The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series: Iration

The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series: Iration


The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series
Featuring Iration Performing “One Way Track”

Video: Iration – “One Way Track” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)

The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series: From Conception to Creation
The vision of the Pier’s “Live Acoustic Series” is to provide reggae-rock fans with an intimate, stripped down acoustic experience featuring the genre’s most recognizable bands, along with some new faces. The concept is simple. First, get the genre’s best talent to play an acoustic version of a new or unreleased song. Second, create a production concept that is visually appealing and recognizable. Third, record the band’s performing the song. While the concept is simple, the execution is much more difficult. The Series required the coming together of a video director, crew, sound, venue, equipment, The Pier’s network, and, the bands—all with a common vision. Ultimately, this concept aims to produce quality music videos that are unmatched by any other outlet dedicated to covering reggae-rock.
The series debuted on Nov. 12, 2012 with Cas Haley performing the (at the time) unreleased song “Crazy Good Woman”.
Then, on July 9th, 2013, we featured the Dirty Heads“Cabin By The Sea”.
Our third video, released on November 5, 2013, featured The Green performing “Good One.”

Next Up: Iration
The Pier is excited to feature reggae-rock mainstay, Iration. Iration is the Hawaii-born, and California-formed reggae-pop-rock quintet. Since forming in 2004, Iration has established themselves has heavyweights in the reggae-rock scene. The band has released three EP’s and three full-length albums, including 2013?s Automatic. Iration saw significant success with 2010?s Timebomb, which has sold over 36,000 copies, reached #1 on iTunes reggae chart and #40 overall on the iTunes music chart. The album also peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Reggae album chart and #30 on Billboard Heatseekers album chart. Iration’s 2013 release “Automatic,” also charted well and was nominated for Album of Year by The Pier for the 2013 Pier Awards.

The Shoot: “One Way Track”
The video was shot on-location at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO on February 1, 2013. We caught-up with Iration on the road during the Heatseakers Tour, with Passafire and Pacific Dub. The band had just rolled in from playing the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO. After setting-up our lighting and sound, members Micah Pueschel and Adam Taylor pulled out their acoustic guitars, walked onto the set and performed a stripped down acoustic version of, “One Way Track,” off their latest album Automatic. At the time, “One Way Track,” was a new and unreleased tune, and after working through the song a couple times, Pueschel and Taylor delivered a solid acoustic rendering of the song.

Director and Producer: Tage Plantell
The creative force behind the Live Acoustic Series is Denver-based Director/Producer/ Video Editor and musician Tage (pronounced Taw-Guh) Plantell. A graduate of the University of Colorado in Film Production, Plantell has been involved with film and music most of his life. He started as an eight-year-old, filming adventure movies with his brother and has since worked on everything from feature films, to commercials & corporate videos. In addition to working as a independent filmmaker, Plantell is an accomplished musician and songwriter. Prior to leading his current band Dusty Radio, Plantell was a member of “On Second Thought” and toured the country with bands like Vertical Horizon, Guster, Bob Schneider, The Samples and many others.

Plantell’s unique background as a director/producer and musician, bring together experiences that allow him to create professional music videos by seamlessly blending the two arts. “I’ve been a musician most of my life as well as a film-making enthusiast, so making music videos is a logical mix of my two loves in life,” says Plantell.

As a musician, Plantell has a unique perspective and understanding of music that most video directors don’t have. “Understanding things like song structure and music theory, from a musician’s point of view, really helps me shoot other musicians. I am able to predict their next moves during a shoot and gives me an acute sense of rhythm when editing in post-production,” says Plantell. Plantell’s experience on the stage, in the studio and behind the lens is sure to provide fans, and musicians alike, with a visual experience that is both unique and fitting for the Pier’s Live Acoustic Series.


Video: Iration – “One Way Track” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)

The Pier’s “Live Acoustic Series” Credits:
Director/Producer/Video Editor/Videographer: Tage Plantell
Production Manager: Kit Chalberg
Sound Engineer: Kyle Zender
Executive Producer: Mike Patti
Filmed On Location: The Fox Theatre. Boulder, CO
Zendelicious Studios

Iration Links:
Iration Website
Iration Facebook
Iration Twitter

Article By: Kit Chalberg

Video: Cas Haley – “Crazy Good Woman” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series Debut)

Video: The Dirty Heads – “Cabin By The Sea” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series 2nd Video Premiere)

Video: The Green – “Good One” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series 3rd Video Premiere)