The band is called Single Mothers (London, ON) and the song is called “Baby.”
Interview below the video.
Brittany is from London, ON, currently residing in Toronto, ON.
I’m just gonna record this conversation by the way, if you don’t mind
Oh that’s cool.
I almost wanted to tell you to repeat what you said but it’s not going to be the same.
(laughs) Yeah I don’t even know what I just said.
It’s good when it’s in the moment, right? What were you thinking when you were editing?
Honestly like it just kind of, that everything that I told you before. The way that it panned out was me sitting down and editing it was just… it wasn’t a plan whatsoever. It was just kind of the way that I was feeling towards it and the fact that I was really excited about this. The band that I was working with, just like the memory of actually being there shooting and just like how positive I felt and how happy I was to be there and to be a part of that scene and the energy. I was a part of it, like I was a person that was at that show watching it and like the end product was exactly that. Like it was just like the moments that I was there, like it was just so high energy. And that motivated me to keep pushing the project to be the best that I could be: to be able to share with everybody else how exactly I felt while I was there.
I felt like I was in the concert while I was watching it.
Yeah it was so special – that night. It was fucking awesome. They moved me like, say if somebody wants to hire me to do a project, like hey can you come out, we want you to do our music video, and I’m like trying to get into the band, like it’s hard. That’s how work is gonna be like, you’re not always going to do things you always want to do but you always try to make it the best that you can, like I actually cared about it and I was kind of me approaching them and wanted to do something for them… just give it my all and be able to share to the world or all their fans exactly what the band meant and just the feeling they gave to me as a fan… just share to everybody… and just the raw, the raw-ness of their actual show and how fucking awesome it was. I didn’t have to fabricate it at all. The band originally, we kinda sat down and talked about it because they inquired to me that they wanted to make a music video and it was so fun. I was like, I loved their music anyway and I was really excited about the idea and I kinda wanted to hear what they have to say, like what they wanted. I was planning on kinda getting that and so I went out and shot this show and that’s all that I needed. I was feeling confident that I had everything that I need, but it’s just from my point of view.
When you were watching the show, you really felt… you really felt like you were in the moment, right?
You were feeling it.
I was totally feeling it. Honestly, like looking back at it now, I don’t remember the camera in my hand. It was just kind of, I don’t remember… I don’t even remember what lens I use. I don’t even remember pressing record. I had a couple of friends come with me and we had a production meeting beforehand, but honestly they gave full control to me. So there’s my little crew and we’re like “Okay, so what are we gonna get?” I told them straight up, “We’re going to the show.” It’s fucking awesome that we had 4 cameras and we had a lot of gear and we didn’t necessarily have to have it. I could’ve probably sat there with my own camera and got that exact quality. But why not, I had all these people to help me and we tried the best that we could. I didn’t really have to give them direction, at the end of the night, everybody was like, “That was a fucking amazing show. Thank you for bringing us out.”
I think the one time was that song was under two and a half minutes. It was awesome. We got to go there and enjoy the show and make the video.
Where was it?
It was downtown London, Ontario. It was kinda like a dive bar, but now it’s where the shows are happening now, it’s called Alex P. Keaton. There’s a lot of personal things with the end product of it. I did put my own personal touch to it. It was me that went out and captured exactly what happened. I was emotionally invested into it. I wanted to put my own spin on creativity. I still kinda wanted to make it my own.
It spoke for itself. It just gained life on its own, right? Like it just kinda happened and you went with it, right?
It’s awesome. I love that! I don’t even think about it, I just look at it and go, “Woah, that’s awesome!” Then I look at the interviews and I see it just kinda happens. You can’t really plan it.
I liked how you were telling me about the feedback, about how it was raw and like how you said nowadays people are just looking for more quality with the cameras that people use and stuff. It’s ironic because we did bring out, collectively, the gear that we had was worth quite a bit of money. My first rough cut was super clean and it looked really polished. It was funny because it looked great, but I knew that I had to down-res it to be able to portray exactly that…
To get the feel of it…
To get the feel of it and like you were saying, certain percentage of people now are looking into special effects and just really fabricating their work and stuff like that… in a way, I kinda had to, to be able to bring it down to the level to like being there. Because I felt like the cameras that we did bring were almost too… almost killed the feeling of being there… Do you know what I mean?
It’s funny when I first looked into getting my own camera, I got a DSLR and I spent a shitload of money. The fact that I’m using that footage and throwing grain on top of it and trying to make it look more rough, just shows that you don’t always need that kind of equipment (to be creative).
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