Grant Gerathy- Drums John Butler Trio – Byron Bay, Australia

While filming on location at The Calgary Folk Music Festival this past July, I noticed a familiar face in the hotel hallway. Beach waves, flip flops, and a laid back smile. What a pleasant surprise!

Where are you writing this?

On an old lounge in the sun

Home is where your story begins, would you tell us a bit about yours?

Byron is one of the friendliest places I know. It’s such a great place to be.

How did music find you?

I was surrounded by it from an early age, it was only a matter of time. Everyone in my family play some instrument.

What was it about the drums?

My uncle was an amazing drummer. I think I knew how to play a beat before even sitting on a kit. I actually had a kit for 6 years before sitting down and really playing it, then didn’t put the sticks down.

As a drummer where does your inspiration/ new beats come from?

So many influences, but you can’t go past older stuff like Al Jackson Jnr’s playing on all the Stax recordings. You will hear just about every beat that your hear on the radio these days in that old stuff. John Frusciante does some great drum programming, and of course the legendary programming of JDilla

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Photography by Allison Seto

How were you discovered to be involved in the John Butler Trio? 

I have known Byron for years and had met John several times. John asked if I would like to have a play with them, and something worked I guess.

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“Youth” A film by Paolo Sorrentino is a must see.

Clever and intuitive artistry. A compelling journey accompanied by a introspective soundtrack. A must see film within today’s releases.

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Escondido prepare for February Release: Walking With A Stranger

Up and coming music blog New Interstice recently released an article and video on Escondido that is too good not to share.

Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James.  Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim.  Their David Lynch approved desert rock was described by Vogue as “One of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred” and led to appearances on Conan and ABC’s “Nashville.”  Following the release, the band toured North America and Europe with the likes of Lord Huron and Wild Cub while spending their down time composing music for TV & Film.  Most recently, they wrote a song with Lena Dunham for characters Marnie & Desi in the upcoming season of HBO’s “Girls.”  The duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger.

The pair met while James was recording their mutual friend at his home studio.  “Jess was quietly strumming this song Rodeo Queen on the couch while everyone else was making drinks in the kitchen.  I pushed record and added a little groove before folks got back in the room.  Later that night we listened to it and both said ‘You wanna make a record?’”  They spent the next two months crafting the songs and bonding over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and songwriters from the 70’s.  “We’d put on Ennio Morricone every morning,” says Maros.  “It’s an easy process when you both love the same stuff.”

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Behind The Scenes with Director of Photography Andre Turpin on Adele’s latest music video, ‘Hello’

A whole film has to leave an imprint on your brain that is a constant formal expression.Andre Turpin

Andre Turpin’s visual substance is number one on the charts. Today we vocally learn more about the man behind the lens.

This interview is hosted by Vancouver Cinematographer Wes Chew

Let’s talk your latest project Adele’s music video for, ‘Hello’

Technically speaking, what were you shooting on and why?

We shot on two formats. We shot on 35mm for about ninety percent of the music video, on Kodak 5219 and 5213 with three Hawk Vantage P1 lenses, and Master Primes for the rest.
One or two shots that Xavier Dolan [Director] wanted to try was silk stocking the back of the lens, we actually did one or two shots like that, but didn’t use it very much. The reason for the 35mm was because Xavier and I really like it. I’ve never shot digital other than commercials, all the film’s I’ve shot have been on 35mm.

Otherwise we also shot five or six shots on IMAX 70mm which is a bit crazy. But we wanted to test IMAX for a couple of wide and close-up shots [laughs] which was really crazy!
That was because we really wanted to get a shallow depth of field and see how much detail we could get in the wide shot, like on the crane when Adele is singing by the pond with a lot of wind and leaves, that was shot on an IMAX.

At the beginning of the music video there is a close-up of her [high angle close-up] looking down where she opens her eyes, that was also shot on IMAX.


How was that high angle close up lit?

It was only bounced lighting on the ceiling that was really diffused. I think they were 400w Joker-Bugs. I use them all the time, they are my favorite lamp. The light was bounced off the ceiling and re-diffused through muslin close to her face.

Adele is really easy to light and extremely photogenic. She was also very fashionably made-up, her Artist knows how to sculpt her features. Seriously, I have rarely shot anyone as photogenic as she [Adele] is, she is a beautiful woman to start off, but she really is easy to light. Outside- I barely lit her outside because the natural light was fine for her. I did light her a bit, but we did do a lot of shooting with natural lighting and the make-up did the job.

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