It’s been over a year since I started this blog, and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, have been updating it less frequently lately. So, what’s happening?
I first started this blog to force myself to produce more work. A video a month was the goal I set, and I kept to it for the first few months. Then I got sidetracked, but in a good way. Gradually I became involved with work other than my individual, one-man projects. Even though I didn’t stick to my quota, if the purpose was to get myself working more, then the blog was a success.
Where do we go from here? Next week I will be launching a new site that will serve as my personal portfolio. It will display my work much more concisely. The design is pretty cool, too! You’ll see what I mean… I’ll share the URL once everything is set, but here’s a hint: it won’t be markhayes.com. Unfortunately, that’s taken by a Christian composer with the same name. I’ll continue to post new videos here on LTMS, but expect updates to be pretty infrequent.
Thanks for reading (if you have been) and checking out my work. Also, if you happen to be heading to SXSW next week, get in touch with me!
Here is the last interview I shot at CMJ 2011. This one is with Wally from Australian outfit Gotye. Last year, the video for his song “Somebody That I Used to Know” went viral, racking up close to a bajillion hits almost overnight. Here he talks about the song, as well as what it’s like to make the transition from drummer to frontman.
Here are two more videos from the CMJ Marathon, containing interviews with CSS, Braids, Dum Dum Girls and Portugal. The Man. I can’t take credit for the editing of these, but I did shoot all of them except Portugal. If memory serves correctly, there is only one more video left to be edited. Enjoy!
By all measures, Dive are about to blow up. They are fronted by a member of buzz band Beach Fossils, they recently had a track named Best New Music by Pitchfork and they play roughly 50 shows a week around Brooklyn. Seriously, I’m starting to think these guys live in Shea Stadium.
They recently stopped by Newtown Radio to play a few songs and sounded great. It was the first time they recorded in an actual studio, making the whole thing even more special. I’m sure you’ll agree, the video turned out pretty awesome:
OK, here are two more videos from CMJ. After this, there are still a couple left, but hopefully they’ll be up soon…
This one is with Penguin Prison (who recently made an awesome video for his single, “Don’t Fuck With My Money” right in the middle of Occupy Wall Street), Australian band Boy & Bear and Pittsburg-ers 1,2,3.
And here’s one with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jr.; Japanther and one of the friendliest bands ever, Locksley.
…and a few more from this year’s CMJ.
It seemed like Main Attrakionz played about 50 shows a night during the marathon, and yet, I didn’t get a chance to catch any of them. My biggest CMJ regret. Still, I’m glad I got to shoot with them and talk about their unique brand of West Coast hip-hop.
This one is a combination of New York-based bands. Class Actress makes what she describes “futuristic 80s pop” and proclaims her love for Janet Jackson. The Knocks make dance music and, along with Lissy Trullie, seem to embody the downtown-cool aesthetic.
More after the jump.