ⓘ 20syl


ⓘ 20syl

Sylvain Richard, better known by his stage name 20syl, is a French rapper, disc jockey and producer. He is a composer and MC in the group Hocus Pocus, member of beatmaker collective of DJs C2C, one half of the Hip Hop/Electronic duo AllttA and quadruple world champion DMC Team. He published his first EP, Motifs, in 2014, followed by Motifs II in 2015.

During his career, he also produced for artists and groups such as Diams, Disiz, Kohndo, Slum Village, Fabe, Scred Connexion, Nakk, Sully Sefil, and is involved in projects such as Just Us vol.1 or Original Bombattak.


1. Biography

Richard, originally a graphic designer, graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts in Nantes Metropole. He began his musical career in his bedroom at his parents house in Reze.

In 1995, Richard and Cambia released their first mixtape, Premiere Formule. Recorded in a makeshift studio, the first self-produced cassette was sold in the courtyard of their school. In 1997, they associated with DJ Greem, a high school friend of Richards, to form the group Hocus Pocus, and released their first album as a trio, Seconde Formule, in 1998. Hocus Pocus mixes elements specific to hip-hop to an instrumental sound influenced by jazz, soul and funk. Alongside Hocus Pocus, they created in collaboration with DJ Atom and DJ Pfel, a group called C2C Coups2Cross. C2C was the world champion DMC team four years in a row from 2003 to 2006. They found the collaboration of two MCs and a DJ did not work on stage and went their separate ways; Richard continued his production as 20syl and DJ Greem invested specifically in C2C.

In 2001, Richard worked again with DJ Greem and Cambia on stage as Hocus Pocus. The same year, they created the label On & On and released the maxi Sick, which sold around 4000 copies. Three years later, they released the album 73 Touches in reference to the number of piano keys. Largely influenced by jazz, they refer to Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. Mathieu Lelievre on keyboard, Herve Godard on bass and David Le Deunff on guitar complement the trio. The same album was reissued in 2006 with a new version of Sick and six new titles.

The album Place 54, released in October 2007, increased their willingness to create acoustic hip-hop. For this album, they signed with the label Motown France to promote and distribute it. The album was well received and attracted interest from mainstream TV and radio. In 2008, Hocus Pocus was nominated for a Victoires de la Musique award in the category "Urban Music Album of the Year".

Richard published his first solo EP, Motifs, on the 9 June 2014; the site sourdoreille.net considers this EP as "a real gem" whilst wordplaymagazine.com praises Richards style as "frankly remarkable". His second EP, Motifs II, was published on 11 May 2015. Regarding the cover of Motifs II Richard explains: "For the first volume, I played on the contrast between the zebra and the checkerboard. For this one, I wanted another animal. I like animals with a solemn air, which release an aesthetic force. When I came across this owl, I found him mysterious and chic. I also chose the motif of the opposition in the checkered plumage. It is a way to symbolize the two aspects of my music: electronic and organic. This refined and enigmatic image raises questions."

In July 2015 in Nantes, Richard presented the U, an interactive musical skateboard ramp in collaboration with the collective Herrmutt Lobby. herrmuttlobby.com says regarding U "The skater is the musician and the ramp is the instrument. He composes and decomposes the rhythm, he breaks down initial binary arrangements, making the digital human again for a moment." In September 2015 The Apple Keynote used a piece of Richards music to promote the functionality of Siri on the Apple Watch in their "Choose Colorfully" advertisement. In late 2015, Richard published a remix of the Pulpalicious song How I Feel. In January 2016, he published his first year production entitled Inertia. Also in January 2016, he published a remix of the song Walk by Yael Naim.

In 2015 he formed the group AllttA A Little Lower Than The Angels with the Californian rapper Mr. J. Medeiros. Their debut album, titled The Upper Hand, was released on February 17, 2017.


2.1. Discography Collaboration and Remixes

  • 2014: Schoolboy Q - The Purge / Rapfix Cypher 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Kendrick Lamar - Sing that Shit 20syl Juicy Remix
  • 2012: Le sucre pimente Remix
  • 2016: 20syl - Inertia charity compilation AMAL
  • 2018: AllttA - Bucket 20syl Remix
  • 2013: Elodie Rama - City of Hope 20syl Version
  • 2013: Game, Set & Match
  • 2016: Yael Naim - Walk 20syl Remix
  • 2013: My Heart Letters to the Sun feat. 20syl
  • 2013: Rihanna - Stay 20syl You Cant Be Serious Remix
  • 2014: The Drops - Atalante 20syl Remix
  • 2015: Ibrahim Maalouf - Red and Black Light 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Shuko - The Same feat. CL Smooth & 20syl
  • 2013: Blitz the Ambassador - Respect Mine
  • 2013: Dtwice - Devils Tune 20syl Remix
  • 2018: Inuit - Tomboy 20syl Remix
  • 2019: Electric guest - Dollar 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Pigeon John - Boomerang feat. 20Syl
  • 2016: ODESZA - Its Only feat. Zyra 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Obsession Fixpen Sill & 20syl
  • 2014: La Fine Equipe - Kouign Amann feat. 20syl & Kafutchino
  • 2016: The Geek x Vrv - I Dont Wanna Know feat. Mirror Signal 20syl Remix
  • 2016: Everydayz, Phazz - Almeria 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit 20syl Remix
  • 2012: Pale Blue Dot Mr. J. Medeiros feat. Shad 20syl Remix)
  • 2007: Amelie Mr. J. Medeiros feat. 20syl
  • 2013: Electro Deluxe - Devil 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Bet Dap Goom Bown BoomBap Festival Beat
  • 2002: 20syl - On and On track 13 on the mixtape 1son2rue by Cut Killer
  • 2015: Pulpalicious - How I Feel 20syl Remix
  • 2006: Sixieme Sens - Herbes de Provinces
  • 2013: Gush - Sieblings 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Seinabo Sey - Younger 20syl Remix
  • 2014: King Krule - Easy 20syl Remix
  • 2013: Misteur Valaire - Dont Get Là 20syl Remix
  • 2014: 10YRS Hip OPsession 10th Anniversary Track
  • 2013: Kraked Unit - Chinese Puzzle 20syl Remix
  • 2013: Moongaï - Cosmofamille 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Game Set & Match II
  • 2014: Coin Banks - Thomas Lawrence
  • 2014: Yelle - Completement fou 20syl Remix
  • 2014: Kyla La Grange - Cut Your Teeth 20syl Remix
  • 2014: V052 V1M
  • 2018: Electro Deluxe - Keep my Baby Dancing 20syl Remix
  • 2013: Room Bang Grems feat. 20syl

2.2. Discography Collaborative Albums

  • 2016: Touch Down, Pt. I EP, with AllttA
  • 2007: Place 54 with Hocus Pocus
  • 2010: 16 pieces with Hocus Pocus
  • 2005: 73 Touches with Hocus Pocus
  • 1996: Premiere Formule mixtape, with Hocus Pocus
  • 2002: On and On Part II maxi, with Hocus Pocus
  • 2012: Tetra LP, with C2C
  • 2016: The Woods EP, with AllttA
  • 1998: Seconde Formule self-produced album, with Hocus Pocus
  • 2001: Flyin Saucer with C2C
  • 2003: Flyin Saucer III with C2C
  • 2002: Flyin Saucer II with C2C
  • 2017: Facing Giants LP, with AllttA
  • 2002: Acoustic HipHop Quintet maxi, with Hocus Pocus
  • 2016: AllttA EP with Mr. J. Medeiros
  • 2017: The Upper Hand LP, with AllttA
  • 2012: Down the Road EP, with C2C
  • 2002: Conscient maxi, with Hocus Pocus