WOW!! What a weekend the High Life Productions team had filming the exclusive video content for Band Aid…
We were thrilled to be asked to film behind the scenes exclusive footage for a new charitable venture, BandApp by MCD, and of course we jumped at the chance!
As a video production company we have filmed everywhere and anywhere, the good and the great but nothing can prepare you for being in one venue with the likes of Bono, Sir Bob Geldof, Chris Martin, Seal and the phenomenon that is…1D (who were a delight, btw)
Bleary eyed and caffeine deficient, the High Life Productions crew arrived at 7am sharp in Swarm Studios,Notting Hill and our fabulous editor Teresa set up camp ready to ‘live edit’ the content as it came in, a nice chilled Saturday, basically! Our photographer Erroll was with us to capture all the stills and thrills! High Life Productions’ very own Luke was also there ready to shoot.
The studio was a bevy of excitement beyond anything I’ve ever experienced! My mission: to interview the artists and get the juicy behind the scenes goss. Mission accepted. Coffee #1 consumed.
The first Band Aid member to arrive was Rita Ora, she was definitely on my list to interview, however, she came and went in a flash (a beautiful red flash due to her amazing red outfit!) Unfortunately there is was no time for her to stop to even take a breath as she was hurried out and off to the next thing on what must be a very busy schedule. Ed Sheeran also whizzed in and out, no interview but Erroll got some great shots of him having a rare chill out moment with a cuppa.
Cue screaming fans, swarms of teenage girls, flashing lights and general hysteria… 1D had arrived!
Harry Styles sauntered in looking as cool and charming as you might imagine but slightly nervous. It’s a pretty momentous occasion for the young pop stars. Coffee #63 consumed, I was on my A game and got a great interview with Harry who talked about what an honour it was for 1D to sing with all the greats. We then went in to the green room, spotted Paloma Faith and Emilie Sandi looking over the words to the song so I took the opportunity to sit down and had a chat with them about the incredible privilege of being part of Band Aid. In the middle of the interview Mr Olly Murs bounces in and joined in the interview, bringing his cheeky chappy charm to the mix. After that we had a quick chat with the hilarious Grimmy, my favourite radio 1 DJ and the extremely talented Clean Bandit.
We left the green room and I picked up my millionth (some say I like to exaggerate?) free Starbucks, which seemed to be everywhere (I wasn’t complaining!) then in walks Seal and my first thought was ‘wow he’s a lot taller in the flesh and he smells amazing!’ Seal was an absolute pleasure to interview, and even when Sir Bob Geldof crept up behind him during our interview he kept his cool! We then got to interview 1D all together which was a lot of fun, those boys are a handful…hard working and extremely professional but a handful nonetheless J
Mission almost completed, I then whizzed about getting some final interviews including the incredible Chris Martin and Guy Garvey
Last but not least, we then had a chat with Bastille who had flown over to the UK during their US tour just to record the single, I think they were too excited to be tired but it must have been pretty exhausting! They also had the last of the song to record and we were lucky enough to be in the studio and they were incredible! We also spoke with man of the moment Sam Smith who was learning his lines for the song.
So, after about 10 hours of interviewing and soaking up the atmosphere that is Band Aid I couldn’t leave without a few words form one of the figure heads of Band Aid…I interviewed Bono(!) who talked passionately about the why everyone is recording this song and how we shouldn’t have to be in this position again 30 years on to have to raise money for such awful diseases as Ebola.
By the end of a very long day the HLP team where truly worn out and buzzing at the same time. To be part of such an important part of British music history, as well as raising money for Ebola is a feeling that I couldn’t describe in words. Everyone we met was really humble, no divas or egos flying around, which made it easier for us to do our job but more importantly since Band App was launched it’s had over 50,000 downloads and raised over £80,000!!!
I can only hope that alongside the other amazing charities, military and medical professionals who are already in West Africa fighting the epidemic, the money raised will help prevent the spread and the families of all those who have lost their lives to Ebola.
We are looking forward to producing further video content for the music industry, now we’ve tackled Band Aid we can do anything!!
Until next time,