Blare Media is thrilled to be a part of the single releases for two rising musical acts in 2018. One is the soloist D.B.L. and the other a folk duet known as Copper Viper. Both acts originate from foreign lands with distinct sounds and journeys. We are happy they selected us at Blare Media to create their music videos.
First to release their single this year was D.B.L. with a track titled “Another Round.” The song is upbeat and rhythmic and will make you want to move your hips. The sound is like a smorgasbord of tropical flavors. The artist is from the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia so it is no surprise that the song incorporates solid reggae roots. The style is in the vein of early island reggae, hip-hop, pop and R&B. It’s a bit eclectic, but very fun. This track is part of 2 new releases from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackie Jackson’s record label “Critically Amused.”
For the D.B.L. video we tried to recreate the vibes and plot from the song. The central story is based around a chance meeting and potentially missed connection. In the first part of the song our DP Ian McAleece captures the flirtatious moment of eye contact and the fun that followed as D.B.L. builds up the courage to ask her to dance. After the couple works their assets on the dance floor they go off for a walk around the beach. Not wanting the day to end D.B.L invites her to to an afternoon pool party. She never shows… which builds up to the moment when she finally shows up at the after party. That is when everything kicks up a notch and everyone really starts grooving. That is also the moment when we get to see D.B.L. show off the dances moves that first caught Jackie and the whole Jackson Family’s eye. The video has great energy as directed by Justin McAleece. Eric Mathis our grip and Joseph Moffitt our assistant director rounded out the crew. Blare producer Ro Leon helped piece together the locations, talent, and crew.
The next song and video release “Hung Up Alone” was from Copper Viper. The folk/bluegrass duet Robin Joel Sangster and Duncan Menzies start off the song with molasses smooth delivery of an a cappella section to introduce us to the band and their transcendent vocal appeal. After that, the violin strings sing and the guitar strums like the chugging of a moving train. It will make you want to get up and grab a whisky bottle, Jameson preferably. Most might be surprised to hear this type of barn-stomping music come from London, however, the true roots of folk and bluegrass music originate from the British Isles though they were brought to the Appalachian mountains years and years ago. A similar typical band can consist of 5 instruments, but we found that what these two can do with only two instruments to be truly remarkable.
From the outset, the song hooks you and continues to reward the listener for a short and sweet 3 minutes. The themes of loss and relationship complications dominates the B-story in this video and it ends up with the characters drowning their sorrows quite effectively with a shared bottle of whisky. There’s something timeless about two friends commiserating over a drink or ten about lost loves and failed connections. Justin McAleece did a great job directing the talent. Just as equally important, director of photography Ian McAleece selected and dialed in every shot. We wanted to pay attention to every detail like Copper Viper did with their song and even selected a special “look” for the post production coloring. Ryan Gibson as grip and Mehran Heard as the production assistant rounded out the rest of the Blare crew.