Gabrahm Vitek, aka yabé, has a knack not just for crafting seamless, hypnotic deep home units, however he additionally has an eye fixed for the visible aesthetics. Every paintings that accompanies every launch is a testomony to that truth. Using excessive off of his sensational EP ‘Shūru’, he’s again with an full hour lengthy video of him performing dwell amongst Michigan’s stunning dunes at Silver Lake.
We’re thrilled to premiere this to you solely! You’ll be able to’t assist however really feel whisked away the minute you press play, because the music surrounds you and your eyes immerse into the fantastical panorama accompanying the set.
We had the privilege to speak with yabé together with cousin & videographer James to be taught somewhat bit extra about how this all happened. Take pleasure in!
Why did you resolve to do the video? What was the imaginative and prescient behind it?
James: I lived in West Michigan for the final 4 years, and I do a variety of mountain climbing, images, and video work within the space. It’s completely gorgeous terrain, and I really feel like lots of people don’t know. I used to be mountain climbing within the West Michigan dunes, listening to accommodate music, per typical, and simply saved considering, “we NEED to movie a set right here with yabé.” I actually felt folks wanted to see how gorgeous this space was accompanied by yabe’s music and choices . Over the following few months it simply form of consumed me. I assembled the crew, Gabe and I mentioned set lists and logistics, and it took off from there. I see these filmed everywhere in the world, and I believed, shit, I can do that in my very own yard.
Gabrahm: I needed to place collectively a “set from residence” throughout quarantine. What appeared reasonable at first was organising within the yard and spinning from my patio. With the encouragement from James we went all out with the situation and went distant. Deep home creates such a pleasant soundscape to expansive nature views. Michigan has so many unstated pure treasures and the dunes at Silver Lake to suit the imaginative and prescient.
What aesthetics did you each need to seize?
James: We needed to seize the sense of scale of the realm. The sand dunes are big, and it’s robust to indicate that if you find yourself near the topic. The drone photographs helped illustrate this. We needed to indicate all the dune space, which is why we integrated b-roll into the set. From a shade perspective, we had been going for prime distinction. There are stark variations between the sand, timber, water, and sky. We needed to carry these contrasts out and put Gabe and the set in the midst of all of it. The situations had been fascinating as we had been taking pictures with a excessive quantity of haze from as a result of western wildfires. I used to be doubtful, however it all got here collectively superbly.
Gabrahm: Sand dunes are widespread floor the place all life is equal. Watching the wind blow and form the dunes appears to encapsulate the circle of life as we all know it. From mud to mud form of factor… It was so unimaginable having an unlimited forest to our north and east, dunes surrounding us, and being on the elevation to see Lake Michigan to the west disappear into the horizon. Absolute non secular expertise.
Inform us somewhat bit in regards to the track choice.
Gabrahm: I labored on the monitor checklist for about 6 weeks previous to the shoot and rehearsed and tweaked the efficiency nearly every day. I used to be manifesting the visible of water and sand. I needed to take the viewer/listener on a sound journey that summoned a deeper meditative state and because the set blossoms tracks are launched to assist within the opening of endorphins and chakras.
What’s one thing you hope viewers will take from this?
James: Filming this set was an unimaginable alternative. We needed to challenge the set dwell via screens, so all of us we capable of movie to the music. After we acquired completed, we simply form of stared at one another for a minute, like, WOW, what simply occurred? The entire thing was a non secular expertise. I hope viewers are capable of sense that. The track choice, the footage of the dunes, water, and woods, all of it comes collectively. Being there in that second in time is one thing I’ll always remember, and I really feel lucky that all the pieces simply jelled the way in which it did. Even when nobody ever noticed this, I’d nonetheless be proud of the expertise.
Gabrahm: We shot this in the midst of covid and on the heels of my launch “Makes You Really feel”. For me the aim was therapeutic. Each the intention of that file and this dwell efficiency. Strengthening immunity and vitality via deep emotive music and nature’s purity and wonder.
Is that this one thing you propose to do extra of?
James: Completely. We plan to continue to grow this and going greater and bolder. Grander places, higher tools, presumably a dwell stream. We need to take this to the following stage. Gabe is doing his half, and taking his music to the following stage, and we’ll meet him there.
Gabrahm: We will certainly do extra. James did an distinctive job piecing collectively the right manufacturing crew and there’s little question we’ll all be assembly once more within the close to future for an additional manufacturing.
Anything you’d like so as to add?
James: I’d like to provide a shout out to JK Wilson and Tyler Paquet, the opposite two videographers that labored on this challenge. We couldn’t have completed this with out them and their skills. I’m so proud to have pulled this off. It was a variety of arduous work and time. We realized quite a bit, and plan for the following challenge to mirror that.
It nearly didn’t occur. We gave ourselves a 3 day window for taking pictures and we shot this on the final day we had been there. You must issue climate situations into the equation. The primary two days had been too windy to place the drone up, however the sunsets had been insane. We made the very best of it and acquired the b-roll we would have liked. The shoot occurred on the final day. We hauled all of the gear up an enormous sand dune, and acquired the set. All of it occurred this manner for a purpose. I used to be humbled by the point spent collectively and the outcome we produced.
Gabrahm: Exterior of the shoot the week along with the crew was unimaginable. Since we had been amidst the pandemic this was one of many solely social interactions we had in 2020. I used to be lucky to have my spouse and a couple of kids on location and the crew was phenomenal. Enormous thanks and respect to Tyler Paquet and JK Wilson. Tyler is an distinctive photographer and JK is a magician with the drone and likewise a implausible DJ. The most important spotlight of the journey for me, and I’m fairly certain everybody else, was the LED bocce ball recreation that lasted from about 10pm to 4am underneath the celebrities submit shoot. Additionally honorable point out to Hornitos for maintaining us heat.