SPOTLIGHT | JUAN'S BASEMENT
photo manipulation by nacrowe
back when we were experimenting with the format of doing extended performance video series with local and national artists in our OFF THE M and KREISCHER MANSION SESSIONS series, PITCHFORK's quirky JUAN'S BASEMENT series was definitely an inspiration.
their presentation changed over time, but essentially had upcoming INDIE ROCK bands playing this dude's basement at his apartment somewhere in BROOKLYN (most likely WILLIAMSBURG / GREENPOINT / BED STUY). it was interesting because 1) the sound was professional (which is not always the case with these types of shows) and 2) there was professional light and cinematography that transformed the confined space to an expressionistic live/music video hybrid.
i was a fan. i really think if we had done another series it would've explored color and use of different lighting and fog techniques to showcase our subjects. KMS was more about showcasing the mansion with stark black and white shots and OFF THE M was about creatively editing live performances at a venue we had no creative control over. again, if we did this sort of thing again i'd take stronger control over the atmosphere and really play with color a la JUAN'S BASEMENT.
it was quirky and interesting. i hope they bring it back.