With sound from Matthew Collins.
Shot at Trailer Happiness.
The second two videos I shot for Sony’s latest girl group; Neon Jungle, have gone live on Vevo. As their single climbed the UK charts to number 4, the videos got some lovely viewing figures with the vid to ‘Braveheart’ reaching over 100,000 views in as little as 4 days. Whew.
They premiered on Ryan Seacrest’s website and Heatworld too - so pretty much the créme de la créme of websites I’ll never visit…
Matt Collins and I have worked on several projects together, namely under our audio/visual project ‘Royal Free’… When Matt played me his track, ‘Stuck In This City’, it just made sense, and I knew how I wanted the visuals to look and feel. This 8mm footage is taken from a trip I made with my father, and my brother, across thousands of miles through the western states of America. It felt like we were escaping much more than a city. Personally, this film brought with it a new sense of emotional attachment that I hadn’t felt in my work before. Maybe it’s just that sweet piano line at the end. I don’t know.
You can hear this track, and more over at soundcloud.com/great-shapes
Just before Christmas I met up with Neon Jungle to shoot three live videos to release alongside their single, ‘Braveheart’.
I met up with Knytro to film this acoustic version of ‘Who Am I’, at MTA records in Kings Cross. Beforehand I checked out the ‘Project Haarpoon’ mixtape and heard Zane Lowe excitedly hailing Knytro as the next big name in Hip-Hop - that his knowledge, and verbosity were way beyond his years. After shooting this session I can only agree. ‘Project Haarpoon’ is full of depth and production value, but this proves that Knytro can impress with, or without the mixing desk.
Sound by Matthew Collins.
A couple of weeks ago I joined Montmartre as they recorded their EP in the studio.
This is one of those newly mastered tracks, ‘Tell My Body I’ve Gone’. The video is made from shots I managed to steal throughout the day, and a large amount of GIF inspired stereoscopic images.
The ‘3D’ images idea came after taking 2 quick photos and, when deciding which one to keep, noticing the pictures had been taken about eye width apart, with almost identical central image points. This meant that when interchanged rapidly, the images formed the impression of a third dimension - just like our eyes do.
Or something science like that.
To Kill A King joined me at the creaky, tide-tossed, Tamesis Dock to perform ‘Funeral’ for Wonderland Magazine and Ted Baker.
Michael David’s voice is something you can’t ignore. One night walking through Washington Square Park, I heard him belting out ‘Ticket to Ride’ through a ragtag crowd of spectators and opportunist contributors. A group of homeless men crooned tuneless, and toothless, harmonies whilst eccentrics and aging hippies worked a chaotic smash of percussion. Before I knew it, half an hour must have passed and everyone was singing ‘Hey Jude’ at the top of their lungs. There was something amazing in the community Gordon had built just through music. I approached him afterwards and asked if he’d mind me filming a performance - the next week we met at the same spot, and shot this short interview and performance…
This is the first video in a series featuring artists I’ve met performing on, or below the street. This is Prints from New York…
Here’s the second live performance by New York band, MS MR, exclusively for Wonderland magazine. There was a point during this set when it struck me how lucky I was to be hearing it in such an intimate and immediate form; and suddenly it felt like I wasn’t at work at all - the sign of a good band.