This one is really important, to me at least. It is…sort of…the genesis of the E.P, and therefore everything else, the rebirth of KFA and my desire to make music again etc etc. The completion of this track marks the point where I started to take control of myself and rebuild myself. It also marks the point at which I finally felt like I was an artist for real. I know that is a weird thing to say lol, but there it is. However, the reason I say “sort of” is because the original version of this track had different lyrics. I changed them because they did not suit the track, and because they were written at a very dark time – I did not know it was my first step out from the mess I had made when I wrote the track, you see? It is only after some time had passed that I realised I had moved on from that place. I have a few tracks I have written that go to extremely dark places for me, and I am not against sharing those thoughts or those tracks…just…not yet lol.
Having said that, all of the tracks on this E.P went through vocal changes – the original of Take Me Home was a call and response type thing between my lyrics and samples. It was interesting, but in the end I rewrote the entire lyrics, and it is much better for it.
A Million Miles was a breakthrough because I managed to combine two things that probably should never be combined, and I made it work. Those two things are guitar strumming singer songwriter stuff with all natural ingredients and fucked up amens lol. I made so many attempts at combining these two things, and failed again and again. I know that this one works. I am not sure if it would work on the dance floor as well as the other two, but to me it is perfect. It is exactly the balance I was trying to find. Once this song was completed, it was like…imagine trying to climb mount Everest. You are well aware there are smaller mountains to climb, but that one…its the target. Once you have climbed it, the smaller ones seem easier to climb. Thats the long way of saying, it would have been easier to make Take Me Home before making A Million Miles because Take Me Home is mostly ingredients that are found in d’n’b / hardcore with my vocals added. A smaller, easier mountain to climb. But I could not have made that one first, because my target was to combine the elements I described above. i did not even look at the other mountains, I just wanted Everest.
A Million Miles is also more of a song format. Even so, it features some of the best beat work I have ever done – not because it is particularly fancy, but because it sounds so right with the guitars, violin strings, live hand claps, singing and distorted pulsing bass. I called this E.P Risk! because it takes many of them. Not only in content, but in form. This track has a different style of singing, and is folky in ethic – that is to say, it is not perfect, and that makes it perfect.
I struggled as for an idea for this video. The Risk! EP kept expanding in scope. I was originally going to do the professional video for the E.P and it would have been for this track. Then I thought of the idea for a video for Take Me Home, and found myself doing that. Then I thought, “well, I cant do 2 videos, its either 4 or 1”. Because…just because. So I was a little stuck. Then I had the idea of animating myself. I almost with I hadn’t lol. This video involved recording myself against a white screen, then going through that recording freezing the frame, making a still, and editing out the white background. I had to do that about 900 times.
Then I had to make the actual video images, so I had to carefully make each frame, changing elements to show movement, often with multiple things changing in each scene. This meant another 500 or so images had to be made, and each of these was linked to the one before it and after it.
In the end, this video took about 80 hours to put together. I think its pretty good 🙂 Here is the link….
The last of the four video’s will go up next Monday…see you then….
Chris / Luna-C