1) How did you get started on your journey?
I started out as a musician working in recording studios and then got into sample based music and DJing in the 90s. In the 1997 I saw Coldcut/Hexstatic’s video song “Timber” where all the music was made from things happening in the video like chainsaws making a melody. After seeing that video I got into DJing Videos and making video remixes of movies, tv shows and memes and have been doing just that for 24 years. During that time I’ve been Djing nightclubs, film festivals, galleries and making lots of unofficial “bootleg” remixes on YouTube. As a result of these remixes on occasion musical artists, record labels, movie companies and TV Shows have asked me to make official remixes. I’ve done official remixes for U2, Fatboyslim, Comedy Central, AdultSwim, BBC, Snoop Dogg and others.
Last year I started getting into Cinema 4D and Blender so I could keep making video music but using video samples I made myself that had no video clips I took from movies.
2) Where do you see yourself in the future?
I want to get better at creating 3D videos for video music art and also to make stories. I also want to expand it into AR and VR making totally interactive music videos where the objects around you are playing the music and interactive. I am still doing remixes occasionally but now I mainly wanted to make pieces that are totally original.
3) Tell us about your favourite artists and projects?
There are so many. I have been a huge fan of Beeple, Smearballz and (https://twitter.com/KidMograph) for years. Since getting into NFT Art I’ve been exposed to a ton more artists like XCopy, made by studiojq and Trippyog. With traditional influences I come from a musical background watching film makers that make great music videos with huge synchronization…. Edgar Wright, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Jodeb.
4) Talk us through your creative process
Almost everything starts with music for me. I will have a 3D model, picture or rough idea of what I want to make and then I will make music that fits that idea. A lot of times I’ll build the music around the sound of an object I want to appear in the video like the sound of machinery or dropping water. I’ll try to work at tempos that suit the frame rate so that the final videos will loop perfectly. For example a 125 Beats Per Minute track at 25 Frames Per Second makes 12 Frames per beat so that you can make it loop perfectly musically and visually.
Once I have a rough musical idea I start building the animation in Cinema 4D but i will jump back and forth between Cinema 4D and Ableton to change things to better suit the animation. I will export separate audio tracks from my music like the kick drum or bass line on it’s own and use that to trigger lights or animations. I try to make everything I make have perfect synchronization between the music and the animation.
5) Any other exciting developments?
Every Friday at 1PM EST USA Time I am doing a live video remix DJ streaming on Token Smart’s Discord I’m putting out my 4th NFT shortly but it will not be for sale but available only to owners of Redlioneye.eth gazette
6) Anything else (NFT & Art) related that you want to be featured?
When I do video remixes now I am trying to stick to Crypto Art / Cryptocurrency remixes so far I’ve remixed Beeple and Vitalik Buterin. I’m also open to suggestions on who or what to remix and also collaborations.
I’m working on a few collaborations currently and my wife and I make an original sci fi shorts series called “Orgmentid”. My next NFT piece is going to be two robots fighting rhythmically creating a beat with their fight moves, I’m not only proud of it as an AV piece but I also don’t think many musical fight scenes have been made before in this way.
Written by : Benny Steele