I’ve shot countless videos of musicians — be it in-studio performances, live concerts, or Tiny Desk Concerts. But one of the most fun things I’ve played a part in is NPR Music’s Field Recordings series. I was there from the get-go when my brilliant, wildly talented colleague and pal Mito Habe-Evans and I took two bands (David Wax Museum and Mountain Man) into the crumbling ruins of Fort Adams at the Newport Festival to play the first two videos that eventually became this series. And I got to take part here and there over the years since.
So it was a ton of fun to be brought back into the fold and work alongside the video team — Mito, Adam Wolffbrandt and Josh Rogasin — to shoot this video of Mac DeMarco. At his house that sits on the bay across from JFK airport in Far Rockaway, Queens. In his rowboat.
DeMarco is such a peculiar and charismatic dude, but I love how game he was for this video. The results are charming — and one of the coolest things I’ve done in a long while. Check out the video above, and see my fuller write up over at NPR Music’s site.
(And hats off to Mito, who, in her waders, swam out to shoot from the water — and ruined a phone in the process. I only had to wear sandals in public for the first time since the late ’90s.)
Oh, and we have a hilarious and filthy outtake: