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Thoughts, Experiences and life inside a band. All you need to know about Audiogold.

The Bedford

Raph Hurwitz

We're pleased to say that after playing one of our most enjoyable gigs at the Bedford in December, we'll be back there on Tuesday 10th of June!

The Bedford is exactly the kind of place that we love. Just a minute walk from Balham tube station, its a really fun and intimate gig, lovely vibes, free entry, fantastic promoter and always a real buzz about the live music there. 

Tony the promoter is such a dude. Genuinley passionate about his job, and always engineers his events to make sure all the bands and the crowd have a great and memorable night. This place is all about good music and good people. The feeling I get when we play there kind of reminds me of a festival actually!

Here is a selfie of Tony and Raph onstage.

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Our last gig there was a collaboration between Audiogold and The Bedford, we took the awesome Luke Bowman band with us.

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It was loads of fun and had a definite Gold Club vibe to it!

We can't wait to play there again in less than a week!

The night will open at 8.30 with an acousitc set from exciting duo Richie and The Remedy, a couple of days before they play at Bushstock Festival.

Follwed by a main support set from Audiogold at 9.00. We might just treat you to some new material if your'e very good.

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Order Of Voices will be headlining at 10.00. These guys are awesome, and we're loving their latest single Hand In Hand, check out their new promo video here.

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can just step into one of London's oldest and most reputable music venues, and see three great quality bands for free?

It sounds too good to be true, but its not. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to come and see for yourself why live music nights at The Bedford are so popular.

Tuesday 10th of June 2014, doors 7.30.....see you there!

x


The Live Sessions on working with Audiogold!

Raph Hurwitz

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.

Pre-Production

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.

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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!

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Production

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.

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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.

Post-Production

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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).

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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

      Audio:

  • 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

  • Cubase SX5

  • UAD-1 reverbs and compressors

  • KRK Rokit 6 monitors

    Cameras:
     

  • Canon C100

  • Canon 5DmkIII

  • Canon 5DmkII

  • GoPro Hero3

  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

  • Canon 85mm f/1.8

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You and I

Raph Hurwitz

So we have another exciting new live video for you guys........

This time we recorded You And I, one of our older tracks which never seems to get old with all our friends and fans. 
Even though it was taken from the same gig as our last live video Into The Light, it has a very different feel to it. 

We really love all the crowd shots too, many familiar faces there! 
So here it is, Audiogold performing You And I live at The Old Queens head, enjoy!

We're so happy to have it hosted by The Live Sessions, alongside many amazing artists. If you havn't already subscribed to their youtube channel, then we suggest you head over there and check it out.

You'll find exclusive performances and interviews by the likes of Lawson, Newton Faulkner, Jon Gomm, Van Susans, Foy Vance, Polly Money, and many more. All 100% live.

And we're excited to announce that The Live Sessions will be doing a guest blog post for us next week!
Stay tuned to find out the ins and outs of our shoot and how these guys work their magic.

In the meantime, incase you've been in a submarine at the bottom of the ocean and have missed out on our last video release Into The Light, here it is again.

Thanks to everyone who's been watching, liking and sharing. Keep spreading the word and keep music live! 

Love Audiogold x

 

Petulant Penguin Presents.....

Raph Hurwitz

Firstly we just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the views, likes and shares our live video has had in the week its been online!

If you havn't yet seen it, then crank up your speakers and hit play! 
Our next gig is with Petulant Penguin at Hysteria in Dalston this Thursday Feb 27th. Its going to be a great night, with support from Southend rockers Metasic. Please see our live section for more details, we look forward to seeing you there! 

Audiogold x

 

New Live Video......Into The Light!

Raph Hurwitz

Its finally here! We've been buzzing about this for months, a live video of us playing our hottest track, headlining one of our favourite London venues.....made by our awesome and very talented friends The Live Sessions.

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We have a lot of great videos already which we're really proud of, but nothing like this.

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We wanted to show new promoters, potential management, booking agents and new fans what we're really about. And those of you who have been to our gigs will know that Audiogold are all about the live experience. This live video encapsulates what we do.

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As we have always been very specific with what we want our sound to be and where we want everything to sit in the mix, we got involved in mixing the audio.

This was really important to us, because we use our arrangements and instruments to build our tracks in different ways compared to a typical five piece rock band. 

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We didn't do any production on the tracks at all because it would defeat the object of a live video, and we couldn't be happier with the result, it totally represents our huge epic live sound!

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 We've worked contiuously on polishing our live sound to make it as good and as tight as it can be, and feel like we're at a stage where we can capture it in one epic video to show the world who we are.

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We can't wait to share it with you, it'll be up on our youtube on monday! 

Thanks as always for your ongoing support,

Love Audiogold x