all, what was your own career path in becoming involved in the music
business a video director? Was in always in the cards you would go that
route or did the world miss out on a swaggering rock star?
I’ve always been involved in music, from playing in bands, to doing
album artwork and posters for other bands. My parents were both involved
in filmmaking, so that’s something else I grew up with, I guess it was
inevitable at some point they’d combine.
myself were asked if we wanted to make a video for a local band called
Truckers of Husk, which we did for no money, it was pretty good, got us
some attention and it took off from there.
How did it come about that Casey + Ewan were chosen to direct the promo
video for 2011 single Never Let Me Go?
asked to submit a treatment by the label, I guess the band liked it and
we got to make the video (quite the anecdote, eh?).
much knowledge did you have of The Human Leagues long and glorious
history before you started working with them? Would you label yourself a
Obviously, everyone’s heard of The Human League haven’t they? I’ve
always enjoyed them on the radio, but the only album I own is
Did you come up with the whole concept or did the band have some input?
Yes, we came up
with the idea for the video by ourselves.
However during a pre-shoot meeting with the band I suggested that I
wanted to do a slit scan of Phil’s head (which can be seen at the
beginning and end of the video), and coincidently Phil had taken some
panoramic type photos on his phone of his head, which were pretty
similar to what I had in mind.
It does look
stunning (and weird!) with the effects, so how did you process the
pictures to get that look?
abstraction in the video is mirrors, everything is done with mirrored
imagery. Symmetry just makes people look odd and alien. We took that as
a start and just kept making things weirder, like walls of body parts.
The most laborious part was the slit scat processing.
features a rather nasty looking octopus, a reference to the bands
nineties album Octopus or a coincidence?
Just a coincidence
I’m afraid. We like visceral things, and octopi have great onscreen
Susan, Joanne and Philip come across as very nice people, so how were
they to work with?
genuinely lovely, I wouldn’t say so if it wasn’t true. It’s nice to know
you can spend that long in the music industry and not become a dick. Or
maybe when you spend that long in the industry, some people come out the
other end with a concerted mindset not to be one.
Do you need to hear the song before you can get inspired to come up
with ideas for a video?
Well, we have a
stack of ideas which we want to make, and occasionally they’ll
fortuitously fit with a song. But more often than not we’ll play the
song through and see what comes to mind.
Are there any plans to work with the band again?
Be more than happy
to if they’ll have us.
Never Let Me Go
is second single from new album Credo, which has been getting great
reviews among fans and most of the press, so what were your initial
thoughts the first time you heard the album?
I haven’t heard
the record sorry.
Out of the bands vast back catalogue, can you name your favourite Human
Steve Barron was a
great video maker, the video for Fascination I really like, especially
The Legion of Rock Stars version.
you name your favourite Human League album, single and song?
Reproduction, and Being Boiled, I like the dark stuff. But the pop stuff
is great too though, Together in Electric Dreams is a corker.
The signing in
late 2009 to Mark Jones cool Wall Of Sound label looks like a perfect
I know nothing of
The band has
admitted not being great live in the 80s, but has evolved into an
amazing live band through the last 10 years and put on a really good
show. Have you experienced a Human League concert? And if you have, when
was it and what was your impression?
I’m afraid I’ve
never seen them play live.
They have some
very loyal and dedicated fans that try to get to as many shows as
possible on a tour. Have you had the same passion for a particular band?
You know, following them around the country, sleeping on train stations
as you wait for the first train home?
I mostly listen to
bands that split up long before I was old enough to go to gigs. But
there are definitely a few bands I love with unnatural passion… Cobra
Killer, The Barmitzvah Brothers, my favorite current band are some
screechy Lancastrians called The Lovely Eggs.
How do you look
on the importance of the promo video in todays music market where the
dedicated tv channels and tv shows are more or less gone and most videos
have their time on the internet?
I think the
internet has breathed new life into the music video genre. They seem to
compliment each over. Although big money will always monopolise, as
they’re able to advertise and buy favours more. It’s a far more level
playing field now, and more viewer led, so if you’re doing good original
work there’s far more chance of getting your work seen.
for a whole range of different artist, so any favourite video?
I’d have to say
the videos we did for Cate Le bon and John Grant.
You seem like
very busy people, so what are the future plans for Casey/Ewans?
Well we’ve just
completed a video for DJ Shadow called Scale it Back, which has a pretty
neat idea. And I’ve recently finished a video for a band called The
Lovely Eggs which is quite quite‘special’
We just end up where the wind blows.
watch the Never Let Me Go video
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