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Thrilled to present the brand new video for “Old-Fashioned Girl,” featuring my #1 Big Data bandmate and homey, Daniel from Joywave. The video was directed by the brilliant Michael Lawrence, and we co-wrote the story together. It stars the weird and wonderful internet-personality and self-proclaimed “z-list celebrity,” FAT JEW.
We shot the video on location in Coney Island and around Brooklyn, using Kodak film (who even shoots on film anymore?), and we’re all super-crazy-pumped with how it turned out.
The video premiered yesterday via Pigeons and Planes. Check it out, please share it / post to FB / re-blog it / spread that shit, baby!
I’m thrilled to share the 2nd installment from PRINTS. It’s called “Shadow” and features both the legendary Lyrics Born and the enchanting White Hinterland. It premiered last week over at AOL’s Spinner, where among other things they called me “Brooklyn’s best kept secret…”
As some of you may remember, I first connected with Casey from WH when I remixed her song “No Logic” back in 2010. We kept in touch ever since, and we knew we’d have to collaborate on something eventually. As I started sketching out PRINTS, Casey was the first vocalist I reached out to. I sent her an instrumental demo, and we eventually met up at my studio in Brooklyn to write and record.
Musically, “Shadow” has a certain two-faced quality - the choruses are more ethereal, while the verses have a much grittier feel. As Casey and I thought about potential lyric concepts, we were drawn to the idea of a “shadow” as a two-faced entity - someone who is always imminently close by, following your every move… but depending on your relationship to them, they could be a loving and welcome presence, or a terrifying and evil one.
When I connected with Lyrics Born, we spoke about the concept and different ways of thinking about it, and he just ran with it. At times, his mysterious muse drums up these intense feelings of passion and desire, and then utter madness and despair at other times.
“Shadow” is easily one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever made, and I’m extra-psyched for the remixes and video to follow soon, so stay tuned!
Big thanks to Dead Oceans for showing some love for “Shadow” - I’m a huge fan of their label (and not just because of the White Hinterland connection) - so many great artists on their roster, including Bear in Heaven (who I frickin LOVE and who have a new record on the way!).
“The track starts as a tempting jam, laying down a beat and groove that’s pretty irresistible.”
“Shadow,” the 2nd installment from my PRINTS project, just premiered over at SPINNER! The song features the incredible Lyrics Born and White Hinterland. HUGE thanks to SPINNER for the kind words - among other things, they called me one of Brooklyn’s “best kept secrets.” Works for me!
Check out the premiere & listen to the song at:
[FULL-SCREEN STRONGLY RECOMMENDED]
Well folks, 2012 is off to a roaring start - on the first day of the new year, we were the featured video on Vimeo’s HD Channel. As I type this, the video’s been viewed 15K times since the feature! And a few weeks ago, we were featured on the extremely awesome Laughing Squid - bada bing bada BOOM!
Moving right along, wanted to share with you the alternate version of the 360° music video for “Come and Go.” This alternate version allows you to pan the camera around in either direction as the video plays. Makes you feel as if you’re right in the center of the action - pretty wild stuff. And definitely make sure to watch it in full-screen mode to get the full effect.
[best if viewed in full-screen mode]
I’m outrageously psyched to share the first video from PRINTS for the song, “Come and Go (feat. The KickDrums).” As you probably noticed, the video is quite a bit wider than your average video - that’s because we shot it using a single-point capture 360° panoramic video camera! Think of it as ULTRA widescreen… as if you’re looking in all directions at once. When one character steps off the screen on the left side, they simultaneously enter the screen on the right side - it’s a real mind-melter, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you watch it in full-screen mode to get the full panoramic effect.
I co-directed the video with my super-talented pal, David Sosnow. David is the co-founder of Kogeto and specializes in making 360° video camera lenses. The company has gained quite a bit of notoriety lately for their DOT, an attachment that allows you to shoot 360° video with your iPhone (TechCrunch and USA Today articles).
I met David serendipitously through a mutual friend (and the video’s co-producer), Tavit Geudelekian. From the very beginning, we wanted to capture the senses of euphoria and over-the-top joyousness of the song. It’s also quite epic in nature, feeling both fast and simultaneously slow, and we knew that slow-motion video would lend itself perfectly to that sensation. As Tavit, David and I discussed the technology David was pioneering at Kogeto, we knew instantly that we had to work together, and that 360° would be the perfect way to create the fully-immersive video experience that the song needed.
As we sketched out possible concepts, we kept coming back to one basic issue: in order to fully-exploit the 360° technology, we had to keep things interesting in all directions at all times. If we didn’t have some kind of action or character movement occupying the full 360° spectrum, we would have giant empty spaces on screen. Our challenge was to come up with something visually-compelling that would surround the camera in a circular form at all times. The image of ladies dancing in a circle first occurred to me on the subway, but it was critical to keep things beautiful and other-worldly, as opposed to crass or heavy-handed. We hoped to achieve that beauty and mystery by the identical costumes. And by having the one blonde actress in a different outfit, we hoped to create a sense that they were a team or unit of some kind with a fearless leader.
We shot the video over the course of two days on location in Brooklyn, first in May 2011 (with the ladies), and then in June 2011 (with the singer, Alex Fitts). Remarkably, our only expenses in making the video were the rental of the dolly ($70) to hold the camera for the walking shots, and then meals at both shoots (thai food & pizza, respectively). David and I then painstakingly edited the video over the course of about 3 months at David’s Brooklyn apartment. We worked incredibly well together and were able to push each other and take the video in different directions. It was a true collaboration, much like the recording of PRINTS.
As we were editing, we thought it would be best to keep the overall image “flat.” With 360° video, there are some players that enable the viewer to pan around the full 360, themselves (for example, see here). We were concerned that by giving the viewer too much choice vis-a-vis which direction to follow, it could feel overwhelming to watch. We also believe that the image is most stunning when you can see the full 360° all at once. We will be making a pan-able version available soon, but we wanted the definitive version of the video to be “flattened.”
David and I poured our hearts and souls into this project, and we had an incredibly fun time making it. None of it would have been possible without our amazing actors & friends, and we are so happy to finally be launching it into the world. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to comment below - I’ll be sure to reply ASAP.
Lastly, if you’d like to grab the MP3 of “Come and Go,” here’s a link: bit.ly/Wilkis_CAG
Happy Thanksgiving, folks!
Psyched to share the third and final (for now, at least) remix of “Come and Go.” This one is courtesy of the incredible Spacebrother (Jared from Innerpartysystem). It premiered recently over at Some Kind of Awesome, where they said it “will definitely make you feel like you’re floating in space.”
I absolutely love what Jared did with it, and much like the other two remixes, he took the song to a new and completely different place. It almost reminds of “jynweythek” from Aphex Twin’s “Drukqs.”
Take a listen and let me know what you think! And by all means, please feel free to download it & share it far and wide.
Stay tuned for more PRINTS!
Proud to share the second “Come and Go” remix, this time featuring awesome verses from two incredible rappers, Big Pooh (who you might recognize from Little Brother) and The Kid Daytona. The remix premiered earlier this month over at RCRD LBL, where they called me an “indie beat whiz…” works for me!
Ever since I first finished this song with The KickDrums, I kept thinking in the back of my mind how well the beat would feel with some rap verses - was so cool to hear Pooh and Daytona tear it up.
Take a listen via the Soundcloud player above, or download it here alongside the original version. And please feel free to share any and all of it far and wide:
Stay tuned for more PRINTS!
The PRINTS launch has gotten off to an incredible start, and I am super psyched to share the first remix for “Come and Go” - this one is courtesy of the legendary RJD2. It premiered over on the MTV Blog just the other day.
For those of you that don’t remember, I first linked up with RJ when I remixed his song, “The Shining Path,” from his album, The Colossus. And so when it came time for me to start getting remixes together for PRINTS, I hit him up.
Unsurprisingly, I LOVE what he did with it. He took the idea of the song and transported it to a completely different context, and that’s exactly what a great remix should do. If you compare the two, the original song is so electronic and tech-oriented, whereas RJ’s remix is completely organic - he played each of those parts (the drums, keys, bass, synths) live in his studio.
Take a listen or download them here. And while you’re at it, check out RJ’s latest project with Aaron Livingston, Icebird.
There will be more exciting treats to share next week, so stay tuned.