Posts Tagged ‘Japanther’

I MISS YOU BEAU VELASCO

“I Miss You Beau Velasco” from The Death Set on Vimeo.

It’s the little things i miss about Beau Velasco… Walking the streets of NYC with you. Laughing about silly things like imaginary creatures you’d make up and how much you loved animals, usually the dorky ones that no one else would love.

It’s been years in the making, but the video for “I Miss You Beau Velasco” off “The Death Set” record “Michel Poiccard” is finally complete and I feel very honored to be a part of an amazing collaboration. So much love for you BV, we really do miss you.

“It would be impossible to make a video that would completely encapsulate our love for our lost band mate and friend Beau Velasco. He was an inspiration to us and to so many.
The process was extremely difficult, yet one we had to embark upon. It is very important to us that he be remembered. We asked as many people as possible that were close to Beau if they would like to appear in the video. So many friends and family from all over the world took part; from The Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York City.” – The Death Set

Some of the artists and musicians you may recognize include Spank Rock, XXXChange, Santigold, Japanther, Best Fwends, Roofeeo (TV on the Radio / The Death Set), High Places, Dan Deacon, Trouble Andrew and Vice Cooler (XBRX).

Director/editor – Jay Buim
. DP – Kyle Repka. 
Additional video: 
Nathan Smith, 
Craig Elrod, 
Claudio Kirac, 
Leonie Savvides, 
Dalton Blanco, 
Scott Ross, 
Jay Buim, 
Mary Pearson
, Rob Barber, 
Johnny Siera
. Additional Live Footage: 
Claudio Kirac, 
Colin Devin Moore.
Animation – Amber B Dianda. 
Colorist – Irving Harvey
. Photography:
 Amber B Dianda,
Tod Seelie, 
Rebecca Smeyne
, Simon Lovelace, 
Ed Zipco
, Johnny Siera
, Carleton Banks.

Cast (in order of appearance) 
Amber B Dianda animation, Best Fwends (Dustin Pilkington, Anthony Davis), Native – Vincent Van Horne, Johnny Siera, Dan Walker, Ella Parons, Charles Parsons, Jahphet “Roofeeo” Landis (TV on the Radio / The Death Set), Joseph “JK5” Ari Aloi (Daredevil Tattoo), Clinton Parsons, Leonie Savvides, Vice Cooler (XBRX), Carla Parsons, Steven Edson, Mark Duckworth, Benji Phillips, Simon Ponnusamy (AM Eyewear), Emily “Rabbit” McDonough, High Places (Rob Barber, Mary Pearson), Japanther (Ian Vanek, Matt Reilly), David Andler, Rob Girardi, Spank Rock (Naeem Juwan), Sofia Szamosi and Breakfast, Emily Elizabeth Holler, Phoenix “Benoot” Elizabeth Holler, Dan Deacon, Jay Buim, Dan Morris, Claudio Kirac,  Peter O’ Connell, Othelo Gervacio, Jocelyn Wilkerson, Kevin Kearney, Jah Jah Brown (Ninjasonik), Jessica Lee Wertz, Jason Urick, Alex “XXXChange” Epton, Scott Lowe, Trevor “Trouble Andrew” Andrew and Santi “Sanitgold” White, Beau The Dog, Tod Seelie

THANK YOU

Creating the Japanther music video has  been a very emotional journey for me. In doing this project I have come to realize that even though depression and anxiety isn’t openly discussed in our society, it is a subject that is very close to the hearts of people that have been affected by it either directly or indirectly. The amount of people that have reached out and shared their stories have been overwhelming, and I really appreciate all the love and support we have had from all our friends and family.

I want to send a very special thank you to all the people that watched our video, “Come Back Home” and bought a zine or animation cel for charity, and to Japanther for putting on an awesome show and donating their ticket sales from the night.

We are very proud to say that together we raised $900 for our chosen depression and anxiety charity, mentalpod.com. Mentalpod is a free podcast out of LA curated by comedian Paul Gilmartin who records interviews exploring mental illness, addiction and depression, especially among creatives… Check it out, it’s amazing.

I really hope our small donation will help people silently struggling with depression and anxiety, to reach out for help and know you are not alone.

Special thank you to Noisey, Vice Magazine, Juxtapoz, The Blackmail, Monster Children, Color Magazine, Bleachblack, and Fecal Face for all your love in helping us get our video out there.

And last of all I want to say thank you to my husband, Kirk Dianda for being such a huge inspiration to me everyday. I just adore you.

In memory of Beau Velasco – may you rest in peace homie.

Thanks again for all your love and support everyone!!

With love xa

ANIMATION CELS FOR CHARITY

These are the one-of-a-kind animation cels from the Japanther music video “Come Back Home”. The music video was made with the classic stop-motion style, where each frame is cut out of paper and shot, then moved and shot again until it resembles a moving image.

There are 15 different animation cels available, and each is unique (1 of 1). The cel comes framed and signed by the moi, and also includes a limited edition ‘zine. The ‘zine features still frames from the music video, and photos by Ian Vanek from Japanther.

Money from the sale of the animation cells and ‘zines will be donated to a depression and anxiety charity.

ABOUT THE MUSIC VIDEO

In homage to Beau Velasco, Brooklyn Punk band, Japanther wrote the song, “Come Back Home”. The song spoke directly to our hearts, and so, Kirk and I were inspired to create a very special stop-motion animation for the music video.

On April 25th at The Smell in Los Angeles, the music video will be played, with a live set by Japanther and special guests, Boys Who Say No.

Vice Mag and noisey.com will be doing an exclusive global online launch on April 23rd.

For more information on the music video, click here:

http://amberbcreate.com/baby-come-back-home

Why Did the Chicken cross the Road? Buy it here!

Wind beneath your wings. Buy it here!

Japanther Font. Buy it here!

Tia Tequila! Buy it here!

The Meeting. Buy it here!

Roadkill. Buy it here!

Digesting thoughts. Buy it here!

Chook Eeek! Buy it here!

Chorus #1. Buy it here!

Gutty Whuts. Buy it here!

Chorus #2. Buy it here!

Reunited. Buy it here!

Till Death Do Us Part. Buy it here!

This is the End. Buy it here!

 

 

“COME BACK HOME” MUSIC VIDEO LAUNCH

We launched the “Come Back Home” animated music video for Japanther last night at The Smell. A huge turn out, punk rock and mosh pits made for a really fun evening!

A very special thank you goes out to Noisey for all their love and support, Japanther for putting on such an amazing show, and all the rad kids that rocked up and bought zines for charity.

There was so much love in the room for our dear friend Beau… We miss you like crazy. xox

Opening band, “Boys Who Say No” were awesome!

Ian Vanek from Japanther!

Kirkasaurus and Ira keeping shit under control in the sound booth.

Free plants for Japanther fans.

Danny was so rad! Keep an ear out for his band Brannigans Law

Ian Vanek introduced our music video, “Come Back Home” by Japanther.

Punk Rock and Mosh Pits!

 

AB x JAPANTHER

Hello friends and family,
I wanted to share my latest collaboration… A music video for the song “Come Back Home” by JapantherVice Magazine and noisey.com have exclusively released the music video, which can be viewed below.

 

Japanther
“Come Back Home”
Beets, Limes & Rice
Stop Motion animation by:
Amber B Dianda
Edited by:
Kirk Dianda

 

Japanther is a band / art project, established by Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the band has been described as, “Super hard, incredibly fast and overall inspiring” by Thrasher Magazine. Their latest album Beets, Limes and Rice, is a celebration of ten years in the underground and an ultra-contemporary meditation on “catharsis and being in love in a time of darkness.”

 

In a homage to Beau Velasco, Japanther wrote the song, “Come Back Home”. Beau was a very special creature; compassionate, full of love, crazy and creative as hell. I met him when I was only 17 years old, and consider him a beloved friend to this day. As long as I knew him, he struggled with anxiety and depression, and three years ago, sadly, he lost that fight. The song spoke directly to our heart, and so, Kirk and I were inspired to create a music video.

 

The video is created with the stop-motion style. Painstakingly, each frame is cut out of paper and shot, then moved and shot again until it resembles a moving image, like vintage cartoons. It took over 2000 frames to create the music video, and was edited by the handsome Kirk Dianda.

 

If you are interested in helping support us, here are some fun ways…

 

Come to the gig!
We will be launching the “Come Back Home” music video on April 25th with Japanther in LA at The Smell.

 

Buy a Zine!
I have made a special edition zine for the event, featuring still frames from the animated music video, and photos by Ian Vanek from Japanther. Money from the sale of the zines will be donated to a depression and anxiety charity. Click here to purchase a Zine, They are numbered and signed, in a limited edition of 150 @ $5 each.

 

Buy an animation cel!
These are the original 15 cels used in the animation. They will be framed and signed with all proceeds being donated to charity. Click the link to own one here.

 

Spread the love and please come along if you’re in LA.

 

Let’s Party!
xa

JAPANTHER

Kirk, Adam, and I met up with Aussie comrade, James last night. Then we went to see Japanther play a rad gig at The Smell, in LA, and shit got nuts.

Ian Vanek of Japanther.

Matt Reilly and friend.

Sirah

The Mexican gay bar next door was awesome.

JMB.

Adam taking a dump.