I had the opportunity to capture some footage for an upcoming promotional video featuring Jay Allan, who is a local artist that plays throughout Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott, Arizona currently. Jay has played music most of his life, his talent is undeniable and if you’re lucky enough to spend any time around him, his passion for music is extremely apparent. It’s honestly nothing short of inspirational watching someone choose to pursue something they love, through all the challenges of being a self employed songwriter/musician and succeeding! He is amazingly talented and it truly shows.
Growing up in Phoenix I did not spend that much time in Tucson, so when I was asked to go down to capture some footage and images for his promotional video, I couldn’t say no. I met up with Jay one Friday afternoon and headed south. Busy with life, we hadn’t had the opportunity to really catch up in a couple years, so watching first-hand what he did for a living was enlightening. On the drive down to Tucson, we discussed ideas, storyboarding and future scenes for the video. The options are truly endless and the goal is to create something that best represents not only his music, but what he’s about. I am excited to do it and equally excited to see the finished production.
We got into Tucson a bit early and had a chance to stop by Rainbow Guitars as well as The Folk Shop which happened to be almost directly across the street. Both establishments were friendly, informative and helpful. The kind people at The Folk Shop went above and beyond by giving my friend a lead for a new gig, which we visited and he secured. Time well spent. I was able to get some pictures and capture some footage before we headed to his show for the evening.
We arrived at Growlers Tap House around seven-thirty that evening, pulled right up then unloaded all the equipment and was greeted by most everyone there, what an awesome place! Great food, amazing service and a bar that extends outside on the patio to soak up all the stellar fall weather. We got all set up, then Jay introduced to an awesome couple who happens to follow him around seeing his various shows, I asked if they had the official “roadie” title? We hit it off so well the nice woman grabbed my video camera and captured some great footage of one of his songs that I am sure he will use going forward. I captured footage of most the entire show, from various angles, with various cameras and have cut it all down, labeled it, then when we get together again we will collaborate on a truly grandiose promotional video, sure to do his music the justice it deserves! This was a trial run of sorts, but we plan on working together in the near future and collaborating on more promotional videos he can use to not only sell his records, but also secure more gigs throughout the country. If you have an opportunity, go check out the Jay Allan Music website and listen to some of his music! Or if you’re close enough, make it out to one of his shows, it is a great time for the whole family.