For those of you who don’t follow us on social media *hint-hint* we recently had the privilege of being asked to join a list of prominent local artists and shoot an episode for PDX Spotlight at Portland Community Media. PDX Spotlight is an amazing local, volunteer-run and highly professional TV and YouTube show that highlights local musicians and talent in the greater Portland metropolitan area along with it’s surroundings. Each month they produce a new episode that airs on Comcast and keeps a permanent residency on their YouTube channel. We can’t begin to thank everyone for this huge opportunity, not to mention it was downright FUN.
The night started out a little shaky to be honest. We’ve all had experience setting up a stage and running through sound check, Ed Rei of Sonusman made it probably the easiest setup and sound check of our lives so far, but the video recording was a little different. None of us have had any experience being filmed while playing, especially not with multiple big cameras pointed at us, men and women with handhelds scurrying around at odd angles to get unique shots and no one clapping or shouting when you finish a song due to having to prepare for the next take. After our first song though we could feel the tension in our music ease as we fell into a more comfortable form and shook off the jitters. It helped a lot when we started to notice those serious camera men and women start tapping their toes and bobbing their heads to our music.
Following the songs being recorded and a couple retakes to get the best possible versions we sat down the the hostess Natasha Haynes for the interview part of the show. In our usual fashion we probably took up more time than we should have cracking jokes with Natasha and the crew but it’s just one of those things we can’t help. We like to have a good time and we like to make people laugh. We can’t tell you everything we talked about in the interview (there’d be no reason for you to watch it if we did) but we touched on some light hearted subjects, as well as the more serious side of music, even bringing a tear or two from the crew.
After the whirlwind of action was done Kelly Jones of Portland Notes (another GREAT source for local Portland area music scene updates and info) took the time to sit down with us for a brief interview. She wrote a beautiful article and included a short informal audio interview that you can Check Out Here!
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