The SHU-SHO SHOT for August 2010:
Including remixes by BradElectro, XuXe, davidshanesmith, and SHU-SHO's own Jaswho? and Giovanny Blanco as "Bandabarata".
Also included with the full download of this SHU-SHO SHOT is the accompanying music video for "Motivationator" directed by Giovanny Blanco featuring Johnnie Rodriguez and John D. Cornelius.
Or you can just check it here:
STORY BEHIND SHU-SHO's - "Motivaionator" Music Video
Here it is, the video for "Motivationator" off the upcoming SHU-SHO record "FATCAMP". The video came about when in the middle of working on FATCAMP at Soulmine Studios in Oakland, we realized that I, Giovanny Blanco, had a few hours to kill in the Bay Area on a Monday night before my coffee fueled, overnight drive back to LA. Jaswho was out cold after a long weekend of marathon recording sessions and late night club gigs. I, on the other hand had spent all my Oakland time locked in the studio. I was going crazy...I needed to do SOMETHING. Of course, I could've driven home but I felt like I wasn't done. So, I did what any normal person would do, I put an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone wanted to be the star of the next SHU-SHO music video. Departure time being three hours away and with nothing to shoot with but the Flip camera in my pocket, I didn't expect much of a response. Especially since the last minute nature of the whole act surely raised some flags for some. I didn't care, he knew there would be someone out there as maniacal as me. I wasn't looking for a lot of responses...just one. After a handful of folks asking about money (rightfully so - people gotta get paid) and logistics (when, where, how and why) and I had neither. I just wanted to shoot some video. Flip video. Ha. Then I received an email from Johnnie Rodriguez, SF Actor with nothing better to do with just two questions: when and where. I found my Motivationator. With no major plans or script I listened to the song over and over as I drove over the bay bridge from the east bay. I told Johnny over the phone to bring props...anything. We met up in North Beach, a block away from City Lights, and he showed up with a wand and a cap with a bell on top. I knew we could do anything. We almost did. The battery on my Flip died after 21 minutes of shooting. Did we get enough footage? Did it matter? Did we care? No. I thought all of these things repeatedly while waiting for cops to move. I had parked in front of a pizza joint where (in those 21 minutes) there had been an altercation and four cop cars we're on the on the scene just because some dude got extra cheese on his slice and didn't expect to pay for it. Weeks later, nervous about the little amount of footage we had shot, I thought of asking everyone in SHU-SHO to videotape themselves performing the video - everybody's all over the place; LA, Oakland, Maryland, Hartford, Brooklyn, South Carolina (or is it North, Troy - I always forget). I'd ask SHU-SHO people to place a camera down on a table and do a little song and dance number with the tune. No real connection to what was already shot but, eh...it's a music video, right? Well, I never got around to asking everyone and the only person I did eventually ask was John D. Cornelius, otherwise know as he who's bass is tight. I asked him first because I knew he had a camera. I asked in the morning and that night, John e-mailed me with footage. The pairing of John's was just what the editor (me) needed. A week of mucking around (not a real week but an hour or 5 every day depending on how sick I was feeling (yes, cue the violins). And now here it is. It ain't a lot but it's what we got. To quote the purple one, Prince, "Little? Yeah, right. It might be little but it's loud!." Thanks to Johnnie, John John and SF!
- Giovanny Blanco
SHU-SHO's "Motivationator" Music Video
Johnnie Rodriguez www.community.webtv.net/JRod/JOHNNIERODRIGUEZ
John D. Cornelius www.facebook.com/john.d.cornelius
and all the beautiful strangers out for a stroll on a cool, San Francisco Summer night.
DIRECTED AND EDITED by Giovanny Blanco.
STORY by Giovanny Blanco and Johnnie Rodriguez
PRODUCED by SHU-SHO & SUPERMERCADO23