the jacket, Arnaud Moyencourt settles in with his portable barrel organ. Placing it on a monopod, he turns the crank, unrolling the perforated cardboard, singing Bobby Lapointeone of the 400 titles he has. The man with the dense mustache comes for a renewal; his very first time in the metro was in 1992. Since then, he has performed regularly at the Denfert-Rochereau station. “He’s a character! It embodies the Paris of yesteryear. I would stop”enthuses a juror, Sofia Tondinelli. “You really have to imagine:“is this person going to be appreciated by the public, his voice, his charisma”. It’s very nice to be able to play in the metro, but also sometimes complicated because people pass by, caught up in their thoughts. It is important to know how to capture the attention of travelers”.

“Crazy Encounters!”

Camille Millian, long blonde braid and blue dress, grabbed the jury by performing a song by Whitney Houston for a renewal. “I’ve met crazy people, it’s one of my best scenes. Music is above all an exchange”argues the Jurassian who is working in parallel on the creation of her album. Just as comfortable, Riana Rabe connects with her suave voice a title of Mulan and Radiohead accompanying himself with an electroacoustic pink ukulele for his second audition. “Basically I’m a little afraid of people but I discovered that they were extremely nice when they weren’t there to listen to me. Some even told me that they had had a bad day and that after listening to me, it was better. It’s incredible !”says the shy young woman who has kept in touch with some metro passengers.

This challenge for some artists should not, however, become a traumatic experience. “Oh poor thing, she’s not ready!” start Stella Sainson and her band after the performance on the ukulele of a young girl who is particularly discreet and rather new to the instrument. The jury also did not select a 28-year-old Chinese violinist, too hidden behind her large glasses and her schoolgirl look. But Eli Jadelot, who sings his own texts – stories of daily life told funny – dressed in a wedding dress, got his sesame for his very first audition. Dominique, a worthy successor to his uncle at the musical saw, the Ukrainian Anna Leonid Byulakh who plays the violin doing kid jumps, Abram Lacoste, an analyst who left everything eight months ago for music, Hugo Vaxelaire and his traditional nyckelharpa instrument have validated their ticket to perform in the corridors of the metro (trains and platforms are prohibited). Not to mention the tall blond Tommy Garino, who ticks all the boxes to become a star and who started the guitar by seeing people playing in the subway. “We can say that we knew him in the basements of the RATP!”laughs one of the jurors, Thomas Vitry.

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