We were excited to work with Top Of The Popz yet again on a follow up to their 2015 Promotional Music Video. The band have been working hard over the last few months building their brand and booking out their calendar and were eager to build their video portfolio.
This time around they secured the amazing Kilronan Castle in County Roscommon for the video shoot. They kindly let us have the run of the huge ballroom down there which is a fantastic venue. The venue really stands out in the video and the lighting provides an evocative backdrop to the band’s sounds. Top of The Popz cover a lot of styles and genres, but we’ve been most impressed with their rock, pop and electronica offerings.
It’s safe to say these guys are going from strength to strength and are fast becoming one of Ireland’s most in demand party bands. You can catch them at one of their regular showcase gigs around the country. We’re looking forward to the chance to work with them again next year.
We had the privilege of being invited to the rehearsals for this years annual Rock Against MS in Los Angeles thanks to the Bass legend that is Tanya O Callaghan. And us being ourselves, we couldn’t help but get stuck in and do what we could to help; and what do we do best but make videos?
The Rock Against MS is a great cause, with the LA gigs being run by the indomitable Nancy B Sayle. This is it’s third year. It annually hosts some of the biggest names in Rock Music, and this year was no exception with Billy Sheehan, Joel Hoekstra from Whitesnake and Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction all signed up. The gigs are intended to raise funds and awareness for the Rock Against MS foundation.
We got to hear all the acts rehearsing and putting together their tracks for next Thursday night down at SIR (Studio Instrument Rentals), one of LA’s most famous rehearsal spaces, and rental houses. All the musicians were signing some great merchandise which will be up for grabs on Thursday. Schecter Guitars donated two beautiful axes which you will see in the promotional video. and there’s tons of drum heads, guitar picks and so on.
What an experience getting to hang out with these legends. All in all we shot 12 little video snippets calling people to come and support the cause down at the Whiskey A Go Go. And rumours have it that there may be one other huge rock star showing up on the night, but I won’t breath a word. You’ll have to see for yourself on the night (EDIT: So Taylor Hawkins turned up and sang a David Bowie tune. Aaamaaazzinnng!!) .
Studio Music Video for Country Music Artist Jade Mya
So this October proved to be a wild month for us here at Kerbute. Following on from our exciting summer adventure at the Recording Festival in Grouse Lodge, we were invited to Toronto to shoot a series of studio music videos for country music artist Jade Mya.
We were invited over by her Producer Douglas Romanow, whom we met at the Festival. He’s a very accomplished and talented Music Producer, and has a host of pop and country music credits to his name. As well as being a producer and composer, he is the Musical Director for the Canadian Country Music Awards, and a very talented artist in his own right. We had spoke about the possibility of shooting a studio music video in Toronto with one of his artists when we met – an idea that excited us very much as you can imagine. We all kept in touch, and true to his word he soon followed up with an introduction to the stunning and talented Jade Mya.
We flew over to Toronto for a week in mid October, just as the leaves were turning their glorious fall colours. The music videos were shot in downtown Toronto at Noble Street Studios; state of the art, built for purpose studios that have hosted artists like Will Smith, Justin Bieber, Drake and Kiesza to name a few. What a stunning building, and what a great experience! We also did some outdoor EPK stuff with Jade in the autumn colours of High Park, which you may get to see at some stage.
Jade is a born star, gorgeous on camera and gorgeous in personality too. She has a grace and presence in person, and a burning passion for country music. Jade is an experienced model, fitness queen and philanthropist and is quickly becoming an in-demand country singer.
Despite being a little tight for time (both Jade and Douglas are not short of ambition) the video shoot was tremendous fun and quite relaxed thanks to Jade, Douglas and his crew at Noble Street.
This is the first of four music videos to be released from the session; a cover of ‘Shotgun’ feat. Christina Aguilera fro the show Nashville.
Promotional Video for Recording Festival 2015 at Grouse Lodge Studios
It’s fair to say that Kerbute have had a great summer packed with adventures. One of the highlights for us was being the video team for the first edition of the Recording Festival at Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, the Recording Festival is an international competition whereby a musical artist can win two weeks residential recording at the iconic studios. This is a huge prize, and there’s nothing else like it out there.
The competition is the brain child of Filippo Gaetani, a talented and hugely experienced Music Producer and artist. Filippo had been to Grouse Lodge before producing ‘Overhead the Stars’ with Peter Doran. We also worked on that project which is how we came to meet Filippo and wound up collaborating again this summer. The atmosphere and surroundings during his first trip to Grouse Lodge inspired Filippo to create the Recording Festival competition, where winning artists would be given a chance to live, collaborate and record with experienced producers and engineers for two whole weeks in the idyllic setting.
The applicants apply with a single song, which then goes through several rounds of judging. The judges panel are made up of industry experts who between them have worked on some of the greatest musical talents of our time. This years winners we certainly deserving, and proved to be both incredibly talented and fun to be around.
This is the promotional video for the 2015 edition of the competition. It is designed to introduce you to the festival and encourage artists to apply for the next edition. We shot a ton of compelling and fun footage over the two weeks this summer, and that content will be edited and released sometime next year, so watch this space. We really loved shooting it, and we’re sure you’ll love watching it.
Recording Festival are currently accepting submissions for it’s upcoming 2017 edition so get on it and apply here: http://www.recordingfestival.com/ Judging by how great the first one was, the next one is going to be something really special.
Promotional Video for SAID – Serviced Apartments In Dublin
We recently finished a promotional video for Serviced Apartments in Dublin, short term letting specialists in Dublin City.
They wanted a promotional video to showcase a little of what someone might experience during a stay at one of their serviced apartments in the Dublin City centre. We had a short mid-morning shoot where we explored the property, and used the model to help create a human attachment with the property. SAID have very modern clean apartments with all modern conveniences, and we used a deliberate contemporary visual style while shooting to reflect this. We wanted to showcase the tranquil location in the middle of the big city. We also wanted to reflect the peace one might expect while staying there, combined with great access to the central business districts. This is vital for anyone who intends to visit Dublin City on an extended business trip, but wants the freedom and resources of their own apartment without the commute or travel times in and out of the city.
We shot it using the Freefly Movi M10 and the Panasonic GH4 in and around this apartment in the city centre. This kit was light and flexible, while still providing high quality video, and suited the job perfectly. We could plan and execute shots quickly and produce a number of takes without wasting too much time. We were able to capture a number of run-and-gun shots near the location to provide some context to the central location, and we employed the GH4’s excellent in-camera timelapse feature for production value.
This project happened as part of our Property Visuals business.