Tomorrow the Alternotives will be releasing their first ever live action music video! I’m Oscar, a new Alt and the director of the upcoming feature. The arrangement is a mashup of Christmas songs which has become an Alts staple, arranged a few years ago by Jessie Reeves. You’ll get to see Natalie singing Mariah, Hugh crooning the Pogues and even me attempting some Lennon. It’s been a very busy three weeks – we’ve filmed all over Oxford – St John’s and Magdalen colleges, Broad Street, and even Debenhams (who thankfully didn’t kick us out) and have collected over an hour of footage – a lot for a 4 minute video right?! Thankfully, Zoe Carmichael (producer) and Alice Robinson (creative manager) were completely on top of the logistics meaning for the most part, everything went smoothly and I can’t thank them enough. In the middle of all that filming, on a chilly Sunday morning, we also got together with Jacob Ewens to record the track. It took some intense rehearsing, but eventually we were ready for Jacob to work his magic; the result is a live recording with a little finessing, so that the sound is pretty similar to an alternotives performance. After that, all we needed was some post-production work, and we were good to go… keep following the Alternotives blog, Facebook and Twitter to see the result!
In other Alts news, one of our new members Teddy Chow sadly has to leave us to return to Princeton! It’s a massive shame to see him go, but Teddy’s original American a cappella group, The Princeton Footnotes, probably want him back. We recently discovered he is also a talented dancer and last week a few of us went to see him in a show called Proximity, which was absolutely breath-taking. We’ll really miss Teddy, but hope to see him again in Easter 2016 on our US Tour – until then we’ll just have to re-watch the video over and over again to pretend his intense soloing is still with us.
Anyway, much love from the alts, and we hope you enjoy the video!