Carry a bunch of heavy stuff.
At least, that will get you most of the way there. A couple weeks ago we made a submission for ReverbNation’s #1TakeCovers contest, which is basically a contest to see who can put on the most interesting performance in one take, both audio and video-wise.
Since Evan and I are usually the cinematographers for our own video projects, we were down a camera op and had to use a tripod. But we opted for a more interesting location, and filmed on a concrete foundation where an old saw mill used to be.
So here’s how we pulled it off:
So why 'Shades of Cool'?
I think Lana Del Rey has grown as an artist the more she’s stirred up controversy. Not some trite celebrity buzz, but basically everything that Ultraviolence stands for. Whether or not she got off to something of a populist start, she’s had some pretty profound things to say in the face of a critical, misogynic press. And the best part is that she doesn’t really seem to care about what they think anymore. Ultraviolence embodies what Lana Del Rey does best: being dour, scathing, and sincere all at once in a seemingly effortless manner. She’s got gusto, and that merits respect.
Additionally, none of the other songs we had the option to cover hold a candle to Lana Del Rey. Except ‘Latch,’ which we couldn’t do in a million years.
Catch our cover of 'Shades of Cool' below.
Highland Habits cover Lana Del Rey’s ‘Shades of Cool’
Watch, share, and like to help us win $1000 for our touring fund in Reverbnation’s #1TakeCovers contest!
The King of Farbs // Music Video OUT NOW
FREE DOWNLOAD - https://soundcloud.com/highlandhabits/the-king-of-farbs
Music by Highland Habits
Produced & directed by Daniel Cespedes
Additional cinematography by Mari Zee
© Highland Habits, 2014
As of last Friday (late, late Friday), mixing is complete. Looking back on the process of making an album the DIY-way, there are a couple pointers I would give to myself 3 months ago when I started.