Shot a quick lyric video in my own living room with my best friend Chase Evan. His girlfriend came out to the shoot to enjoy wine, listen to music, and just listen to the singles. I setup the camera and lights, and Chase did all the lyric overlays. We had a great time and actually shot a second video right after for his other single. Check out both videos below.
There are very few things in this world that I love more than shooting weddings. When I get the opportunity to capture something so beautiful, happy, heartfelt, and true it makes me very emotional. You will never be able to film something that is so genuine and pure as the never ending bond between two people. Of course there is a level of stress, time management, and organization that is required to pull off such a feat. Luckily I was able to shoot with my sister Sabrina and divide up the responsibility. As for the Bride and Groom, I luckily am very acquainted with them and a large number of their guests. I felt as though I was part of the celebration just as much as I was there to document it. This wedding was beautiful and the first time I was able to shoot downtown for a ceremony. It was an amazing event and I was so grateful to have been chosen to be there. I know they loved their video, and I hope you do too.
Like several other shoots I've had in the past, this shoot began with me going to the location, scouting the scene, and absorbing what we wanted to accomplish for the "feels" of the photos. After being in OB for about an hour, I get a frantic call from the band leader explaining that the shoot wouldn't work out. After another follow up call, the shoot was back on and we were on a tight schedule. We ended up shooting in 3 locations, but in my opinion only one location was really useable for the shoot. My favorite was Sunset Cliffs in OB, which I was able to lock in the vision by testing the camera on Patrick, their drummer, first. Eventually the rest of the band showed up and we got some good shots. Here are the test shots, and then full band.
I don't often get opportunities to shoot subjects in a photography standpoint. Almost all my work is primarily video or audio related. I reached out to Chase directly to shoot some test shots because the next day I had to photograph our mutual friend's band. Chase agreed and we went to Balboa Park because I live right next to it. These are the only usable shots from the hour or so we shot. Tell me what you think! I'll upload the shoot for Patrick's band, AJ Froman, tomorrow.
This is the follow up of the epic series which shows how we took all the audio from Part One and made them into usable files and sounds to create beats. We also show you how to sample indie films to use audio from them as samples in your beat making as well. Keep in mind, you probably don't want to take audio from The Godfather or The Notebook to sample in your beats. As for this shitty movie "Dropping Evil" I think they would be flattered we were using it for anything other than a coaster. Check out the video!
Alright guys, I shit you not, I got media press passes to NAMM this year. In doing so I got to meet and see a lot of dope people that I've either always wanted to meet in the audio world or old friends that I've known for years that are just crushing the game (Joel Wanasek). Either way my homie and audio engineer legend Christian Cummings got me in to film his day at NAMM and doing so we were allowed into the "media pit" of the OKGO concert that night. What people don't know is that my camera rig is so ridiculous that I could show up to almost anything and be waived on to the most exclusive of VIP's. I convinced Christian to follow me on to the very stage itself where only the band and the chairman of NAMM were allowed. Once greeted by anyone seeming to have authority to throw us out, I explained I was media press and we were covering the event exclusively through our channels, which they did not flinch and allowed us to stay!!! Needless to say we felt guilty halfway through the setlist and climbed down in the media pit where they were serving drinks and food, which turned out to be rad. We had a great time and I got some awesome footage. Here are a few screenshots from the day we had!
This was an awesome day. Chase Johnson is from my hometown of Rockford, IL and is the reason that I live in this beautiful city of San Diego, Ca. On top of that, he's the reason that Patrick and I met. Obviously, any chance that we can, Patrick and I will jump at the opportunity to pester Chase. Today we got Chase to go on an adventure to the Swap Meet with us to gather sound clips to put into a session, in a later video, to create beats from everyday life. Watch the part one of this series to understand what you're looking for when gathering clips and mainly just to watch Chase suffer through his hangover with us.
My good friend and day to day manager of Signature Sound Studios, Patrick DeWit, is building up his personal channel at Signature Sound by introducing the DJ Tech Tools 3D. It is a new digital tool designed to pretty much do whatever you throw at it. You can watch the video we shot and edited in a little under an hour. Always available to assist in bloggers and vloggers who want to build up their channels. I can shoot any and all projects thrown my way!
Mattias had reached out to create a video showcasing his skills on both guitar and vocals. He needed to submit a video to be accepted into a music school and decided to go with me as the videographer and my good friend Andre Elias as the audio engineer. This was shot at Signature Sound Studios in studio B. The video turned out great and Mattias killed it with his cover and got accepted based on his video entry to the school he was applying for. Here are some screenshots.
Signature Sound Studios has been around for nearly 30 years and have always provided top of the line, high quality audio recordings. They recently have just upgraded the studio to be fully equipped with 4k Resolution Black Magic Studio Cameras, fully temperature adjusting lights, a truss system, an ATEM live switcher, and a Teradek system which can live stream any video session to Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram at full HD with zero latency. I'm stoked on this because I'm their video guy, but anyone who wants to broadcast anything or share with their fans live in studio now has full capability for an extremely reasonable rate. Get at me if you have any questions and check out below all the cool places in the studio you could film/stream live.
I had the pleasure of filming an in studio session with the group Rumbos which included multi award winning artist Marcello and widely known studio/live performance bassist Pablo Della Bella (Ricky Martin/Fender/Aguilar). Being able to film the group was an awesome experience which was offered to me by Signature Sound Studios. I have been working exclusively as their video engineer for the last year, which has kept me from posting to my blog as much as I'd like to. Please check out the screenshots from the video shoot and check out Rumbos when you get a chance.
Today I had the unique opportunity to be the video assistant on a big shoot. The video was more corporate in nature, but it was being used to educate students in college learning rheumatology. As the video assistant you get to learn how bigger directors and producers work on set and if you are well versed in the equipment being used, you get to explain and help do a lot of what is happening. Since I had been working and using the equipment for several months at Signature Sound Studios I had an advantage and knowledge of everything being used. Luckily it came in handy and the shoot went off without a hitch!
So being as I am the resident camera man and operator over at Signature Sound Studios (Blink 182, New Found Glory, Rebelution, U2, and Steel Pulse) I was asked to take the official photos for the studio's website. This was exciting to say the least, but also thrilling because I don't get to flex my photography skills as much, nor are they by any means as strong as my videography chops. Either way, I had a blast doing it and its another notch to the belt! Check out the photos and tell me what you think! You can also see them right on the website if you so desire.
Once again we had the pleasure of shooting the group Chase Evan & Co live in Studio 52. They performed their original track "Neon" which will be one of many enormous tracks off the new Chase Evan debut album. This shoot was fun because we're actually really good pals with Adam Sisco the owner and audio engineer of Sisco Recordings. A lot of people think that it's a huge competition between engineers but the truth is we really only get along with each other. The fact that we're elitists, sarcastic, and otherwise impossible to communicate with others for the most part, when we're interacting with musicians and other audio engineers there is almost always a good bond and friendship that emerges.
Needless to say, we had a blast shooting in another studio than the ones we normally work in and Adam Sisco really knocked the session out of the park. Thanks to Chase Evan, Mark Campbell, Patrick Dewit, Stevie Jay, Adam Sisco, and last but not least Morgan Taylor my partner in crime here at American Accuracy Recording. Glad to see another successful video turn up, and to many more my friends!
Chase Evan and Stevie "KEEZ" came into Signature Sound this week to record a live cover of Indie Electro Alt giants, HONNE's "Gone Are The Days". When listening to the piano and vocal arrangement of the song, you completely detach yourself from any ties of the original. Being huge fans of HONNE here at American Accuracy Recording we were surprised how quickly we turned favor to Chase Evan's version. We are very confident in saying that he's taken the original and truly made it his own. Some might say (including us) it is an improvement to the original. You can peep the video below, which was filmed Tuesday 05/23/2017 at 10pm.
CHASE EVAN & KEEZ - "Gone Are The Days" Honne Cover live at Signature Sound
Chase Evan & Company performed "Make Love Not War" at Signature Sound Studios in San Diego today. The band isn't well known yet, but songs like these are not kept a secret for long. This track is short, catchy, and to the point. The message is clear and with times like these you can only hope those who hear it can live by the chorus. We tried to give the coloring of this video an old french film feel with a single shot composition revealing the elements of the song as they came into play. It's impressive when the musicians we shoot can play live flawlessly, but it's real magic when we can click artistically. Cheers boys on our first of many videos to come!
We had the pleasure of not just seeing, but filming our good friends REEL BIG FISH at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana last weekend. It was an action packed night to say the least, and as always the fish did not disappoint. Clever lyrics, catchy hooks, tight rhythm section, and an insane amount of energy keeps you entertained while watching, no matter how many times you've seen them. The theatre itself was beautiful, and the sound was killer! Cheers boys, thanks for beer!
Reel Big Fish 2017 Tour Teaser Video
The Maxwell Edison trio performing their songs live and acoustic in American Accuracy Recording Studios
Maxwell Edison and his trio have written a handful of songs which they want to share to the world. The music has been compared to that of John Mayer, Leon Russell, and Brett Dennen. Most of his songs are about love, loss, and the places in between. The session walks through what feels like an autobiographical when following the lyrics. The grooves of the songs feel like funk and R&B slowed together and created the sound that is their own. Videos will be posted as soon as they're edited!
We had the pleasure of filming and recording the intimate stripped down live performance of Village Park members Nico and Luca in their private home studio in the hills of Encinitas. The second you walk into this home studio you immediately recognize that the collection of equipment from the last century is nothing short of the best pieces in music. An original Fender Rhodes Electric Piano and classic Jensen speakers in the cab, Moog Sub Fatty synths, Nord electric synth stations, vintage baby grand pianos, and countless other treasures.
We were able to track two songs, one cover of "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood and a Village Park original "Play Pretend". With just a voice, a Rhodes, and a Taylor guitar these musicians filled the entire live room with not just music, but a vibe that captures the laid back essence of Southern California and the age of coming to reason.
How long have we waited for surf music to give us undeniable hooks to keep us singing for hours on end over and over again? Well we're working hard in our lab here at American Accuracy Recording to release to you the freshest tracks from a brand new group called Sixes. Forming around Singer/Songwriter John Wanser (Mooncrier/Dead Satellites) the group has written a handful of extremely memorable songs which will be released come 2017. Catch them live at the Soda Bar and other hipster dive bars around North Park, and buy their merch already!