The new rap fusion collective BEND AND PEEL performed their first show impromptu at Main on Main, Santa Monica on April 26th, 2013. I was commissioned, at the last minute, to shoot the show and the cut it to the CD version of their song "Just Me".
Cutting a single venue live performance with vocalists to a non-live sound track is challenging because of the general lack of lip sync. It works for better for electronic music acts because there is no vocal performance but with live acts with vocals it is problematic. Even when you do create a lip sync it seems a bit off because the viewer expectation is live sound, not a CD track sound.
We did not have have properly recorded live audio, with the exception of bits here and there like the opening of this video. So, I could not show as much of the vocalists as I wanted, and, I had to employ layered editorial techniques, show shots of the space, and show shots of people "vibing"to the music to make it all flow seamlessly while still exposing the very cool track which is is "Just Me"
Joshua Levy - Vocals
Elliot Hanes aka Intent - Vocals
Ray Thomas - Guitar
Jorden Levine - Guitar
L "Boogie" Chalwell Cajon - Percussion
Lonnie "Meganut" Marshall - Bass