Sometimes you just need to be at the right time in the right place to get chances to get out of your comfort zone. That’s what happened to me last Thursday, while over a cuppa with The Lazy Lies‘ bassist, Dedé Camprubí. Right after me coming back from one of those ‘I-need-to-go-to-the-ladies’ convo breaks, he got a WhatsApp message from his band mates asking for extras for the videoclip they were recording on Saturday. With that request pending, and a potential
victim candidate on hand, he raised his eyes from his cell screen and asked, ‘Hey, what are you up to on Saturday?’ And I was like, ‘Well, other than marking essays like crazy and going to the see Rufus Wainwright in concert in the eve, not much’. So there you find me, on Thursday evening, discussing with the band’s female vocalist, Montse Bernad, the filming specifics, among which, the time, the place and, last but not least, of course, the outfit (’60s mood on!’). All that came along with the suggestion that I could bring along more extras to fill in the scene when needed.
Suggestions, if taken seriously, become requests, so I contacted a few friends and ended up finding three people available for some yet-to-know experience at the Camille Zonca Produccions premises on Saturday afternoon. Three people who, imo, would probably love it there: my incredibly talented former student Miquel Pulido, who got an A for his research project on ‘Synesthesia in Audiovisual Communication’, and two of his closest friends, Santi Gálvez and Felicidad Arqué, very much into arts, music and/or drama themselves.
After some last-minute purchases in the morning (two cardies that appear in the clip), the four of us met at two sharp to head to this loft where Albert Baquero and Aïda Torrent from Camille Zonca had set up a sort of 60s Frenchie bar where part of the action of the videoclip to ‘The Dancefloor‘ takes place. There were also waiting four of the band members, that is, Montse Bernad, Xavi Mir, Josep Mateo and Roger Gascon. While I knew Montse in my childhood and had recently spoken with her after this year at El Timbal, a drama school where she works as a teacher, it was a pleasure to meet the others in the flesh for the first time, especially after having seen them live and interacted with Roger Gascon or wriiten about them and about the Zoo XXI project both on the social networks and here in this blog. It was only one hour before we left that Dani could finally make it to the set to film a rather mon-chouchou-oh-la-la-il-est-mort-Paris-je-t’aime scene with Roger lying on the floor while being given some air and attracting tons of attention.
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For obvious reasons, I cannot spill the beans regarding ‘The Dancefloor’ clip storyline or anything, I just can add that Badalona’s landmark, the Pont del Petroli is in it too. What I can say, though, is that filming those few seconds was a demanding yet fun experience. We sipped (or, after a few takes, just pretended to) some repeatedly re-filled apple juice from whisky glasses a few times, we listened to the same bit of the song over and over again until achieving the perfect synchronicity, we chatted about a little bit of everything between takes, Feli practiced her drumming abilities while Josep was away and we could all experience what it takes to film a clip when the budget is low but the spirits darn high.
No idea when the ‘The Dancefloor’ video clip will be released. What I do know for sure is that, in the meantime, you can enjoy their videos for ‘Who’s That Sally’ and ‘Number One’ on The Lazy Lies’ YouTube channel, where soon -as soon as this upcoming week, in fact- the video for ‘(Things Will Eventually) Backfire’ will be up too (19/10/16 update: exclusive release at El Periódico / On Barcelona of the video here). Stay tuned!
And here it is! [updated March 28, 2017]