I can’t believe I’m writing another one of these year-long wrap ups. I feel like I wrote my last one just the other month.
This time around, I decided to highlight my favorite 7 videos of 2017. I threw myself into doing video work much more this year and it was incredibly difficult at first but it led to so many amazing and different opportunities I would’ve never had just doing photo. It’s been a great year of learning and growing as a creator. Thank you to all the amazing bands I worked with, I can’t wait for next year!
My first ever tour recap video and it was, at the time, my longest club tour. I was still in my last year of college but when presented with this opportunity, I knew I had to do whatever it took make it work. I remember practicing conducting in my bunk, scribbling Japanese characters for my language course and having to take like 5 exams the day I came back to school but it was worth it. I had such a blast being a part of the ISSUES team even just for 11 days.
GOOD CHARLOTTE: Keep Swingin'
I spent a week with Good Charlotte on an east coast run, just 3 days after my college graduation. I had to pack up my apartment, ship it all to San Diego, and take a midnight bus to Stroudsburg, PA. This run included us performing at the Preakness in GC’s home state of Maryland and that was a blast. One of the most interesting days of people watching. This music video is a collection of that tour as well as footage of the song’s guest vocalist, Kellin Quinn from Sleeping with Sirens, that I had been filmed during 2016 Vans Warped Tour.
CHON: The Homey Tour
Remember when I said I threw myself into video? This is the tour I really just dove in head first. 31 days, 21 shows with 21 mini recap videos. It was a challenge that made me nervous but so excited. I wanted them to all be unique and different, while keeping the fans interested and engaged. Most nights I was up until 4:30 a.m. making the most minor tweaks. So a few weeks after tour, when I cleared my head, I put this tour recap video together, which is something I still watch regularly and it makes me smile. I had such a blast meeting my new friends in CHON on this tour and watched them dominate their biggest headline tour ever.
WATERPARKS: Studio Diary #1
Waterparks really are a band that’s different from any other. Studio diaries are supposed to be serious, where artists dive into the backstories of their songs - and we did that, but I also wanted to be able to share just how funny these guys are. I really can’t wait for people to hear this record.
Sleeping With Sirens: Release Day
This video documents Sleeping with Sirens’ release day of their record, “Gossip”. They had worked for such a long time on this record and it was great to have it finally out. We started our day at iHeartRadio in D.C. for an interview and performance, then a performance at the Hard Rock and closed it out with a great show that night. I loved seeing these tightly packed rooms with the guys feeding off the crazy energy from the crowd.
Chase Atlantic: OKAY
While on the, “Gossip” tour with Sleeping with Sirens, I was asked to direct a live music video of the opening band and fellow Warner label-mates, Chase Atlantic. The Australian trio were in the process of putting out their debut record and I've been really interested in their music. I had a second shooter named Kave, who was essential in this video for the day-roll and helping us get an alternate angle for the live shot. The energy was unreal. I’m so hyped for this video and excited for Chase Atlantic’s future.
CHON: Tour Prank
Feels only fitting to end this list with the last tour of the year. I was lucky enough to join CHON again as they played with Balance & Composure, Thrice, and Circa Survive this fall. The bands and crew came on stage during the last song and rapped, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song over “Perfect Pillow”. It was a great way to end this year.