On 15, Jan 2016 | In Music Videos | By mrapha
NARA – Fuck You
Nara is a talented upcoming artist, singer and songwriter, living between London and Los Angeles. Her latest song “Fuck You” was shot here in Thessaloniki were she originally began her career. We tried to create an atmosphere that was a bit dark and scary for the viewer in order to take them out of their comfort zone.
Voreia Asteria – “Kaliteres Meres”
2011 was a time when the results of the economic crisis were strongly felt on the streets go Greece. The lyrics of this track are powerful and graphic but in the end give out hope for better days. We followed the group around Thessaloniki where they hang out mostly and documented everyday life.
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Tendts – “I Met a Girl”
This video was part of the Bandrop sessions project. The Tendts played live at Bord de l’Eau Drink Room in 2014 and I filmed this session during their performance and recorded the sound through Bord de l’ Eau’s console. Two GoPro cameras were mounted on their chests to provide their point of view. Mainly because I was curious to see how many buttons they press.
Sonny Touch – “Need a Rest?”
This video was part of the Bandrop sessions project. I really enjoy filming in timeless locations. I particularly enjoy being able to film a live performance during which I am inspired by both the artist and the surrounding space. Lotus record store is one of Thessaloniki’s “hidden historic diamonds” and Sonny Touch one of the most talented upcoming performers of this city. I filmed this session in one take using a long dolly track and it was recorded live by sound engineer Kleanthis Manolaras.
Polygrains – “Fuit”
This video was part of the Bandrop LIVE Sessions project. Filmed at THE MET Hotel in Thessaloniki. I tried to create a 70s retro-atmosphere, which combined with Polygrains’ unique voice, resulted in this special music video. This amazing performance was recorded live by sound engineer Kleanthis Manolaras.
Pölkar – “Caribbean Girl”
This video was part of the Bandrop sessions project. We accidentally found this location while trying to find a boat to use as a backdrop for the video. I filmed this session in one continuous take, walking backwards blindly through rusty nails and broken glass. Right behind me, guiding me through the minefield and simultaneously recording was sound engineer Kleanthis Manolaras.
Plastic Flowers – ‘Populists’
‘Populists’ was filmed and recorded live in May 2012. Back then, the Plastic Flowers were a 4-piece band. They were spending a week recording their third album ‘Aftermath’ at an old mansion where time seemed stuck in the ’70s. There was no running water but that didn’t seem to bother them, as they were spending most of their days and nights playing and experimenting with new sounds. They played a two hour set for me and it was surreal.
Plastic Flowers – ‘In You I ’m Lost’
The Plastic Flowers were writing new material and invited me to spend two days with them and film whatever I liked. When I got there I found them in the middle of their firewood scavenging. They were also growing their own vegetables and fixing up their home, preparing for the cold winter ahead. They cooked and after the meal, they retreated to their practice room where they played, slept and ate for the remaining of my time there. One of the songs they had recently come up with, ‘In You I’m Lost’, caught my attention and they agreed to film a take in the early hours of that rainy Sunday.
Pavlos Pavlidis & B-movies – “Osoi trone apo ta skoupidia”
This video was part of the Bandrop LIVE Sessions project. I filmed this session in a car-yard in the outskirts of Thessaloniki and it was recorded live by sound engineer Kleanthis Manolaras. I loved working with Pavlos Pavlidis as he is one of my favorite Greek performers until today and this is one of my favorite Bandrop sessions.
Mary’s Flower Superhead – “Touch To A Blast”
This video was part of the Bandrop sessions project. Mary’s Flower Superhead is a brilliant band from Thessaloniki. Their creativity combined with the atmosphere of this particular antique store resulted in a very interesting live performance. I filmed this session in one take from the only angle available in this cramped little room and it was recorded live by sound engineer Kleanthis Manolaras.
Madeleine Peyroux – “Min Ton Rotas Ton Ourano”
This video was part of the Bandrop sessions project. Madeleine Peyroux is performing a song by Manos Hadjidakis (in Greek!) which she later sang at her concert for Sani Festival 2013. I filmed this session in one take and was personally dazzled by her extraordinary performance. Credits to sound engineer Kleanthis Manolaras who captured the “feeling” of the song perfectly.
Keep Shelly in Athens – “Lazy Noon”
This video was part of the Bandrop LIVE Sessions project. Sarah from Keep Shelly in Athens performed “Lazy Noon” for us outside the concert venue just a few hours before their last concert as a band. The session took place between sound-checks of multiple bands that only gave us a 5 minute window. Unfortunately the rest of the band is inside the venue and hidden behind a black curtain in the background. Sound engineer Garip özdem used a combination of wireless microphones, audio from the venue’s console, his boom and a lavalier microphone on Sarah to capture the sound coming from both locations. Filmed in one continuous take.