We shot this in Bremerton, WA during some recording sessions for Jesse's solo project. This song and the idea for the video, came about in the studio one night as we were discussing our favorite scenes from movies. One of mine, is the opening of the movie "Serenity" which features a single shot, as it follows the ship captain around the spaceship, introducing each member of the crew, without cutting to a different view. Obviously, for this, we did the same thing, following Jesse around the studio from location to location, introducing different people who worked on the record throughout different rooms of the house. This was my first music video, shot in early 2015.
I started working with Mike about a year prior to shooting this video for him. The photo montage from this video is pretty cool, because it features a lot of photographs that I shot of him that year, in studio and a whole bunch of portraits. Mike is one of my favorite people on this planet. He's a friend, a mentor, a leader, and a legend. He fronts iconic punk band MxPx and does his own solo music, which is what this video was for. We filmed this in his recording studio as I shot from above his right shoulder, moving in and out of focus on the photographs that we had meticulously put in order for the song. The editing was done by Bryan Bechult, who lives in Illinois and has worked with Mike and MxPx on a number of projects over the years.
One of my favorite new bands of 2018, but I discovered them when they opened up for Acceptance in early 2017 down in LA. I love their shoe gazer vibes and how much they remind me of some of my favorite underground bands from the 90's. I filmed this at the Funhouse in Seattle and synced up with live audio from a previously recorded live session. Their debut album "Chrome Neon Jesus" is out now on Epitapth records.
In case you didn't know, MxPx is back and better than ever. This year, the mostly depressing year of our lord, 2018, has produced a lot of duds, but NOT MxPx. They crowd funded their new record and obliterated their goal. For each song on the album, they asked different people to create music videos to go along with them. My song, was Disaster. For their recording sessions, I was in the studio with them, documenting the process, so it was only fitting that my video reflected that. For this, I used 3 different cameras on each part. A camera on a tripod, a camera mounted on a stabilizer and one that I used for close up detail type shots. The end result, is something that I'm super proud of. I'm also a huge fan of this album, so if you haven't heard it yet, go check it out wherever you stream your music.