2012 is already well on its way towards spring and once again I find my blog covered with dust! But here is some action as today has seen the release of the latest video I filmed, directed by Franck Trebillac, which we both co produced as Burning Head, for none else than the Godlike Genius* Paul Weller! This is for his new album Sonic Kicks out later this month and for the track Dragonfly which I find a brilliant song. You can watch the video here or there:
And here are a few new pics from these last few weeks to feed that little blog page with a bit of action from Kaiser Chiefs and Pure Love.
Kaiser Chiefs at Hammersmith Apollo February 23 2012
Pure Love at Bush Hall for NME Awards show February 14 2012
I will post an update on photos soon but I wanted it to be known that the latest music video I co-produced and shot with Franck Trebillac at Burning Head has been released.
The video is for Philadelphia electronica artist Starkey, the track is â€śOpen The Pod Bay Doorsâ€ť from his eponymous EP which was released last week on Ninja Tune.
Thanks to Bunnice Allen & Sam Simpson (make-up), Thomas Langnickel-Stiegler & Laura Cherry (acting), Daniel Macnabb (assistant), Rachel Freire (fashion designer of the awesome parachute dress) and Agnieszka Stone (stage design statue).
The summer is on its way out already (although today was a peak for sun and heat!) and a summary is overdue. Here are in no particular order aÂ bunch of images and videos.
Starting with the latest video project for Burning Head which we have started shooting this week, finishing Sunday and Monday if everything goes well. The artist is Starkey and the Label is Ninja Tunes and hopefully you will see that in this page pretty soon, here is a sneak peek.
Burning Head's latest music video in the making Burning Head's latest music video in the making
I shot a making-of for EMI’s new band To Kill A King, up in Bradford, for a 4 song EP video directed by Jack King. Watch out for this as this will be awesome, I can’t wait to see the 4 videos!
Ralph from To Kill A King on the set of the My Crooked Saint video
Sneak Peek of My Crooked Saint music video(s)
Video again, I participated in shooting a fun acoustic video for Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks’ “Heart Skips a Beat”. The video was directed by Toby Lockerbie, and, apart from through my 5D, was mainly shot from GoPro cameras he set up everywhere including on the football or held by himself on top of a long pole. The sound was recorded on site, no cheating, that was really fun. Check out Toby’s excellent videos on Rizzle Kicks’ website here. The song was number ONE on iTunes for a few weeks!
Olly Murs at the acoustic video shoot
Acoustic rehearsal before the take - Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks
And the actual video:
Rizzle Kicks again with pics from the making-of of the video shoot for their single “When I was a Youngster” directed by Toby Lockerbie.
Harley from Rizzle Kicks on the set of "When I Was A Youngster" music video
Jordan from Rizzle Kicks on the set of "When I Was A Youngster" music video
And more Rizzle Kicks with a live video we shot at the Camden Barfly here as well as a part of documentary shot at Proud2 at the O2 Arena. I don’t know if and when these documentary on RK, all produced by Jim Shreim, will be online anywhere as they are currently unreleased.
Rizzle Kicks after their show at the Camden Barfly
How did I spend all this time without a single update is a mystery. Or is it? Well it’s not like there’s nothing happening, but I suppose once you miss it for a couple of week then the new work is stacking up and you don’t know where to start.
And I don’t know where to start.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be off to the Isle of Wight with a big schedule for my cameras, followed shortly by more festival action, so I thought I’d better throw a few samples of the last few months in here beforehand!!
Hard Rock Cafe front window on Piccadily Rd with my shot
To finish the story about the Cancer Research auction event, my two prints raised a bit over a thousand pounds which is great. I’m grateful to Brian May for signing one of my print for the occasion (below). Good to know the money went to some good cause.
Signed print of Brian May auctioned for Cancer Research UK
A sample of the last few months then:
Carl Barat at the 100 Club, posing here with chum James Allan from Glasvegas.
Carl Barat and James Allan at the 100 Club, 20 feb 2011
A nice photoshoot with American singer Jessica Clemmons. For some reason I haven’t got a gallery of these online, will do that when I can.
Jessica Clemmons promotional photoshoot, April 2011
The NME Big Gig at Wembley Arena with Cee-Lo Green and headlined by Foo Fighters fronted by “Godlike Genius” Dave Grohl.
Cee-Lo Green at the NME Big Gig at Wembley Arena, 25 Feb 2011
Foo Fighters at Wembley Arena, NME Big Gig, 25 Feb 2011
P J Harvey at the Troxy.
P J Harvey at the Troxy, 27 Feb 2011
Annie Lennox at the Royal Festival Hall for a show with the charity she put together, EQUALS, the show also featured Paloma Faith, Kate Nash, VV Brown..
Annie Lennox at the EQUALS show, RFH, 11 March 2011
Roger Waters playing The Wall at the O2 Arena, amazing show!
Roger Waters playing The Wall, O2 Arena, 11 May 2011
And Razorlight busking at St Martin In The Field in Charing Cross, promoting Get Loaded In The Park and The Big Issue anniversary.
Razorlight at St Martin In The Field's courtyard, 24 May 2011
As a nice way to start the year, I’m looking forward to watching our two music videos produced as Burning Head on a big screen this Saturday at the Roxy : “Tricil – The Emancipation” and “Stretta – Calculus” are both nominated at the 2011 edition of the London Short Film Festival, on the “Music & Video” section.
London Short Film Festival 2011 - with 2 Burning Head videos nominated
And a first show of the year with an intimate gig by British Sea Power at the Camden Barfly last night, they just released a new album Valhalla Dancehall, check out the photos here.
British Sea Power at the Camden Barfly, London - 12 Jan. 2011
Best wishes to you all for this new year and decade!
In the Loud Pixels news: a recoding of the site to incorporate all 4 sections of my work on a single landing page: Main photography – Video productions – Loud Pixels – Loud Pixels Live (videos). The video productions site is a brand new one, using the magic of Wordpress, it now includes all my video work, including interviews (Lemmy, Tony Benn vs Nicky Wire, Hussein Chalayan, Needtobreathe), documentaries (The Like tour documentary – contact me for the password), Live videos (many bands!) and the Burning Head music video productions.
Talking about Burning Head, 2010 was a great year for us with 3 awards for our music video Tricil – The Emancipation, released on Clear Notice Records, which has also be voted #1 of the 100 best music videos of 2010 by MusicVideoJam. We’re looking forward to working on new exciting videos in 2011 so spread the word!
In other news, Cancer Research UK will have their Sound & Vision charity event at Abbey Road Studios in February where they auction a series of music memorabilia and fine art prints to raise money for the charity. This year two of my prints will be put on auction there (Paul McCartney and Brian May). Last year this event had performances from the likes of Robert Plant and Paul Weller. Very excited about this.
As for the Live photography this year was a busy one as I shot 183 bands, that’s one every 2 days on average! The Chronological archive gallery (in the menu) should now be up to date. Two of my shots (Vampire Weekend & a portrait of Mona) were published in the Guardian over Christmas. Latest were Interpol, Human League, Performance, Labrinth, Annie Mac, Roller Express and The Pogues.
The highlight since last update was to produce a video interview with a rock’n'roll legend last Sunday in Brighton where we met none else than Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead for a nice and cosy conversation with music reviewer Ben Graham, with the help of Jim Shreim and Keith Craig. The video should be online soon via The Quietus.
Recent live sets include Motorhead, Therapy?, The Drums, Two Wounded Birds, Violens, Arcade Fire, Enter Shikari, 30 Seconds To Mars, Janelle Monae, Vampire Weekend and the Drum&Bass Arena Awards 2010 featuring Reeps One, Nu:Tone ft Natalie Williams and Jenna G.
And I’m coooold.
Lemmy of Motorhead - Backstage at Brighton Center, 28 November 2010
This is getting mad and I never find time for blogging and the news are stacking up untold, that’s unless you follow my Twitter. So a short summeray and hopefully I’ll expand in the next few days with what has been going on on the Loud Pixels front.
The tour went great with the prettiest band this side of the galaxy, The Like, who rocked the stages of many cities in Europe. I am giving the final touches to the documentary edit and will hopefully be able to say where and when this is going to be broadcast. More videos as well were added with American rock band Needtobreathe as well as Punk legend WIRE playing an intimate show at The Lexington earlier this month. All this will be shown very soon in here. As well as a number of stills galleries featuring Klaxons, Warpaint, Mystery Jets, Band of Skulls, Wire, Tinchy Stryder, Amy MacDonald, Pete Lawrie, The Charlatans twice, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip twice, Shaun Ryder, Chuck Ragan, Gaslight Anthem, Maceo Parker, The Like, Detroit Social Club, Pearl and the Puppets, Liz Lawrence, Mona and Diana Vickers! Jeeez now I realise how long I haven’t updated this blog for !!! And presently getting ready to shoot Therapy? playing Troublegum at the Forum supported by Dinosaur Pile up.
On the Burning Head side, our music videos Calculus (Stretta) and The Emancipation (Tricil) are entered in the London Short Film Festival 2011 and are presently both in the top 3 of the Shooting People November movie of the month judged by triple Palme d’Or nominee director Michael Winterbottom, but more importantly we received 3 awards for The Emancipation, one in the US (Jamfest indy film festival) and two in London at the Renderyard Film Festival, good times! We’re accepting propositions for new music videos so get in touch via www.burninghead.co.uk!
And as per usual, working on some very exciting new things, that I’ll probably too easily not find time to blog about but will try anyway.
But for now en route vers de nouvelles aventures.
Z Berg of The Like, backstage in Hamburg - Oct. 2010
Since my last update there are quite a few things to declare, a few great performances of Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Charlatans, Diana Vickers in an Oxfam store in Dalston for Oxjam or a Loud Pixels Live video production for Needtobreathe at Borderline. More on this later, hopefully the new videos will be on soon. Also working on an exciting new interview. But for the time being I live in a big tour bus driving through Europe, with the most charming pop rock band of the moment, The Like!
Great show at Nouveau Casino last night in Paris, non stop from the plane to the venue to setting up and filming Gigabytes of, well everything really. Then a flash sightseeing of Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in half an hour followed by the fastest taxi ride I ever been in, from Etoile to Bercy in 9 minutes!!!
Today Rotterdam, show at 21:30 at Rotown. The documentary is filling my hard drive, today a boat ride to New York, a museum-hotel only accessible by boat taxi, where the girls performed an a Capella version of their single Release Me in front of two cameras and an audience of two Australian tourists who wanted some more!
Pictures and videos will soon come to illustrate all this. Tonight after the show we head straight to Hamburg, Germany.