Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

Super 8 (part 2)

Posted by admin On May - 17 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Amongst the many videos we’ve been hacking and slashing in the past few weeks there was one that quickly became one of our top 2: a short film called Super 8 by Sonja Menting. I’ve contacted Sojna, begging her to let us use her footage, and she was very open about it (of which I am very thankful of). I also found out during our conversations that she will be filming another super 8 film in Beijing this summer – so watch out for that! I will be keeping my eyes on her Vimeo profile just in case…
As much as we loved the film though, after much consideration, we’ve decided upon another concept for the video (the result of which you can see right here). As Sonja pointed out herself, the moped story doesn’t really complement the message of the song, nor vice-versa. The footage montage we’ve used from some amateur home movie from the time of the Great Depression seemed to do a lot better job in this case. Hope you like it! We sure did spend a lot of time on this! 🙂

Super 8

Posted by admin On May - 12 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

I’ve had this wonderful idea a while ago to make a video for Afraid Not Scared using some vintage technology – recording on actual film – just to make things real indie. At first I thought about having the video done by my friends, but everyone I know in the film making area are all digital people so no one wanted anything to do with that kind of hassle. I was really firm about recording on super 8 or something similar, so processing HD material to look like old film wasn’t going to cut it.
I then had another good idea: I’d mash together other people’s old home movies, especially shots of children, and make it real simple, make it look like I have something really meaningful to say – like reaching for the inner child or some other blah-blah. Unfortunately – to my big surprise – old home movies are rarely interesting enough to be usable in a video. I remember seeing some great stock footage on sites like Shutterstock.com, but purchasing stock video wasn’t going to be indie enough for this project, so I ended up abandoning this idea as well.
By this time I was really into having a retro kind of video for Afraid, and falling like a sucker for the feel of super 8 film, so there was really no turning back now.
Next I tried my luck with some footage from the public domain, thinking I was surely going to find something that fits in the vast collection of public material. At first I experimented with a really cool vacation video of some family from the 50’s, they had wonderful footage of Spain, especially the bull fights, which were great for the chorus, but after much hard work the end result still ended up disappointing me.
I then tried my luck with another piece of amateur footage, which ended up OK – but not great. I was almost going to consider it a compromise, when I stumbled upon the perfect solution… (to be continued) (don’t you just hate that?)

Indie Folk Artistst I Like

Posted by admin On April - 27 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

a lot of you kept asking me to make a list of my favorite indie folk artists, so i decided to answer with the following list of suggestions. i also decided to write other articles like this as well, because one of my fav hobbies is discovering new “talent” in this field. nevertheless, this article will include only the best known artists, just to answer your “any indie folk artrist suggestions?”, “who is your favorite indie folk artist?”, etc. questions.

so here’s my list of favorites, in no particular order, and not necessarily indie folk, hehe:
Ryan Adams, David Gray, Amos Lee, Ani DiFranco, Damien Rice, Joe Purdy, Fleet Foxes, Gary Jules, Tallest Man On Earth, Iron And Wine, Joanna Newsom, Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Devendra Banhart, Joseph Arthur, M. Ward, Cat Power, Ben Harper, Alexi Murdoch.

there’s a shit load more to this list, but i will stop here for now. peace!

Recording time

Posted by admin On April - 24 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Oh, Recording Time, a weekly event from now on designed to stimulate the interest in my soon-to-be- and already-been-recorded music. A number of you already know about my soon-to-be-published, limited-edition, very first musical album, as a few of you have also helped me out with some very appreciated and constructive criticism.
Anyway, we’ve taken the project a step further this weekend, as we’ve recorded a few more live videos, thus adding to our current collection of 1.

I was a bit surprised to find out that the camera we’re using is not up for most of the applications we’ve subjected it to, but it all came out looking decent in the end. At least, we agreed to agree on that.

BTW, before I forget: I’m getting a visit from an A&R rep of a national label sometime next week, but I doubt she’ll be able to convince me to sell them my soul.

Also, I’ve decided to start the recording of my second album early this summer, as I have loads of unpublished, unreleased and unrecorded material still. I think it will make a decent sounding one guitar+one voice album. Real indie folk this time.

Talk to you soon!