Erwan Séguillon better known as R.wan a derivative of his given name Erwan (born 1974) is a French singer, songwriter[1][2] and rapper.[3]

R.wan
Birth nameErwan Séguillon
Also known asR.wan / Sylvester Staline
Born1974
France
GenresFrench Chanson, rap
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1998-present
LabelsWagram Records
Associated actsJava
Soviet Suprem
Websitewww.r-wan.fr

BeginningsEdit

R.wan began his musical career in small reggae formations like Sense Lion and Mystik Vibes. In 1998, he met François-Xavier Bossard (known as Fixi), shifting to French chanson, rap and humour. He would eventually lead to the formation of the French band Java.

JavaEdit

He was the lyricist, composer and lead singer for the group Java[4][5][6] formed in 1997. In 2006 R.wan launched his solo career in addition to his work in Java to who he contributed until 2010. The band also included François-Xavier Bossard (known as Fixi), Jérôme Boivin (known as Pépouseman) and Alexis Bossard (known as Bistrol Banto)

Solo careerEdit

In 2006, R.wan launched a solo project with the album Radio Cortex with the drummer Alexis Bossard. The album included 14 songs and 5 jungles in collaboration with Arno Elbaz, K.mille, Climbié, Nicolas Kassilchik, Jérôme Paret, Camille Ballon, Fixi (of Java), Jérôme Van den Hole, and sound engineer Laurent Guénau. The album concept was emulating programming in a pirate radio, thus the jingles. It alternates between reggae, rap, ragga, électro, French chanson and parodies. In November and December 2010, he toured alongside Jamaican Winston McAnuff in collaboration with Fixi. He also appeared with Java, au Zénith of Nancy, and at Élysée Montmartre, Paris. The follow up Radio Cortex 2 in 2008 was produced by K.1000 continuing mixing rap, electro and reggae influences.

His third solo album Peau rouge in 2012, was full of energy and humour but also included a tribute to the Armenian genocide in the track "Le papier d'Arménie". The fourth album Curling in 2017, including "Berbère", telling the story between a Breton and a Berber, with magic use of violin and Mediterranean music.

Soviet SupremEdit

He also took part in the group Soviet Suprem where he was known as the eccentric "Sylvester Staline".[7] The group takes Soviet-themed songs often mixed with Russian, Balkan, militaro-punk and electronic music.

The collective members are Erwan Séguillon (better known as R.wan from band Java) - known as the character "Sylvester Staline"[8] in the formation and Tom Feterman (from the band La Caravane Passe) known in Soviet Supreme as the character "John Lénine". The band also includes the characters "DJ Croute Chef" and "Yougo Chavez".

Soviet Suprem released the albums L'Internationale in 2014 and Marx Attack in 2018[9][10] and the EP Bolchoï in 2014.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

with Java

  • 2000: Hawaï
  • 2001: Sur Seine (live)
  • 2003: Safari croisière
  • 2009: Maudits français

with Soviet Suprem

  • 2014: L'Internationale
  • 2018: Marx Attack

Solo

Year Album Peak positions
FR
[11]
2006 Radio Cortex  –
2008 Radio Cortex 2 169
2012 Peau Rouge  –
2017 Curling  –

EPsEdit

with Soviet Suprem

  • 2014: Bolchoï
  • 2015: L'Internationale (EP bonus)

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak positions Album
FR
[11]
2012 "Peau rouge"  –

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ RFI: R.Wan, paisible pirate du rap (in French)
  2. ^ France-Culture: R. Wan met Paris en bouteille (in French)
  3. ^ FranceInter: R.wan Biographie (in French)
  4. ^ Infoconcert: R WAN (RWAN) (in French)
  5. ^ DailyMotion: Interview d'Rwan du groupe JAVA (in French)
  6. ^ Ouest France: R. Wan, le chanteur-compositeur du groupe Java (in French)
  7. ^ L'Humanité: Soviet Suprem prépare une drole de révolution musicale
  8. ^ Soviet Supre website: Sylvester Staline page (in French)
  9. ^ L'Express: Soviet Suprem roule-t-il pour Poutine? (in French)
  10. ^ Mamusicale: Soviet Suprem : Marx Attack
  11. ^ a b "R-wan discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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