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MATT STAWSKI: Hour Detroit Interview
As a nominee for directing Cee Lo Green in the music video for “F*** You,” Matt Stawski attended the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old Warren native and Cousino High School graduate offered a behind-the-scenes take on the experience, including what it’s like to lose to Lady Gaga
Saturday was the nominee reception and Sunday was the Grammys themselves. The nominee reception was pretty cool. They gave the lifetime achievement award to The Ramones. Julie Andrews got a lifetime achievement award as well. That was pretty wild, just seeing her up on stage. She was really elegant — Mary Poppins herself.
What time did things get rolling on Sunday?
We got there at 12:30, and we reported straight to the red carpet. It was kind of crazy, but I got to do two interviews. One was with Fuse TV and I did one with CNN.
BEHN FANNIN: Tera Melos “Manar The Magic”
PENTA: Inner Party System “American Trash”
Track: American Trash
Label: Red Bull Records
Director /Editor: Penta
MATT STAWSKI: Cee Lo Green - It’s Ok
MATT STAWSKI: Grammy Nomination for Best Video - Cee Lo Green
Congratulations to Cee Lo Green for the Best Music Video Nomination for F**k You. Along with a TON of other Nominations!
But this one in particular we had something to do with…
Omar Rodriguez Lopez : Agua Dulce De Pulpo
BEHN FANNIN: Cast Spells “Glamorous Glowing”
BEHN FANNIN: Good Old War “That’s Some Dream”
This fine Good Old War clip was shot while the band were out on the road earlier this year. Thanks go out to Andy Patch who lived in the van with them for a week shooting the voyage, and to Behn Fannin who edited and assembled the goodness for Refused TV. And make sure to head over to ITUNES where this song is the Discover & Download Feature for Free and all this week their glorious Self Titled album is only $5.99. And last but not least the guys are on the road so make sure to see them when they sing through your town. Click HERE for all the tour dates.
And on a personal note. Thanks GOW for all the Sargent House T-shirt love when you’re out on tour! Way to represent!
Omar Rodriguez Lopez : Polaridad
BEHN FANNIN: Director Spotlight “Your Music Today”
Director’s Spotlight : Behn Fannin
Behn Fannin isn’t your average dude. He seems to have his hand in every type of visual stimulation I can think of. When he’s not making music videos for the likes of Tera Melos or Panic! at the Disco, he’s actively participating in an on-going comedy group; and then I’m guessing after a couple of shot-gunned Redbulls, he sits down and works on his feature films. Basically, the guy is an absolute animal. We somehow managed to catch up with him and tried to pick his fast-paced brain.
YMT: Yo Behn! You’ve been in the video game for quite some time now, how did you first get involved with directing videos? And where do you find your inspiration?
BEHN: My dad, Rick Fannin, is a musician, so while I was interested in film making, music has always been a big part of my life. I noticed early on that the things I was interested in filming and the way I cut them had very strong ties to the feel and rhythms of music. When I moved to LA I made a few short films, but I wanted to reach a broader audience, so I started reaching out to record labels offering to make them music videos for free. They saw, from my short films, that I could pull stuff off with no budget, and took me up on it. That’s how my Melvins video came to be – I flipped when Ipecac Records sent me that track! After that I was picked up by Refused TV as a director, and since then I’ve done a lot of vids with the Sargent House record label. This is lucky for me because the label’s mastermind, Cathy Pellow, has assembled a roster of truly great bands.
Whether or not I’m competition with the other directors who make them, modern music videos are very inspiring to me, because due to ever decreasing budgets and fewer “suits” guarding the gates, bands and directors are having to use much more ingenuity and creativity to make music vids, which allows for bolder choices and forces the idea back into the core of the project, instead of relying on a big budget. But, I find inspiration in lots of other places too; paintings, science, photography, films, technology, Taco Bell, my neighbor’s garbage, etc…
BEHN FANNIN: Young Veins “Take A Vacation”
PENTA: The Wonder Years “Melrose Diner”
Artist: The Wonder Years
Track: Melrose Diner
Label: Hopeless Records