5 SPOT: Five Tips from FASCINATOR on How to Make Your Own DIY Video
I know I’m going to see something very odd or kinky. One click—Play.Blue lips and eyelids, skin to skin contact. Nothing bad or cringe worthy, yet. Rubbing blue paint on a chest. Female clones harmonizing. Actually, this is pretty… far-out, in the best way possible. Had I known, the accompanying snare and slow burning organ synths are just another pull into Fascinator’s (Johnny Mackay) musical sorcery.
Released two months ago, is what I’m talking about: Fascinator’s new music video, “Time to Go.” Time to Go is a perfect example of how there’s a lot more to what meets the eye. The film is set inside a Brooklyn studio, with ex-member, Darren Seltmann (of The Avalanches) united in this song as co-producer. Also interesting, Fascinator belongs to the same talent house label (Spinning Records) as Tame Impala. And of course, while there’s so much going on with so little information, one video for me had to be an inevitable leap to the next one, done until I was so keen with desire to know more about this incognito, electronic musician—someone who certainly embodies what his name suggests.
Time will walk away. Time to go. Leave it all behind. Behind. Ohhh…
Where does ‘FASCINATOR’ come from?
Other me’s in other worlds. It’s always felt like a sub-conscious or channeled creation.
What made you venture from Australia to New York, and how has the move affected your art?
New York felt like home the second I landed on my first trip there. It made sense to realize that.
I would say living there has affected my art profoundly. There’s a certain creative freedom that happens in New York. Maybe it’s the fact that everyone’s so busy struggling to survive that there’s less judgement in the air. Whatever it is, it’s been a nice place to bring Fascinator into his infancy.
What propels you to stay masked? Will it ever come off for fans during live, intimate shows?
It’s come off before, but I guess I really enjoy the idea of the art or music coming before the person. Blurring identity to sharpen focus on the creation at hand.
I really enjoyed “The Traveller” and seeing you cruise with armor inside a NYC subway. What was filming that like?
A friend of mine wrote something once about how when they were making that film, Men in Black they chose New York City as they thought it was the city most likely to accept aliens. I would argue it’s the city most likely to not even notice aliens. I was cruising up and down the G train dressed as a medieval knight and the amount of fucks given equaled the number of gauntlets thrown: zero.
Can you give 5 tips for making a DIY music video?
That’s a bit of a ‘how long’s a piece of string’ question. Let’s say, for instance, the video is based around a piece of string. In that case, I would say:
1. Find people who are genuinely interested in pieces of string. Videos are more fun when you have a crew. Especially one who hold the subject close to their hearts.
2. Don’t just settle for any piece of string. Do your research. Just because Miley Cyrus used a certain piece of string in her last slow-mo, psychedelic glitter-bomb video doesn’t mean that’s the kind of string that will work with your video.
3. Attach a can to each end of the piece of string. Then play your song into one of the cans whilst holding the piece of string taut. Place the other can to your ear and feel the vibrations. The right piece of string will make you start hallucinating warm, melted caramel.
4. If you’ve still not completely decided how long the piece of string needs to be, remember more is better than less. Scissors are a pretty cheap and practical piece of equipment that should be handy on any DIY film set and can provide a definitive answer to the question of ‘how long is this piece of string?’
5. Green screen/stick – if for some reason you just can’t manage to beg, borrow or steal the right piece of string for your video; remember there’s always the option of “keying” it in later. Setting up a green screen is one fun option. Or even just wrapping a long, thin stick in green tape. There are many helpful websites out there such as shutterstock and videoblocks where you can cheaply and quickly purchase a wide variety of videos and pictures of all kinds of pieces of string. Then you simply key out the area in your video editing program, insert your piece of string and hey presto! First class ticket to Cannes to walk the DIY Video Awards red carpet!