Here to talk about a fun routine that was way overdue for a solo video: Dubstep Printer Jam!
During a time when dubstep was not (yet) commercially known throughout the world, I was searching for as many dubstep tracks I can find. I somehow stumbled upon this treasure, Printer Jam, which is a dubstep remix [by Barbarix] of the drum-and-bass version [by Mistabishi]. I really enjoy dancing to tracks like this because they deliver tons of random and unique sounds coming in at random times throughout. So Printer Jam was a perfect track for my solo performance!
I have used Printer Jam as my solo performance track for a few shows with my crew, RemoteKontrol. The performance is definitely a crowd-pleaser when you know the song well enough to not only catch all the sounds but also figure out creative ways to show how you would hit each of those sounds. For example, there’s a part in the track where you hear the words “Try unplugging it” before malfunctioning-like sounds immediately play though for only a short period. During that malfunction, I twitch my head in a direction different from my initial direction and then revert back to my original position to set up for the following words: “and plugging it again.” It’s simple, yet effective! Although I do like using this track when performing with RemoteKontrol, I felt it was time to perform to the track outside of the gold suit.
Fun Fact: I decided to add the intro to the original version before the remixed version. I thought it would look cool to move to random printer sound effects as the appetizer before I get into the main course! (LOL)
I wanted the concept to match with the name of the track, so an office is the ideal location for my dance video. It would take some time to find an office where I would be given permission to setup and shoot the video, so I decided to shoot right outside of an office-like location. The best part of this little journey is finding a location where I wouldn’t have to deal with security or the police (#DanceLifeProblems). I was fortunate to discover a place with no one around to stop me. Part one of my plan was completed.
As for dress code, the obvious choice was business casual. I wanted to dress like I was at the office for work or attending an interview. No other look would work well for this video… well, there’s also an outfit worn by a maintenance worker. But business casual was what I decided, so let’s move on!
The best part about performing without a mask is being able to express “talking” to your audience. For example, I mouth out “Printer Jam” right before the drop. The audience gets a kick out of it! Again, simple yet effective! So being able to show off my beautiful face brings more to the performance.
The icing on the cake was the flip phone, which was actually my girlfriend’s. She let me use it to add that final touch to the dance video. During the scene, I acted like it was time to head back to work. This worked well as a way to leave the shot while the track continues playing. I still have that cellphone actually, so I can use it for live performances in the near future. I guess a smartphone can work as well, but I feel there are more possible and effective ways of using a flip phone during a live performance.
The original footage had some lighting issues. I didn’t expect to see any lighting problems until I went into the editing process. I had to turn down the brightness and other adjustments so the final product will look viewable for the viewers viewing this.
So that’s pretty much all I have for Dubstep Printer Jam. It’s definitely one of my favorite routines that I enjoy performing live!
You can check out the video here: