Oranj Son have released their debut single Psycho Disco Face on Edge Hill‘s The Label Recordings. The fast-rising Liverpool band features second year Media, Music and Sound student Bradley Walsh on bass, and students have been involved in all aspects of the single’s recording, production and promotion.
Producer of the single, Carl Hunter, comments that “Working with Oranj Son on their debut single has been a wonderful creative journey”. Lead Vocalist, Kieran Linford believes that “Music is about to get interesting again….” as their debut single reaches its highly anticipated release day.
Alongside their single, they have released a surreal and compelling video. Now available on YouTube, the video was made with key professional roles taken by students:
Cinematographer: Ted Tomkins Assistant Camera: Erin McMahon and Charley Price Editing: Kieran Croft
Lead Cinematographer Ted Tomkins, Film and Television Production student, explains how the experience of shooting the Psycho Disco Face video was a rewarding experience:
It was the first time I’d shot a music video with an iPad. I used an app called FiLMiC Classic to focus, expose and record the shots we needed for the video. I enjoyed the shoot because the video will make an interesting addition to my show reel
Erin and Charley, who both had Assistant Camera roles, feel that the unique style of the video made for an extremely enjoyable experience:
Erin: Working as a runner was a lot of fun and I’m glad I got the experience. Obviously it was not the most conventional of music videos but honestly I think that made it that much more enjoyable and the smaller team meant that I got to speak with people more and we were able to work well as a team.
Charley: Working on the music video was a great experience as it was such a unique idea for the music video with an amazingly good song. Working as a small group made the production even more enjoyable because it allowed everyone to have an important role. Overall a brilliant memory, as I hope to never forgot the day I held a boom pole with a head on it in a forest while somebody recorded me doing so.
Each and every aspect of the video has had some element of Edge Hill University Student involvement. The giant heads used in the video were designed and produced by several students studying Theatre Design. The sleeve for the single was also produce by three Edge Hill University students, one being Nathan Scally, who comments:
We really value the experience, it opened us up to new areas of design
Student involvement is central to The Label Recordings, a employability unique project that was recently awarded Highly Commended in Excellence and Innovation in the Arts category of the prestigious Times Higher Education awards 2015.