I had no idea that this was dropping today (October 9th), but even the director gets surprised sometimes. Tonight, over at Alt Press Magazine, my first “real” music video, for the song “Best Life” by my buds in MxPx is streaming to the world. We shot this, this summer at a bonfire with a whole bunch of fans, some of whom flew in from all over the country. Shot as a b-roll video with a lot of live performance shots as the sun went down, this was one of my favorite memories from the year. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the projects these guys have thrown my way and for their continued support of me as an artist. My son Christian Gravbrot assisted me in the filming of this and many of the used images are from his camera as well. We worked on the editing of this together, while he was staying with me this summer, which makes this even more special. Cheers!
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. This was my first music video for Mike, which began a number of projects that spanned about 4 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.
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.
This was one of a few songs that we shot for the MxPx acoustic EP. Mike performed this one solo, while the others were accompanied by Tom. Released on Christmas Eve, 2018.
This was a collaboration that I did, with the guys in Digital Vendetta — who also happen to be the singer and bass player from Rust on the Rails. I directed this video, back in my hometown of Yakima, WA. We shot it at a historic train station, using original trolly cars for the video. We were even able to get it out on the original tracks that it used to run on, back in the early 1900’s.
This was filmed mostly as a one shot video, with interspersed footage cut in. Everything was shot on the Sony A6300 with a 7Artisans 50mm 1.1, with every shot at the lens’ widest aperture. I wanted the shots to feel tight and I allowed each member to fall in and out of focus as they moved around with their various instruments. Die Forever is off of their upcoming album.
This was a beast of a project, with all of the footage being shot during a sub-30 minute set by Fiore, in Tacoma. I’m used to putting together 45-60 second highlight clips from a concert, but this song clocks in at well over 3 minutes long. I’m proud of how it turned out and I’m happy to be able to present it.