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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble // "Mary"

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 Throughout the course of history we've all been exposed to a handful of "family bands" whether it be such names as The Jackson 5, Hanson or The Partridge Family.  The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, also known as the "Bad Boys of Jazz" are simply on a whole other level when it comes to the term. Originally based out of Chicago, this group consists of 8 brothers who all grew up in the same household, each playing horn instruments since they were old enough to hold onto one. Though they played together throughout their childhood with their dad, Phil Cohran, it wasn't until the early 2000's that they formed what is now the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Aside from having nearly 10 studio albums under their belt, they've accompanied a list of influential artists on record as well as on stages across the world. They've performed with the likes of Wu Tang Clan, Mosdef, Gorillaz, De La Soul, The B-52's, Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino and perhaps most fondly, the late Prince.

The band joined us at our Brooklyn soundstage this week to shoot a video for their new breezy summer single, "Mary". When trumpet player, Yosh told us they were all brothers it was easy to assume that he just meant they were very close friends that grew up together. Something about the idea of 8 siblings playing music together successfully all those years seemed difficult to imagine. He clarified what he meant and from that point on it was very apparent that they were in fact family. Everything from the way they moved and played together, the warm way they joked around and especially the way the backed each other up when it came to creative input for the video process. Everything they did seemed to be framed with a certain kind of harmony that only siblings have the ability to share.

The set was fairly minimal, showcasing the band in black suits against our white cyclorama wall accompanied by their instruments and even our very own piano that usually lives in our bathroom. Some of the members had their children join in on the fun wearing matching attire while making their film debut. We even had a friend of the studio come by with his well-trained Doberman Pinscher, Lincoln to make a special appearance for the final scene. We are definitely looking forward to seeing the final product. For now, catch them on tour in a city near you!

This & That // Payday Candy Bar Spot

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The last few weeks have been scattered with such a plethora of different shoots across our multiple Brooklyn soundstages that it's been difficult to keep up. One of those just happened to be for an all new Payday candy bar spot guided by the the talented vision of the This and That production team. Though the overall layout for the shoot appeared to be rather minimal on set, we're sure that they have big plans to go above and beyond with their concept. Never have we ever seen so many literal nuts in our studio rental space at once! If this is anything like the 2014 Payday commercials we all remember, then I'm sure the This and That crew has their sights set on delivering the goods.

Maggie Rogers // On+Off

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Just before Thanksgiving rolled around we had a last minute shoot with Smokestack Films for a new music video for up and coming singer/producer, Maggie Rogers' new track 'On+Off.'  Maggie, fresh out of NYU recently made her way onto the scene virtually overnight after a video went viral of Pharrel Williams listening to her track, "Alaska" at his masterclass at NYU's Clive Davis institute back in February. He was speechless to say the least. Since then, she has put out a couple of music videos, played a handful of shows around NY and is now currently embarking upon her first big national tour, most dates of which happen to already be sold out. Maggie and her production team went in a more stripped down direction for this video at our Brooklyn soundstage, bringing in a small crew of dancers along with some whimsical choreography and some excellent use of minimal lighting to make use of our giant Cyclorama. Take a look here!

Penelope Productions // Pace Salsa Commercial Spot

      Every day is a brand new day at our studio rental space. Without fail, we can count on a new creative team coming into Be Electric to shape something unique, whether it be a fashion shoot, music video, editorial or even a feature film. This week we had Penelope Productions in our Bushwick studio for their first time to shoot a commercial spot for Pace Picante Salsa. Penelope Productions  specialize in creating memorable solutions that are highly customized to reflect a brands particular DNA. On their first day, the art department built out a rather extravagant and colorful set, perfectly stylized for the vibe of the commercial. 

      To keep up with the comedic tradition that we all know and recognize from the previous Pace advertisements over the years, Penelope Productions took that element and pushed it even further. The writing and direction of the concept was not only clever, but a lot of fun too. This NYC Production filled our soundstage with laughter almost throughout the entirety of their shoot. Check back soon for the final product.

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Penelope Production crew having a blast at our studio rental space.