Guest Blogger, Writer/Director/Editor – Vincent Kavanagh shares a few thoughts about his inspiration for creating Tenek‘s, “Imitation Of Life’ (Official Music Video).
“My collaboration with Tenek and why it’s cool…
I am the one responsible for tenek’s new music video. So direct all complaints towards me.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way. One of the most difficult aspects of production I think, is convincing others to believe in your vision in order to land an opportunity that is sought after by countless other talented individuals. So I was quite excited when I received the news that I’d landed my first Music video.
Science fiction is one of those interesting genres. A science fiction film from the 60’s may no longer be considered science fiction today. Films have predicted a lot of new tech. The Simpson’s also predicted president Trump. Just thought I’d throw that into the mix.
Anyway, one of my key inspirations for the concept of the video was the 2009 film “Surrogates” starring Bruce Willis. Now, objectively not the greatest film of all time, but the concept of humanity living through remotely controlled robots was utterly terrifying and fascinating to me.
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‘Imitation of Life’ was one of the last tracks that was written for the ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ album and it was around May/June 2014. The original demo was entitled ‘Stuntman’ and at the time we were trying to write something a little less electronic and something with a more ‘New Order & Kasabian’ vibe. This track marked a big change for the band as it was the first song we created in Cubase on the studio computer as previously we were using Logic X so it was a bit of a learning curve at times during recording!
This started out with a very simple vintage drum machine pattern, some basic guitar parts and the prominent lead line in the chorus. It also had the ‘gothic’ style motif in the bridge which I thought sounded similar to ‘The Cure’ and possibly a touch of Peter Hook too. Even though it sounds like a lead guitar, I’m certain it was played on my trusty Squire Fender Precision bass guitar which I paid £71 for on eBay which has to be one of the bargains of the century! It got used on several of the album tracks actually, it records so well and has that Bruce Foxton/Paul Gardiner sound that I’ve always loved.
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So here is the latest blog, I must apologize for our lack of news and updates recently. I think we’ve forgotten about our plans to do these regularly once the new website went live. Must be an age thing!
The year got off to a great start for us, we played 2 fantastic gigs in Bristol (as special guests to Sinestar at their ‘Evolve’ album launch) and then onto Southampton with our good friends Vile Electrodes and John Costello. Great attendances at both which was very encouraging to see for all the artists involved.
Since then Geoff has been extremely busy in the studio producing other artists and working on various projects for film and TV. Geoff was also invited by De/Vision to contribute backing vocals for a few tracks on their newly released album box set, ‘De/Vision 13’. Guess which ones! [Click Here] Shortly afterwards, came the first release from this Summer’s production sessions with a new project from Richard Sinclair called ‘Murmurs of Earth’ and the single is called ‘Take It All’. This will be released on all major digital platforms on the 1st July via our Alien Six Productions label. [Click Here]
I’ve been spending my time updating my own studio with new software and hardware including Logic X, Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer and the Novation Ultranova synth which will replace my Akai Miniak at future live shows. So there has been much reading of manuals, tech phone calls, video tutorials and occasional head scratching of course! As always, we’d like to thank our friends at Absolute Music who are always so helpful to us and come up with many helpful suggestions regarding our studio and live set-ups.
We have also recently commissioned a video for a track from the ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ album which is currently in production, we are very much looking forward to seeing the finished product as it is a very interesting concept. This is planned to help promote our next EP which we are aiming to release later this year to include some remixes and also a brand new track that we are currently working on. Plans are in motion to release this EP and the ‘What Kind of Friend’ single (which was a digital release only) together on a limited edition CD so more news on this soon.
This month has also seen the release of the ‘Electronic Saviors – Volume 4’ compilation from Distortion Productions (also our US label) via Metropolis. As many of you know, we appeared on Volume 2 back in 2012 with the exclusive ‘World of No Relief’ track and we are delighted to be involved in this new release too. The track featured is ‘What Kind of Friend? – Republica Balkan Boogie Mix’ which was remixed by the brilliant Tim Dorney. These compilations are to raise funds for cancer charities so please support if you can. Jim Semonik has once again done a tremendous job putting this all together and is an inspiration to so many people. [Click Here]
We are currently pulling together some live dates for later in the year to coincide with the release of the next EP, so once these are confirmed we’ll let you know when and where these will take place.
For anybody that might want a ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ limited edition t-shirt, now would be a good time to order one as stocks are getting low and we won’t be getting any more of these made! [Click Here to Order T-Shirt!]
That’s pretty much it for now and hopefully we can be more regular with these blogs, as always we’d like to thank your for your support. It is very much appreciated!