Last weekend we boarded the train at Kings X and embarked on a journey upto my homeland in the North East of England. We had 3 days to fit in a video shoot at South Gare in Redcar for the forthcoming single Low Life, a family christening, and shooting family and landmarks for a forthcoming documentary about the band. Filming the video was Nick who for the last 6 months has been following us everywhere and filming for the documentary. Nick has several documentaries under his belt including several for the National Geographic Channel. He has been brilliant filming some extra segments for the video, which is the first time the band have shot a pop promo on location rather than a green screen studio in London, a very freezing cold and windy location at that on the edge of Redcar beach with a lighthouse and huge steel works as backdrop. The rest of the Low Life video will use footage that Nick has already shot for his documentary.
Shooting the documentary footage in my home town has been a chathartic experience, especially re-visiting my old comprehensive school Laurence Jackson in Guisborough, and talking to camera about my experiences of being bullied and name called on a daily basis within the walls of the school. It's the first time I've talked about the experience I had, and will no doubt come as a surprise to my family who I left in the dark about it.
Sunday was a much happier experience as we all gathered for a family christening, again with Nick documenting the event. Monday and just before our return to London we were able to shoot some final scenes for the pop video. The song Low Life is about Steady who used to be in the band a few years ago, and who sadly decided he didn't want to be on the Earth anymore and took his life and found peace. He was famous for his Polaroid camera and I wanted a scene in the video to reflect this so we captured some polaroid pictures of him on the beach being taken out to sea. A symbolic scene that I know he would have loved. It was a sad but also happy moment watching the polaroids float out to sea, never to be seen again.