Sunday, October 30, 2011

Champion Sound


Rememeber when I mentioned that I get to do something really awesome a couple of weeks ago? No? Okey well anyways, now I have time, energy and permission to write about it. One of my favorite bands at the moment, Crystal Fighters, posted on their Facebook that they're looking for boys and girls in London for their next video. This is the positive side of having to have Facebook on at work. The negative side of course is that it easily distracts you, especially if these kind of updates come up.

Being siked of having the chance to finally be in a music video, but not hearing from the production company, until a day before the shooting started, when I called them was really stressful. Apparently some emails had slipped through, but luckily they managed to still get us in. Thank you Saloon Films for that!

Me and Linda went for the second shooting day, and had to wake up at 5.30! I don't remember when was the last time I had to get up so early. They were filming in some kind of warehouse type of cold, moldy building, which didn't matter until we had to dress up in slippers and short-sleeved shirts or no shirts at all and so on. I was lucky enough to keep my trousers on!

It wasn't until 5h later, when all of us had our hair and make-up done and clothes changed that action called. This is more or less the brief for the first scene we did: "You've been raving for 15 days now, and it has to be sensual and dreamy as you walk across the hall".

                                   raving for 15 days                                         or not!

the fantastic luke treadaway
and the beautiful georgina bevan

The second scene we did was us in a half circle watching the band play and being all mesmerized (or stoned). Kind of a pity that I concentrated so much in posing (which the camera didn't even film), than actually enjoying that the band was in a way "playing a private gig" for us.

Then the fun part started.

photos by l.lundberg (excl. pics where she herself is)

It's quite cool that one of the Crystal Fighters' girls used to be at The Animal Farm too. Such a small world. And the band told us so many things that isn't on Wikipedia. Haha.

But hey enough of me writing, here's the actual video, which was released last Monday.

Linda says: "Jaleh you're the second last person to be seen in the video!", haha that's true and so cool! That's by far one of the best experiences I've had. And Linda's become a fan of the band now. And actually Champion Sound had never been my favorite tracks on the album, but that's changed, since I noticed that the lyrics are so beautiful!

When you find that love inside of me. Deep within the heart of me.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sencity London '11







After hitting countries like Germany, Spain, South Africa and Australia, this multi-sensory club event for the deaf and hearing finally hit London.

Being involved in the two previous 'Sencity's in Finland and buzzing around a bit in its birth country Holland, I just had to be part of this too. I had a lot of fun flyering in Camden and laughing with others at the merch.

Of course the volunteers weren't the only ones having fun during the night.

it was hard to recognize our first year lecturer

Yes it kind of did smell like it. Literally.

I'm glad that London got to experience this. Deaf people are fun to party with, and I mean it.

For last I leave you something what Finland should be proud of.

photos by d.tett & l.lundberg

Ps. don't forget the komkommers.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Club Fandango


It was the first time I brought my longboard to work, since we agreed to go longboarding in the Tower Bridge area with Linda. We were super excited about that, but then we realized that iremembertapes. were performing in London that evening.

We got even more excited!

A 20-minute show the previous Thursday left us craving for more from the lovely band. This time they were doing a Club Fandango, which "presents the best in alternative indie music with regular nights across London and the UK". This fandango was at Bull&Gate up north.

There were 4 bands playing, and iremembertapes. started the evening. I'm glad they played 'First Light' this time. It's probably my favorite song of the debut album.

 I also met the girl, who was in the 'Gossip' video. She looks completely different; 1. taller 2. Linda suspected the nose ring to be fake, but no it was real, someone just had punched it off 3. it's amazing what lipstick and hair spray can do to you.

The second act was White Arrows, straight from America, and it was their first time to play outside their country! I guessed they were coming from San Francisco, because of how they dressed up, but the right answer was LA, still pretty close! And they sounded like Swedish Miike Snow. We talked with the singer Mickey after the show, and it was nice of him to show his playlist on his phone, which had a lot of good songs, like Lykke Li. And he started to talk about The Doors documentary, when he saw my shirt, so cool. Also, apparently their manager used to manage Linkin Park or something?

The next to go on stage was Call The Doctor. I just loved the singer's attitude! She had a bit of a punk thing going on. Going to the audience and grabbing everyone. And we got their old EP for a pound. Now that was us being ripped off. Music should be free. Just kidding of course. People please support the artist.

video made from about 2000 still photos shot in a single afternoon on an apple iPhone

The last to play was Retraplayer. They have a song called 'Drinks in Helsinki', which obviously made us go *o/*

it's the first time i saw this video, and i thought they were joking when they said they tried to make it look like helsinki

Apparently they had been working with The Animal Farm before, then we figured maybe that was the reason for the song's name. But no, it was just a random pick.

photos by l.lundberg

All of the people we got to speak to were really sweet. Maybe I should be visiting more indie nights. Still when the bands have time to speak to their fans. And show were they spend their nights.

Last but not least our underground session: