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Here are a couple of "behind the scenes" footage taken when theDramedy was filming the "I Still See You (body mix)" music video. The outcome of any video will always appear slick and easy, but in actuality it's far from it. Many hours are spent on things like setting up the camera, making sure the lighting is great, experimenting with the angles, continuity issues (which there is one, see if you can spot it!). And sometimes, SOMETIMES...... after everything is set up, ready to go and filmed the shot doesn't even work! Haha. It's not that uncommon actually, in the world of film making, and our 5 minute 12 second music video actually took about 75+ different shots! Now... No matter how serious of an artist you are, you're bound to lose it on a few takes throughout whole process ;).

So sit back, have a good laugh and enjoy! As you can tell we are very "serious" about our work! You can check out more of our outtakes and goofs here.

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"I Still See You (body mix)" was filmed around the tail end of 2018, on and off across a couple of weeks (months?) at two locations in Los Angeles. Dave theDramedy directed the piece, Nick Carey filmed it and James O'Heron aka Software Jackal edited it (and what a fantastic job he did!). You can view the full video on our media page.






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Taking into account that one already has the talent, what makes a rock band and/or rock star has never been equipment, technical prowess, a funny haircut or anything like that. Those things are definitely a piece of the puzzle, but I believe it is more about essence, conviction, energy, and creativity. There is nothing pleasant about Bob Dylan's voice, but he believes in what he is singing about. Therefore the audience believes with him. Joni Mitchell never knew how to play guitar, so what did she do? She made up her own tuning / chords, wrote amazing songs, and became one of the leading artists in the music world. Iggy Pop: raw power at its finest, walking through the audience smashing bottles on his bare chest or smearing peanut butter on it. And then there's Jagger. Perhaps not the most attractive face, but when he hits the floor and sings, he oozes primal sexuality. Each one may have learned "technical prowess,” perhaps even in the later parts of their careers, but they each carry a fire. A fire that revealed their raw talent from the very beginning. I've always been a punk rocker at heart. The punk rock ethos has always been about going against the grain and a work ethic rooted in D.I.Y. And since day-one, I took that ideology and ran with it.


I've never been a "good musician,” in the technical sense. (Hell, sometimes I wouldn't even call myself a musician!) I'm that guy that picks up the guitar, writes songs, and performs the hell out of the stage. I book shows, promote, and keep moving forward, pouring every inch of my life, my sweat, and my blood into my art. I always thought that's how everyone operated, but I frequently found that too many never found that “fire” that explodes while on stage. They wanted to be in a band, play live and bathe in the adrenaline of the stage, but they became confined in their rehearsal, striving for “technical perfection” at the detriment of their performance. But what is perfection? Does perfection belong in rock n’ roll? Perhaps. But every band that has achieved greatness, it never started with perfection. It always been long winding roads, filled with countless ups and down, riches and misfortunes, good times and bad. The performance and the rehearsal may not ever be perfect, but if you have the energy and the guts to go through it anyway, you’ll have the makings of a great story. Maybe even the kind of story that will turn up in a biography or film that gets written about you. And if not, maybe you’ll have a good laugh and perhaps have learned something.

I understand the concept of being a good musician and I respect it, because it is a piece of the puzzle in the game of rock n roll. But not everyone IS a good musician. Sometimes you have to lean on energy and creativity, then there’s no choice but to throw everything you got into what you have and make it work. (Blood. Sweat. Life.) At least no one can accuse you of being fake. So get out there and rock that stage like there's no tomorrow. Break all the rules you can in the studio! Do it to get that sound you want! d.


please note: this is all in good fun and just my opinion. I'm sure many of you will disagree with me ;).

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04/03/2020


I'm not one to write blogs so bear with me here.

It's been about two weeks under lockdown and I'm doing pretty well considering. I will admit the first couple of days or so I was a bit panicked. Questions of "what are we going to do?," how long will it last?," "will we be able to go outside ever again?" "DO I HAVE ENOUGH TP?! (jk)" were circling through my head. Once that panic passed though, I became pretty calm with the idea of staying in. I mean, why not?! I'm home, I can work on music, listen to music, read books, watch movies, sleep til whenever, basically live a life that doesn't follow anyone's schedule other than my own. Sign me up! When's the next time this is going to happen? Probably never so I may as well enjoy it as much as I can right now! I may not have any control on what's going on outside but I definitely have control of how I want conduct myself! In all seriousness, COVID-19 is a very terrible thing that's turning our world upside. At times I have thought about what if this is how life will be from now on? In all honesty, not being able to have any human contact or have the freedom to walk freely in the sun and air is a pretty scary thing. It seems like the world is pushing the reset button much in the same way people do after a traumatic experience. She has gone through so much at our expense, it's time to break it down, rebuild and clean house. When this ordeal is over I hope that this experience makes people strive to be better. Not take for granted the time we have here. To respect the world. And to not take advantage of the gifts that She has given us. She will no doubt go on with or without us. I saw a posting the other day that said many things but ended with this: "You are not necessary. The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine. And even better. When you come back, remember that you are my guests... not my masters." Stay calm, be safe. - d.

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