As a result of the buzz from my debut single and my music video , I've had the opportunity to play more shows! But with the addition of more shows, there are more miles, which means my band and I need a good form of transportation. Seeing as we are not quite at tour bus level, we have to improvise.
I drive a 2007 Altima, and I love it, I just can't fit 4 people and instruments! It just so happened that my drummer/boyfriend's car recently gave out, so it was time for him to get a new one. When he was looking for cars, I strongly urged him to find something that could fit all our bodies and stuff!
Now, I imagine that a young man in his 20's envisions himself driving a really fast convertible or a manly pick-up truck. What he doesn't envision, is a rational vehicle that fits a keyboard, drumset, 2 guitars, viola, amps, and overnight bags. Like this one (which is the first car we looked at!):
Billy (my drummer/boyfriend) wasn't so keen on the look of the Ford Connect (although I thought it was awesome!) But, he thought it was better than what some of his musician friends drive, which is this:
So we kept looking at more vehicles. At one point, we even went to my house to pick up our instruments and brought them to the car dealership to make sure we could fit it all in the car! I'm not sure if that's been done before...but we had to make sure.
In the end, I think we found the best car for our needs, price, and gas mileage, and we couldn't be happier about rolling up to our next gig in this bad boy!
I'm not gonna lie...I may have already named the car (Delta Mama) and have already written a song about it. So, if you would like to hear the song about my car, or if you just want to take a look at this magical vehicle, check out my website for info about my tour dates. I'll see you on the road!
Today, I am going to give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at my music video and what hidden gems you can find throughout. First things first: watch the video so you know what I'm talking about!
This music video was filmed and directed by Skylar Sprague. Skylar recently moved to Nashville from LA and is an accomplished actor, as well as film director. We both sat down and talked about what we wanted as far as the premise of the video, but most of the scenes are Skylar's brain child. If you are ever in the Nashville area and need some film work, you can contact him through his vimeo pages: vimeo.com/skylarsprague, vimeo.com/coffeeatmidnight
This video also features my boyfriend (in real-life and in the video) Billy Gunter! Billy kindly let us use his house as the set!
The first line of the song is "I see your shadow painted on the wall." So of course, we had to start the video with Billy being a shadow. Billy's roommates were sitting on the couch laughing in the same room while we were filming this part...so this scene took a lot of concentration on my part.
Billy painted this picture when my parents took us to a Paint By You class (where you bring your own wine and you all paint the same picture.) Billy tried to sell it on Facebook for $1,000...but when that didn't work, he brought it to his house and hung it in the kitchen. It was hilarious to us when it made multiple appearances in the video. He is still trying to sell it for $1,000...maybe it is worth more now that it's on the big screen!
Billy and I had not eaten dinner the night we filmed and by the time we got to this scene around 10pm, we were starving. So we filmed a scene eating our actual dinner from Wendy's!
If you look closely above the reflection of Billy's head, you see a painted lion on the wall. When Billy moved in to his house, his room used to be a child's room and there are animals painted along the border of the wall. Well, Billy decided he could live with the animals and never painted over them. We tried to get most of the animals out of the film shots, but I knew one would sneak in somewhere!
After this take, we ran out of storage space on the camera...so that was the last take, and only take of this scene. I think we made it work though!
Thanks for reading my behind-the-scenes of the video and hope you enjoy it!
My music video released yesterday! WAHOO!!!!!
I decided that I didn't just want to release the video into youtube land and hope that people watch it. I decided I'd rather make it an event- I mean, who wouldn't?!
So in order for this event to work out, I needed to find a site with some media pull. After many emails and prayers, the best result I could have hoped for... happened. CM Chat Live came to the rescue and said they would gladly help me out with my video premier.
Some background about CM Chat: CM Chat (CM stands for Country Music) calls themselves a "blogazine." CM Chat has had 6 billion impressions on twitter and over 100,000 unique contributors.
It was founded by Jessica Northey, who is named one of Forbe's Top Social Media Influencers. Talk about luck! Forbe's Top Social Media Influencer told me she would help promote my video release! AHHH!
And even better, she and her team helped introduce me to their fans in waves. The first article they put out was a review of my debut single, "This House Is Haunted." Here is the review: http://www.cmchatlive.com/erica-bryan-this-house-is-haunted/
Their next step was to talk about me, the artist: Here is their feature: http://www.cmchatlive.com/erica-bryan/
And then lastly, they premiered my debut music video! http://www.cmchatlive.com/erica-bryan-this-house-is-haunted-video/
If clicking links aren't your thing, just press play here to watch my debut music video! It was directed by Skylar Sprague and features Billy Gunter and myself.
Next week, I will tell you all the fun behind the scenes info about the video!
Promotion can come in many forms. I'm not really sure how I thought of this form, but I decided that the best way to promote my music video was to dress up as a ghost and run around downtown Nashville. So, I recruited my friends and had my boyfriend film everyone's reactions. We did get a little nervous leading up to it and thought about all the things that could go wrong. But, what kept us going, was thinking about all the things that could go right.
So here we are, making our very expensive costumes: white sheets!
Walmart only had 2 white twin sheets...so one of us had to be a cream colored ghost!
We did get some mixed reactions. One of us got "hit on," although no one could see our faces. I didn't know standards could be set so low! Children were scared of us--but then they were fighting over the free download cards we gave them, so I guess they got over their fright quickly! Some people would "boo" us and try to scare us. And some people just asked what we were doing- which was the perfect time to hand them a download card and segue into telling them about my music video! We filmed the footage and put together a promo video to announce my music video release. Here it is:
And because I love my blog readers so much- I even made a special blooper reel, just for you! Here it is:
If you haven't gathered the point of these shenanigans yet, it is this: to tell you that my music video will debut on 8.13.14 at CMChatlive.com. I'm thrilled to be able to share it with you next week! Stay tuned, because I will have a behind the scenes post about the music video. And, if you read my blog post Turn Up the Radio (http://beaverdamusa.com/turn-radio/), you can stream my interview with East Nashville Radio THIS FRIDAY at eastnashvilleradio.com 8am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm CDT.
This past weekend, my band and I had a show at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. I documented each part of the day-- so much so-- that my band even sloganed the day: #fortheblog because I kept saying, "let's take a pic for the blog!"
8:30am- We loaded up the vehicle and tried to make everything fit!
9:00 am- We leave Nashville and hit the road. It was a very comfy ride.
2:00 pm- We arrive at my parent's house in Roswell, GA to eat some lunch and have one last rehearsal.
4:00pm- We leave for Atlanta.
5:00pm- We load in and sound check at Smith's Olde Bar.
7:00pm- Show time!
9:00pm- Now, I wouldn't say this is typical for a show day, but on this particular day my friend hooked us up with VIP Luke Bryan tix--so of course we went.
12:00am- Every good show day ends at Waffle House.
If you couldn't make it to Atlanta and happen to be in Cleveland, TN--I have a show at Pokey's THIS FRIDAY, Aug 1 at 9:00pm. Would love to see you there! For more show dates, you can check my website: ericabryan.com
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.