Thanks to The Live Sessions for this guest blog post all about our recent live shoot. Enjoy!
Audiogold were one of the first bands that we worked with back in 2012 and since then we The Live Sessions and Audiogold have developed massively. So when Audiogold asked us to film two live videos of them at The Old Queen’s Head we jumped at the chance to capture what they’re about live.
The Old Queen’s Head is a lovely venue with a rustic feel to it, there’s no dramatic lighting and we were excited to film there for the first time.
When we shoot at a live gig one of the first things we need to know is that we’ll be able to take our audio feed for our 16 track recorders. This is very rarely a problem because we use splitters that plug in before the stage box so that the venue sound engineer gets their signal nice and clean as if we were never there and we get our signal straight from the mics, each on their own channel. For a full kit list read to the end of this post.
We decided to use three camera operators (Dan Baxter, Dan Coffey and Jody Coffey) and one GoPro (mounted above the band) to capture enough footage to edit into the two videos. As Audiogold had chosen to release Into the Light and You and I, we were conscious that we would need half of the footage to fit into a fast paced video and the other half of the footage to fit into a slower paced video, not an easy task!
Throughout their set we took our usual approach of collecting as wide a range of footage as possible from many different angles, including a handful of shots filmed at double speed to be used as slow-motion. It is in these shots that we try and capture the mood of the venue, crowd and any other particulars.
As the band reached their last two songs we readied our three camera operators in position to cover the core elements of each performance: vocals, stage left, stage right and any specific things as they arose. This is often the easiest part of the gig, capturing the song as it happens, paying attention to the pace of the song, seeing where the action is and what the other two camera operators are doing.
Like most bands, Audiogold pride themselves on their music and their sound and so do their best to put out a consistent tone at their gigs that represents their recordings. With this in mind and prior to arranging the shoot, Audiogold had requested to sit in on the mixing of their live audio. This was the first time that we had accepted such a request and it proved to be both interesting and informative. At The Live Sessions our approach is to capture visuals and sound as they happen but to do our best to make them look and sound as amazing as possible. With Audiogold sitting in on the mixing stage we were able to do our usual high quality mix but in a style that reflected their studio recordings. We did this with a few specific things like reverb sizes and drum sound but also with some smaller details like pannings (some bands always put their shaker on a certain side of the mix, we generally pan things as they appear in the video).
However well we mixed the audio, it all comes down to a great performance and Audiogold played tight and really in the moment with the gig and songs. This not only gave us a great recording of each song but also some really good footage to play with.
In editing the footage we always start with the angles captured during the song (in this case four camera angles) then build up from there. This is where all the extra footage we shot throughout the rest of the set really comes into play. The edit for Into the Light obviously needed to be more energetic than You and I and so used up a lot of our footage. There were still specific shots that would really only work in You and I and so the finished videos ended up looking quite different from each other. We added to this by colouring them differently, going with a strong saturated look for Into the Light and a more relaxed muted tone on You and I.
What goes around comes around
As soon as Audiogold asked us to film these two tracks we knew that we wanted one of them to be exclusively on The Live Sessions, sitting along side the original video from two years ago as well as all the artists we have worked with since including Newton Faulkner, Lawson, Scholars and many more.
It’s exciting to see artists that we’ve worked with progress, develop and grow and we hope that you enjoy watching these videos as much as we enjoyed filming, recording, mixing and editing them.
Lets share a beer at the next Audiogold gig, head over to their Live page for up and coming gig dates.
Dan Coffey, The Live Sessions, April 2014
And for a bit of nostalgia; here’s the first session we filmed with Audiogold back in 2012 in a lovely old house.
For all the nerds: Kit Used
Zoom r16 8 track recorders
Sennheiser e 602 kick mic
Sennheiser e 604 tom mics
Shure SM57 mics on snare and guitar amps
Rode NT5 mics on drum overheads
SM57 on vocals
UAD-1 reverbs and compressors
KRK Rokit 6 monitors
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Canon 85mm f/1.8