For my second single, Falling Back Together, I thought it would be really fun to do a GoPro type video, following me around my favourite places near where I live, in Manchester. We shot mainly in four locations: the centre of the city, Crosby beach (near Liverpool), The Edge and Etherow Country Park, which are both in Cheshire. The UKG mix of Falling Back Together was used as the lead mix for the video, which worked really well as it has a real sense of movement in the track, matching the walking in the video. So many of my favourite places are featured in the video, including The Northern Quarter in Manchester, the cathedral and the forest at Etherow! I decided it might be a good idea to do a black and white lyric video to really emphasise the meaning behind the words of the song, and make it even easier for people to learn them!
Recently I had the opportunity to go down to London and record two live sessions for an amazing YouTube channel called Reload Sessions! I was lucky enough to get to visit the Google offices and record in the YouTube studios. It really was one of my favourite experiences that I have had since starting to pursue music as career. Everyone involved was so lovely and made me feel so relaxed and surprisingly I hardly suffered from any stage fright at all! I chose to do an acoustic cover of Sorry by Justin Bieber and an acoustic cover of my song Stuck In Limbo and I think it went quite well…. The videos should be up on their YouTube channel in the next few weeks so fingers crossed they have turned out great!
The plan for my music video has been changed a little bit since my last post! Me and my producers spoke to the promo company that we are planning to use to promote the single, Stuck In Limbo, and they felt the video was too much like real life and a different approach may be better. As the track is a house mix, the plan is now to have a more upbeat and cheerful video focused on beautiful scenery with intimate and close up shots of me and a friend on a road trip. Certain elements of the previous storyboard remain in the new plan but with more of an emphasis on summer and fun shots.
The video will start off with me in a busy city and this scene will be shot with a time lapse effect, where it looks like the surroundings are moving at hyper-speed whilst I’m not moving. This is meant to represent the ‘limbo’ theme of the song. The rest of the video’s scenes are meant to represent a dream or memory state to a better time and take place on a road trip to the coast. The location is Dungeness, Kent, where there are some cool old boats and other interesting features on the beach to shoot around, as well as the sea and sand itself. The whole of the video apart from the short opening section in the city will focus on the scenery and natural beauty, as the aim is to keep the video upbeat and not too serious, like an escape from limbo to a better place and time.
I’m filming the video this weekend, Sunday 23rd August, in Milton Keynes and Dungeness, and despite being a little nervous I’m very excited to be doing my first music video! I’m working with a great team of really creative and lovely people, so I have total faith that despite the changes to the storyboard, the video will turn out great! I’m sure my next post will have some beautiful pictures from the shoot!
I thought I would take some time to appreciate some great music by other musicians and I have chosen the album Communion by Years & Years. I have been playing this album on repeat ever since I bought it two weeks ago and I’m blown away by how amazing of a debut album it is! I feel like whatever mood I’m in there is a song on Communion that can enhance my feelings and really draw me into the music. Olly Alexander’s voice is so unique and beautiful, with such an impressive range, and the synth and keyboard in the tracks complement his vocals so perfectly. The tracks are really varied, showing many different sides such as the more upbeat singles King and Desire in comparison to the deeper and brooding feel of tracks like 1977. The album also features a couple of acoustic versions of King and Ready For You, which are both very haunting and moving in their simplicity.
Singling out the best tracks from Communion is really difficult as I think it is so well rounded and there really are songs for every mood…. but that being said I do have my favourites! I think Gold is the song I play most as I think it builds so well and by the chorus I want to dance around and can’t help but sing along. It’s such a great song and never fails to cheer me up if I’m feeling a bit down. I also think Real is a great song for similar reasons, as the intensity grows into the chorus and the beat is infectious. Take Shelter is my favourite of the singles and I think the video is perfect for the song too. My final mention is for Eyes Shut as I think this is the most beautiful of the songs on the album. The vocals are so soft and lovely and the melody is so easy to listen to. However, for me the lyrics in this track stand out the most, such as, “I want to be bigger than life” and “Nothing’s gonna hurt me with my eyes shut”….. I just love them!
In my opinion, this truly is a remarkable album that has a bit of something for everyone. If you liked any of their singles and are considering buying the album, then I would definitely recommend that you do…. its amazing!
This is most of my friends and family’s favourite of my songs, I think because it’s so upbeat and catchy! At the risk of sounding like a serial dater or something, I wrote this song about two different guys and merged my issues with each of them together to make an exaggerated character. The lyrics of the song are about when you have moved on from someone and then they come to try and win you back, but you aren’t interested anymore. It refers to the point after a break up where you are finally in the acceptance phase and are ready to leave that person behind, but then they come to you and they say they feel the way you always wanted them to. In the case of the guys I wrote this song about, they were both scared of commitment and didn’t want to give up being single and all the freedom they thought they had, until it was too late. It’s basically a song about staying strong, respecting yourself and knowing when it is time to leave someone behind. This song will appear on my upcoming EP this year as both a house version and a garage version, but for the time being, check out me performing the original in the studio below!