New video from Joe Elliott for The Family Rain, on Virgin Records.
Thanks again to the wonderful crew! (List can be found here).
Billboard give the first sneak-peek into the new video from Mike Tyler - for Drum ‘n’ Bass heavyweights ‘Adam F’ and ‘Doctor P’ and hip-hop grandmaster ‘Method Man’.
This is a serious piece of work and we are all really excited to see it go out into the world!
More details coming soon but until then, head over to billboard and check out the trailer!
Been an exciting few months here. We have been making all kinds of projects; from films for drinks kings such as ‘Smirnoff’ and ‘Baileys’, to car giants like ‘Audi’ and even funeral directors too…
However, as usual in the Burning Reel camp, the things we get most excited about are music videos. We like to feel they are a speciality of ours… And we have been making these too! So whilst we wait for them to drop, we thought it would be cool to throw up just a couple of new stills, of 2 imminent promo releases. From directors Mike Tyler and Joe Elliott.
Some eye candy basically…
That’s all we can say for now. But keep your eyes peeled because we don’t want you to miss these!
Sometimes we get to work with our good friend and producer ‘Menik’. He is an immensely talented artist and we sometimes steal him to do some of the sound work on our projects; whether we need rich atmospheric Foley tracks or mixes. However, Menik (or Tom as we call him) is working on some new releases… and they are THE shit!
So we asked him some quick questions about his music and sound in general, what inspires him and his approach. We were interested to hear more from the sound point of view for a change. For an introduction to his music - go here. One day we hope to make a killer vid for him! Return the love y’know!
‘I’ve been lover of music since a very young age, my parents bought me a little plastic drum when I was 2 years old and I sat drumming to fleetwood mac for hours, they soon regretted that buy! I then took up the guitar when I was 8 but quit pretty rapidly as it hurt my little fingers. I picked it back up 5 years later and have been playing ever since.
Later on I discovered electronic music and naturally wanted to emulate what these producers were doing. Listening to so much music all the time I found myself appreciating “silence” a lot more, I started listening to the world around me instead of putting my head phones in and listened to all the intricate layers of sound that was going on and started to make field recordings of these and used them in my music and other projects. So all in all I think what attracts me to music and sound production is my appreciation for music and sound itself and wanting to contribute!’
‘Off the top of my head I’d have to say Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, MJ, Andy McKee, Clive Carroll, Alix Perez, Maribou State, Koreless, Paradox, The Stones, Bob Dylan, The Police, Flying lotus, James Blake, Ben Burt, Walter Murch etc etc… I could literally go on for hours. I also get very inspired by my peers and what they’re creating at the time as it’s a healthy competition and every one is very supportive of each others work and better yet, not afraid to give feedback, weather it be negative or positive.’
Do you think the music industry is in a healthy place right now?
'Yes and no! Speaking as a fan I think it's great, Youtube channels and various other online outposts have given a new power to the people; showcasing unknown artists that are quite frankly ridiculous at what they do! You also get the flip side of having twice as much terrible music to sift through and this can be a painful process. From an artist point of view its nice to have these free technologies at my disposal! From a business sense unless your willing to gangnam style your self its pretty tough to make a living solely on record sales and I think along with many others, it's the live shows that bring in the cash for musicians/dj's these days. This is a problem for me as I don't really enjoy performing! I also find the fact that artists and record labels are now paying for music video views, song plays and Facebook likes just to grab peoples interest pretty depressing.'
- What about a method or approach you have?
‘I always try to work from the middle out… otherwise I end up creating loads of amazing intro’s and not actually finishing anything!’
Do you try to achieve a certain signature style with your music?
'Not intentionally but I think it happens subconsciously with certain process's and instrument selections that I make. This is great for me because I like to make a lot of different genres, so it helps tie things together. I like to be free and create what I feel like creating at the time. If other people like it then lovely, if they don't then thats cool too! Id rather a producer make what they want to make rather than what fans want them to make. I think it makes for more interesting listening rather than the same track you heard last wednesday but in a different key.'
‘It probably has to be the time I was booked to record a women’s self empowering seminar. The whole day consisted of the speaker telling the women about how horrible men are! This lasted 8 hours! By the end, I even hated men!’
- Favourite track of the year so far?
‘I’m not sure if it came out this year or last but it has to be this;
- If you were being dropped off and left for dead in the Amazon rain forest, with only 1 item of your choice, what would this be?
‘A Bottle of Johnny walker!’
- What is coming in the second half of 2013?
‘I have a compilation coming out on Rebirth pretty soon that consists of twenty tracks. Five are a mixture of released and unreleased tracks from my self and the other fifteen are my favourite tracks from the Rebirth Catalogue.
In June I have a single coming out that should feature a very special vocalist that must remain a secret for now. Also I have three other projects underway one with a vocalist named Native who has an incredibly soulful voice and another with a lady named Ni Foster, who’s voice is more unique than Richard Payne. I also have another track that I’m hoping to get the lead vocalist from Proclaimed Knowledge ‘Safire de Soul’ involved in. This is an electro acoustic house track with a Spanish twist!
‘I recently finished some work for Little White Lies Magazine. They needed some sound design constructed for their Man Of Steel edition teaser-trailer and had a lot of fun experimenting with fire and power tools on this one.’
Nice video we finished a little while ago which went live recently. Directed by De La Muerte for the new emerging artist, Kenzie May. Really good one-day shoot, just outside London, making full use of our Producer Cal’s parents’ house.
Big love to Mr and Mrs Gordon! Couldn’t have done it without ya!