The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series
Featuring Zach Deputy’s LIVE Funky Improv
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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 “Crazy Good Woman.” Since then the Series has featured some of rock-reggaes premier acts, including the Dirty Heads, John Butler Trio, The Green, Tarrus Riley, Iration a long with Passafire & Ballyhoo!
Next Up: Zach Deputy
The Pier is excited to feature the genre-bending sounds of Zach Deputy. Deputy is the personification of a one-man show. He sits behind a custom rig that includes several microphones, mixers and pedals. Deputy then loops vocals, bass lines, rhythms and lead guitar to create complete compositions. The only way to truly understand Deputy’s magic is to check it out for yourself.
The Shoot: Zach Deputy’s Funky Improv The There is no doubt that Zach is an incredible and unique talent. His approach to music is unlike anything out there. But, Zach’s approach, especially his strong tendencies towards improvisation, creates shooting challenges. In particular, Zach never—and I mean never—plays a tune the same way twice. This means that shooting the song a couple times and editing the footage wasn’t possible. We had to get all our shots in one take. Luckily, we had multiple cameras for this shoot. So, we hit record and watched Zach do his thing.
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.
The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series
Featuring Zach Deputy’s Funky Improv
WATCH VIDEO NOW!
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: Fox Theatre. Boulder, CO
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)
Video: Iration – “One Way Track” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)
Video: Tarrus Riley – “Love Situation/123 I Love You” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)
Video: Passafire & Ballyhoo! – “Easy” (The Commodores Cover)
Video: John Butler Trio – “Gonna Be A Long Time”