Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guerrilla music videos

Hope your day has been agreeing with you.
Today I'm going to talk about music video production. On the road you see alot of neat places that most people dont get to see. I see this as an opportunity to get some great footage.  The true point of this video is to share this travel experience with everyone we can. In my situation this means two birds one stone with video and our new tracks.
So we put ourselves to the test and shot some footage at New Harmony,  Indiana. We didn't ask for permission we just started shooting with the idea we came up with that morning. With this style of guerilla video production is easier to apologize when confronted then to ask permission. If they say no It can keep you from great content.  The goal was to get all the video we needed in one day, which we did. Then one day to edit it, which was also completed.  In this way we can turn out a homemade video, and do it quickly.

Here is the video on the new YouTube account.

The format was a few time lapse shots, a few performance shots, and filler footage from around the area. Keep It clean and simple. 
One thing to remember is that different cameras take video at different rates, file types and sizes. So mixing the cameras for video can cause some errors in the editing.Now when it comes to editing I prefer Adobe premiere.  But its expense isn't worth it for most people. All you really need is fade effects between clips and ability to put text on screen to make a decent you tube video.Having a Good camera helps to.
I layed down the audio track first
Then I sinked all the performance footage to the audio track. Then I cut In all the extra peices on the voids and weeker parts of the performances. The performance peices in particular,  we played the audio file outload on my cell phone in my pocket so we could play it at the right timing for the video.
All together it took about 4 hours to shoot the video and another four to edit it. So one days work could make a full video as long as a plan is already thought up. This keeps you from wasting time when your trying to be a ninja and recorde were there are restricted signs everywhere.
This was our first  atemp at a video. Its only going to get better from here.
See you soon,
J. Gilton

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time for a new chapter


We all find a time in are lives that we look around ourselves and find everything extremely unsatisfying. The days grind on and you find after so many of them have passed that you have achieved nothing worth talking about. Well i can't live like that anymore. It's not for me to toil away without any reward for me or others accept a little money in my pocket. It's not for me to keep making money for people who don't have any concern for me or my well being. I want to be happy with every breath I choose to spend on this earth. So i made a change.
I got a van,

 I got a some new tunes recorded.

 I quite my job, I moved out of my house, and I started booking gigs. ( )

I've committed myself to a new lifestyle that will give me the opportunity to see more of this great country and meet as many people in it that I can stand. I got a good friend Tim Perry to come with me on this new adventure. together were going to dot shows all across the united states and Canada (if we can Get across the border). For the rest of this year we will be staying in the mid west but end the year in Florida. Christmas and palm trees sound nice, not as nice as seeing all my family, but skype will help to ease the guilt.

I invite all to spectate our journey through all these digital means below
         Tim Perry
Tim and JGilton
Tim Perry

I will do my best to keep uploading as much as I can to the internet. So until the next time, hope to play some music for you soon.
Have a good day
J Gilton

(update*  Tim Perry is no longer touring with me. He decided to stay home after about a month or two.)