De Cauze Films are the award-nominated production company operating out of Devon’s own Newton Abbot and the UK’s capital, London. The Devon-raised brothers Jake and Arthur Cauty are the driving force behind De Cauze Films, and they have already worked with the some of the biggest names in showbiz, including Grand Master Flash, The Pet Shop Boys, the larger than life wrestlers of the WWE and even ITV’s own, Paul O’Grady.
Their newest project is the exhilarating live music video for the American punk-rock band Zebrahead. The song Nudist Priest is taken from Zebrahead’s eighth studio album, Get Nice! and the song was chosen by the band’s devoted fans as the next official, Zebrahead music video.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Jake, one half of De Cauze Films, to discuss his experiences, shooting a music video for the internationally renowned band.
I can’t say I have ever been a huge fan of live music videos, but Nudist Priest, is a pretty fun, frenetic experience. How come you chose that format?
We got in touch with the band back in September, they specifically wanted a live performance video -not another typical, boring and uninspired montage. The guys were looking for something that captured their raw energy on stage and the atmosphere at their shows. From the band’s reaction and the fans, I’m fairly confident we accomplished what they wanted.
And what about that raw energy, what was it like experiencing that first hand and while trying to capture it on video?
I met the band a couple of years ago and had always loved their music, so having the opportunity to work with them was really exciting. The gig was held at Manchester’s Club Academy, it’s a great venue and has been host to some fairly iconic bands over the years, both Radiohead and even Nirvana played there.
Throughout the support acts, the crowd was half-asleep, but once Zebrahead stepped through the curtain, the room lit up in an instant. The crowd went mental, and within minutes crowd surfers were flying head-first out of the audience onto the stage. There was no barricade or security on the floor, so it got pretty crazy out there. People were riding the crowd on inflatable donuts!
As for the recording process, it was hectic but immense fun. It was so hot in there that condensation was dripping down the walls and our camera lenses kept steaming up.
Zebrahead seem like a crazy bunch, but what were they really like?
The band were great! They looked after us the whole time we were there, gave us food, booze, and even threw us bottles of water while they were on stage. They’re a great bunch of guys. Ben, the bassist, even offered us a revolting looking jam and Dorito sandwich. But we really didn’t want to go there
The video looks great, were there any financial concerns in making it?
Well, the video was shot in High Definition which is why it looks as good as it does, but the project from the start was touch-and-go, due to a lack of funding. In the end we launched a funding campaign with IndieGogo. There was always the danger of not raising enough money, leaving fans and the band disappointed, but we managed to generate £535 ($830 US Dollars) by reaching out to Zebrahead’s fanbase, and through sponsorship with Blank TV.
Looking back on the filming process how does it make you feel? The video is quite the accomplishment and it’s a great calling card for De Cauze Films.
Thanks. It was amazing being a part of it, the atmosphere was incredible, and it was a really great experience for us. Within days of releasing the video we were contacted by some really big record labels and broadcasters and all the feedback from the fans has been so positive.
The music video is out there now. People can go away and check out De Cauze Films’ technical prowess and perhaps discover Zebrahead for the first time, but what does 2012 have in store for De Cauze Films and the Cauty Brothers?
We’re currently in the process of pitching several new ideas to TV channels and in February we’re working with former WWE wrestler and New York Times bestselling author Mick Foley, when we film his stand-up comedy tour of the UK. We also have a tonne of other exciting things in the pipeline, but I really can’t disclose too much information, just yet.
(Take a look at the video -be aware the lyrics in this upbeat tune are slightly fruity at times)
It’s plain to see that Jake’s experiences with Zebrahead are only the beginning of very big things, keep a close eye on the Cauty brothers, it’s going to be a very busy year for De Cauze Films.
For more information on the Cauty brothers and De Cauze Films, go to the De Cauze Films site or email email@example.com