Background Noise, Episode 14: C215 / by Matt Bomarr

My new "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 14, the focus is on Parisian artist C215.

My new "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 14, the focus is on Parisian artist C215.

Photo by Matt Bomarr

Photo by Matt Bomarr

C215 is a very prolific Parisian stencil artist who has been perfecting his art for many years now. His subjects tend to lean towards those that are hidden from society: Homeless people, street kids, the elderly, etc. By doing this, he aims to bring attention to people that society has forgotten about. He doesn't stick to just those subjects though. He'll just as easily put stencils of cats and even his daughter (who is becoming a stencil artist in her own right) on the streets. All of his stencils are extremely detailed, down to every whisker or wrinkle on someone's face.

As usual, in my walks around New York City and Brooklyn, I stumbled on multiple pieces of his. They always made me stop and look close.  I've since seen his work in Opera Gallery in SoHo and on my honeymoon a couple of years ago, I visited Opera Gallery Paris where a very kind gallery employee pulled some of his pieces out of storage and let me photograph them.

Photo by Matt Bomarr

Photo by Matt Bomarr

He shows no signs of quitting any time soon. This guy will be around for a while.

Based on my interaction with him, music is DEFINITELY a big part of his creative process. When I asked for music, he sent a playlist containing over 50 songs, which would have made a roughly 5-hour podcast, so he gave me permission to whittle it down to fit my format. It's a beautiful collection of songs that I've already listened to a few times, and I'm excited to share it with you.

Check out more of his work here, or on his website.

What was your first concert? 
Antibes Jazz festival in 1984


Last concert/show?
A sound system in Kingston last week


First album, tape or cd you bought?
David Bowie lets dance in 1984?


Last album you bought?
Tabouley Rochereau


Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
Dillinger - Cocaine


Who is your musical hero?
David Bowie


How important do you think music is to your creative process?
Its part of my life, so its part of my art

photo by Matt Bomarr

photo by Matt Bomarr

Stream C215's mix below or download it directly here.

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