Check out an HD preview of Something I Wanted (…):
This’ll be The Complete’s next single/video:
(*note-”Run” was filmed in the winter of 2012. This post was written back then, hence the out-of-date Walking Dead references)
22 Feb 2012
Last week I flew to Vancouver to film a video for “Run” (which you can download for free by clicking here), and I am STILL TOTALLY JETLAGGED. That’s the other side of the continent from where I am now. I think it’s tomorrow there already or something. I’m also running on no sleep at the moment because I was an extra in a short film last night and didn’t get home ’til late and had to get up early and bla bla bla CAFFEINE.
Anyway the video is going to look AWESOME. We filmed a bunch of it in my Vancouver apartment and then we branched out for some “guerilla” video shooting. One shot involved me standing in the middle of Main Street totally motionless for 15 minutes while trying not to laugh at the faces people were giving me as they walked by. I guess Vancouver is no stranger to seeing film crews all over the place.
Shot some of the b-roll on the fly, just out and about. We then randomly run into a friend of the director who offers us the roof of his art gallery (a former crack house apparently) to shoot on. Upon viewing the roof at said former crack house we took a vote. No one on the crew wanted to climb off the balcony and up onto the roof.
Except the director, Jordan Barnes-Crouse:
(don’t try this at home)
not pictured: the 3 story drop onto the pointy fence below.
Here I am in makeup:
And here I am before filming started:
SPEAKING OF POINTY FENCE…did anyone watch The Walking Dead this weekend? The last 2 episodes totally made up for the slow 2nd season, says I.
That was off topic.
Anyway the shoot took a couple days and went really well. It’ll premiere in about 2 months.
Before that of course, theres’ the matter of ANOTHER video.…already filmed…almost ready to go…and called “Dream”.
Watch Kevin’s ugly mug roam the streets of Vancouver in The Complete’s newest music video!
So I was in Ottawa for a wedding last week, my version of a vacation.
And I got to drive a Bentley! Which model? Who cares? Don’t ask me shit like that, I have no idea. The one with a steering wheel and seats. Oh and butt massagers. It belonged to a family friend who offered it as the wedding car.
Let me just say: the thing was a race car with comfy seats. I left the wedding (with bride and groom in tow), drove it in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, and could barely keep the damned thing on the road. I was thinking “man, the speed limit here is too high. You can’t do 60 and expect to not to hit the sidewalk.” Only later did I realize it was an American car and I was doing 60 miles an hour in a 60KPH zone. Here’s me, frigging flying past the redcoats who guard the Governor General’s house, cop cars all over the neighbourhood. The bride goes “um, Kevin…I keep hitting my head on the window.”
I can’t believe I didn’t get a shitknocking from the cops.
After we had the pictures done I took it back into the downtown core, which was an exercise in caution. There was no way I’m paying for repairs because I plowed it through a phonebooth or something (which actually still exist in Ottawa).
Anyway the moral of the story is the Bentley was fucking awesome.
Onto more music-y things, I’ve started learning photoshop. I wanted to start doing my own artwork for iTunes and albums and junk. I just find it so much faster and easier to do that crap myself. That’s why I prefer working alone in the studio. It’s quicker to play it myself than to teach someone the parts, have them argue about the tone, have their phone going off, yadda yadda yadda pain in the ass no thanks.
Anyway here’s the new cover photo on The Complete’s Facebook page (which is a modified version of the upcoming “Tomorrow” artwork).
Hey, when you’re an independent musician you get total control over things like that. Might as well own it.
Here’s to DIY!
Oh yeah, so after I got back from the mainland I took 2 weeks off from the gym… and let me just say, I feel like a hooker after the navy left. I’d been pretty good for most of the year about staying in shape and I just wanted to pig out and be lazy for a couple of weeks. Not gonna lie, it was awesome at first…until the gut rumbling began. So le sigh, it’s been fun chocolate bars…but you give me the unholy shits.
I’ve decided to start doing some of the necessary photography and artwork “in-house”. It’s faster if I can do it myself rather than wait for some photographer to get back to my emails/lose the pictures they took of me/say they’ll have them ready in a week but really mean 3. Photographers are as wonky as musicians.
Anyway, here’s my first crack at it: