Filming Gilles Peterson’s live sessions for Worldwide FM

In a basement in North London, Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson has brought together some serious kit, talented professionals and a collection of the globe’s most interesting artists to broadcast live on his radio station Worldwide FM. The atmosphere of the place was fast paced and energetic and we were there to capture it on video.

Soul legend Leroy Burgess’s interview and live performance

Gilles’s kicked off his 3-hour set interviewing legendary artist Leroy Burgess about his career and inspirations behind his classic soul, R&B and disco music. We filmed the interview in a fly-on-the-wall style to, as much as possible, avoid interrupting the view of the thousands of people watching the Facebook live stream. The interview was filmed and edited on the same day giving the social media team at Worldwide FM some relevant content to post soon after the event.

Then came what the room had been prepping for; Leroy sat at the keyboard, adjusted the mic and utilised his range of gravelly tones to give a performance that left the room feeling like they had watched something unique, intimate and quite special. The performance left a raspy Leroy looking to conserve some of his energy for his performance at XOYO that evening. A two-camera operation was key for the performance; one static capturing the entire performance and a second on a gimbal allowing for closeups and fluid movements in shots. The video was filmed and edited as soon as the final audio file was ready so Worldwide FM had it planned into their content plan a few days later.

Big in Japan

Having supported James Blake’s tour in their native Japan, D.A.N. were in London to promote their new album. With over 2 million views on YouTube and off the back of huge festival performances, the four piece band gave an immersive underground psychedelic rendition of their latest tracks. Al Potts was our videographer and editor for the work, he had the challenge of working in the tight space of the studio basement, utilising a range of super-wide angle lenses and zoom lenses to capture the performance.