Beautiful Ways was shot in just a couple of hours one evening in Beijing. Paul Morris turned up at my room in The Hutongs with a camera and a couple of beers and we just decided to go for a walk and see what happens. It turned into a couple of hours which seemed to reveal something of the hidden heart of China….
“After the long road from Chongqing, I arrived in Changsha with a chest infection. I had a show to play & found myself at that mid point of a tour, feeling dispirited and physically worn out. As dusk descended the light by the Xiang river turned into the deepest, most otherworldly blue. It felt somehow that the song had predicted the moment, and I suddenly felt exactly where I was meant to be.”
I shot the video for »Break for the Light« as a labour of love during my month long stay in China. There are impressions and moments captured from the whole tour. Essentially this is a first hand viewpoint from my experience in China – as I discovered the country daily. It was shot in slow-mo on the brilliant Sony A7s camera – I recommend!
Here is a short introduction piece I made at home in Neukölln while I was planning »Journeys«. I had lost my deal with EMI the year before. After many false starts, I allowed myself to “stop” and accept that I felt totally stuck. Shortly after this »Journeys« began to form – and since then has felt like it is creating itself.