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
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
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.
Very exciting times again this time no loud music, ecstatic crowd or 3 songs no flash but a quiet afternoon in the cosy living room of one of the most influential living British politician of the left, the Right Honourable Tony Benn MP, president of the Stop The War Coalition, I was collaborating with the very good web magazine The Quietus on an exceptional interview they set up where the interviewer was non else than Nicky Wire, main song writer for the Welsh, unconditionally leftist band Manic Street Preachers. The interview was compered by journalist (and DJ) Simon Price and I was helped by my good friend, photographer Jon Challicom. As soon as the introductions were done and before we even started rolling the discussion had started. When usually the rockstars are leading the show and excitement is around them, it was funny to witness the rock star being the one being excited and nervous about meeting such a respected and brilliant man. Tony Benn has been through a century at the center of all sorts of political events, from meeting Ghandi (at the age of 10), to serving as a pilot in WWII and renouncing to his peerage in order to represent his electors at the Commons, and when you meet him in person you can really feel that he is an exceptional character, with the sharpest mind even at 85, yet warm and welcoming like he was your grandad. Great experience.
Also on the news, our (Burning Head) music video The Emancipation has been shortlisted in the 10 finalists for the Renderyard Film Award 2010. The 6th Renderyard Short Film Festival will take place in London on the 15th and 16th of October.
The Epitaph godfathers of american punkrock were in town last night at Shepherds Bush Empire. That was a quick one for us photographers considering how short their songs are, within a few minutes we were out of there already, so we didn’t have the chance to see how wild the crowd got (or not!). They were celebrating the 30years of Bad Religion. That was pretty nice to see this band I have listened to for.. 15 years, hang on, I only got there half way then .
Greg Graffin of Bad Religion at Shepherds bush Empire August 23 2010
Oh and the Loudpixelslive collection is growing so let me post another one here with my long-time punkrawk’n'roll favouritesÂ Nashville Pussy from Antlanta and their guitar hero Ruyter Suys wrecking yet another guitar on this end of set song “You’re Goin’ Down” from their first album, Hell Yeah!
The video branch of Loudpixels is now live, and kicking too: Loud Pixels Live. We already have a good bunch of cool live videos for everyone to watch, forward or embed to blogs or page. What is Loud Pixels Live? This is what Loudpixels has been about for almost 6 years now but replacing still images for moving ones, now collaborating with the talented Jim Shreim. To embed videos the html code can be copied from the Youtube page of each video, entering the size wanted, easy!
This has been my main activity these last few weeks, resulting in less still images posted here but some good music photography is on its way for next month so no change here!
A few samples of the videos below, with Gruff Rhys & Tony Da Gatorra playing In A House With No Mirrors (You’ll Never Get Old) on the Village Mentality / The Quietus stage at Field Day in London on July 31st. This was a really good day at Victoria Park in their company as well as Cate Le Bon and many others. Thanks to Hugh MacDonald and David Standen who completed our team, to Field Day festival, Ruth at Loudsound, Tom at Eat Your Own Ears, Paul at The Zeitgeist Agency, Alun at Turnstile Music and Mark, Ben, Gil and Rob at the Adventures In The Beetroot Field and Village Mentality stages.
A second sample with electronica artist and multi talented man Ben Jacobs aka Max Tundra performing Which Song on Field Day’s Village Mentality stage.
Now for some photography too, I added a short set of aforementioned Max Tundra.