Guys, it’s the last funding round of the original $5000 music video funding. Our journey is finally coming to an end (or is it?). We start with helping the community, bored in the old office, a fairytale, glam in the shadows, chilling at the park, and a twilight skate.
School assembly, a comforting sameness, a beardy trek, freaky friends at the club, on stage but not, and a wild road trip.
The emo kitchen scissors, Medieval knights, solid gold, the drinking glasses got the moves, a demolished city
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A home invasion, the housing bubble, ECT on GI Joes, video games, a wander along K Road, and some South Auckland.
Continue reading August 2006: Cassette, Che Fu, City Newton Bombers, dDub, Deceptikonz, Don McGlashan
Aaradhna shakes it, Bic is an elusive chanteuse, Adeaze get romantic, Anika gets hopeful and, hey, whatever happened to guy who came second on Idol?
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With Savage and Mareko already having released solo singles, it was only a matter of time before another of the Deceptikonz went solo. (And rounding out the quartet, Devolo’s solo work is coming as well.) “Sunshine”, a top 10 hit, is a cheerful celebration of life, with heavenly harmonies provided by Adeaze on the chorus.
The video is set at the Capitol cinema in Balmoral, a nice chance from the frequently used Crystal Palace in nearby Mount Eden. Alphrisk is alone in the cinema. He settles down into a seat and watches a slide show of photos and video from his life. It’s like a less sophisticated version of Scribe’s “Dreaming” video.
As Alphrisk looks through the moments of his life, paying respects to his loved ones, he is slowly joined by his mates who mysteriously materialise within the theatre. Maybe they snuck in the fire exit.
It’s a low-budget video and sometimes it feels a bit empty, but it generally hits all the marks it needs to. There’s Alphrisk and his posse and things are good.
Best bit: a shot of the year book where Alphrisk was voted second-equal “most likely to be famous”, with the number one slot going to fashion designer Leila Rawnsley-Mason.
Note: This video was on MySpace, but it’s since been taken down. It’s available on MTV Brazil, though.
Director: Andrew Sorenson
Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Next… the lady and the lake.
Along come brothers Nainz and Viiz, who make up the R&B duo Adeaze, following in the footstepz of Split Enz, Nine Livez and Rockquest winnerz Dancing Azians.
“A Life with You” is a smooth jam, a heartfelt apology to a mistreated lover. So with a song like that, the video needs something with a bit of a story involving the sad-faced lover.
Nainz and Viiz are left to sing the song in a recording studio, but it’s the studio producer who becomes a player in the story of love and deception. After a busy day in sliding knobs in the studio, the producer returns home and sees a photo of his girlfriend. He thinks back and thinks back to his marriage proposal (with his girlfriend kneeling before him, in tears).
This doesn’t make him happy, and he writes a note, packs a bag and leaves. The girlfriend comes home, reads and letter and shrugs. Oh, snap! Despite the male voice of the song, it turns out she’s the cheating cheater and he’s the the one getting out of the crappy relationship.
Back at the studio, Adeaze invite him out for some sort of post-recording celebrations, but he declines. He’s probably going to spend the night sleeping on the control room floor.
That’s not quite an M Night Shyamalan level of twist, but it’s still highly entertaining. It works with the laidback groove of the song. And it’s a good introduction to the smooth world of Adeaze.
Best bit: in the studio, the producer mouths “wow” at Adeaze.
Director: Sophie Findlay
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Next… running down a hill.