If you follow us on social media, you may have seen our music video for mechanical blues artist and one man band, ‘Funke and the Two Tone Baby’ (AKA Dan Turnbull). Dan and I had worked together once before on another video for a track called ‘Battles’ back in 2013. This was a fun little choreographed one-shot Steadicam video that featured a troupe of about 50 drummers. It was well received and fun to make, but I couldn’t help but feel it failed to show off his skill as a performer.
Recording a Live Music Video
The only problem with doing a live track this way when there’s no drummer, is that your artist’s timing can be off between takes. We couldn’t use a click track (a sort of metronome that the artist can follow to keep in time) because we’d hear it in the recording. To get around this, Dan pre-recorded the very first bar of his guitar introduction during the first take, and stored it to memory on one of his pedals, so that he could call it up again for every take. This way his timing was always spot on.
Approaching The Edit
That’s not to say it was easy to edit. At the time of filming, the song was unreleased and so fresh in Dan’s mind that he was making new decisions and changes to the track right there on set, live on camera. So there are actually elements in the audio recording that appeared in take 4, for example, that weren’t there in take 2. In the edit, I had to make sure I wasn’t seeing Dan playing a note that didn’t appear in the chosen audio track.
For Dan’s account of the day, visit his blog here.