Wild Cat Strike premiere stripped-back version of ‘Sickle Cell’ for Down Time series presented by Small Pond

January 19, 2019

Wild Cat Strike premiere stripped-back version of ‘Sickle Cell’ for Down Time series presented by Small Pond

Down Time, presented by Small Pond, is a series of one-take session videos that capture artists in a new light – giving unique, stripped-back performances in handpicked locations around Brighton and beyond.

A retro pastel pink hair salon provided the backdrop for a Natalie Evans acoustic session, launching the series in style. Further instalments see viral sensation Boy Pablo playing hit single “Losing You” in a colourful Mexican restaurant; Japanese prog/jazz band Mouse On The Keys taking toy keyboards and a makeshift drumkit for a jam under Brighton’s Palace Pier; slacker/folk singer-songwriter Andy Crowder, AKA Piles Of Clothes, circling a city-centre park with his guitar under a vivid blue sky; Inwards setting up his modular synths by a flickering bonfire outside his log cabin in Worcestershire, for a late-night wig-out.

Now Small Pond are excited to present to you the newest instalment of our ‘Down Time’ series, featuring Wild Cat Strike performing their stripped-back and intimate version of their single “Sickle Cell”. This video was shot in one take at Pop Up down at the seafront in Brighton and shows the band in a brand new light. 

The musicians featured in Down Time sessions range from acts signed to the Small Pond label, to those who are passing through the Small Pond studios to rehearse or record, and other artists who are simply loved by the Small Pond crew and snapped up to film on their downtime while they’re in town.

The Down Time series is directed by Devin Yüceil, Small Pond’s in-house head of video and a sought-after videographer who regularly works for the likes of Vice, Noisey, Wired and MTV.

In Yüceil’s words: “The idea is to take an artist and put them in a unusual and interesting space, to perform reworked and often stripped-back versions of their songs… The combination of both the space and the filming style makes for a cinematic and tactile viewing experience; creative filming techniques mixed with a charming low-budget feel create a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.” 

Small Pond is a young music company centred on a thriving recording and rehearsal studio complex in Brighton, which is becoming a favourite haunt for rising bands and renowned acts – many of whom have also stopped in to film sessions or deliver masterclasses. Artists previously passing through include Warpaint, The Noisettes, Tyondai Braxton (Battles), Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos/Death Grips) and Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan). Turning a hand to all aspects of the modern independent music industry, Small Pond also offers filming/photography, touring services, and live promotions, as well as being home to a rapidly expanding record label with acts including The Physics House Band (a Guardian New Band Of The Week, among other accolades), Natalie Evans, Inwards, InTechnicolour, Wild Cat Strike, Yama Warashi, and Luo.

The Down Time branded videos are rolling out monthly on the Small Pond YouTube channel, with a press and social media campaign. This builds on the channel’s existing reputation as a fast-growing hub for great content, its mix of live gig and festival footage, intimate sessions and official music videos having gained more than 1 million views to date.

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