Music Video Benefits

Music Video Benefits – The lowdown

The music video is more powerful than ever

Since the 1950’s music videos have been part of the music scene. Michael Jackson gave more credence to music videos and used them as a powerful promotional tool for the actual music itself. Since the rise of YouTube in 2006/2007, aspiring artists now have a medium to be found and some of the biggest stars of the modern age were found just on the basis of their YouTube and MySpace online presence.

Why not get your band noticed by providing your sound with an original and innovative music video. Step up to the next level with Vivid, a professional music video production company. What would a record company rather see, a band with a great sound or a band with a great sound and look? It is not just for bands or artists but any live act wanting to book more shows or show agents/musicals what they can do.

We bring experience and imagination to every project

We love nothing more than a good music video to get our teeth into. Drawing on our many years of video production experience, we have the creativity and the technical know how to produce your video from concept to completion. We can combine storylines, live action filming and highly advanced animation to allow any creative ideas to be visualised on the screen and to be seen by your fans. Let Vivid show you what we can do….

The Vault Music video feat Raphaella
The Vault Music video feat Raphaella

Get yourself noticed

As everyone and their dog know, to get exposure within the music world, you have to have the right sound (although that is not always the case) and the right image. This is where Vivid come in, Vivid can provide the concept/storyboard, the filming and the editing for any type of music video. We also have the expertise to instruct any band how to get the right exposure for their video and how to integrate it into their overall promotional strategy.


To get a music video produced does not have to be expensive. People wrongly think that to get a music video produced has to cost the earth. We have produced videos from simple band led performances to fully fleshed out storylines. Why not have a chat and I am sure we can fit into your budget.

Benefits of a Music video

  • Professional music video production elevates bands position
  • Captures your live performance
  • Be as creative as you want
  • Can be used across numerous promotional platforms
  • Can be sent directly to fans, agency and promoters

Why not found out more about Vivid’s music video production page or to view more blogs go to our music blogs page. Vivid would very much welcome a chat over the phone (0161 477 2404) or face to face so give Vivid a call on 0161 477 2404.

The “Vault” interpretative dance music video ft Raphaella with love


Interpretive Dance Music Video

We have been getting all creative here at Vivid. As part of our recent “Fun with Flour” shoot we decided we wanted to get Raphaella in for some additional images. With Raphaella being a trained dancer and having worked with her previously, we knew she would be perfect for the shoot. What turned up was an interpretive dance music video, a first for Vivid.

Shooting at our studio

As we had some additional time, our Graham wanted to take some extra shots around the studio. Our studio is quite a unique place and has some historic listed rooms and interesting features like a spiral staircase going up to the top office.  With the building being a bank in its past life, its main feature is the bank safe or in this instance the titled vault. We grabbed one of cameras and decided to do some filming.

Model posing in Wood panelled Room
Posing in the Wood Panelled room

Preparation is key

Lets just say the preparation for the shoot was limited and best described as organic. This was not the usual high standards of preparation that Vivid Photo Visual apply to our commercial clients. We will admit that the ‘story’ came out… ahem… in the edit.

The Ballerina - Raphaella
The Ballerina – Raphaella

The edit

However we did have some ideas beforehand and were working towards a darker and seductive edge to the video. This was undermined by our Graham playing ‘Karma Chameleon’ by Culture Club to set the mood for the video. Not sure Raphaella knew what to do. The music was quickly changed to fit the mood a bit better and Raphaella did what she does so well. The basic premise of the film was to film Raphaella over the differing locations of the Studio but to also link it to the Vault.

Model holding safe door key

In the edit we liked the contrast between the Vault and the interpretive dancing sections and to emphasise this we used the simple black and white effect to provide this contrast. The very simple story is a woman trapped in the Vault who yearns and daydreams that she is free but ultimately has to return to the reality of the Vault. Yes… some pretty deep stuff in comparison to the more vibrant and fun videos that Vivid normally produce.

Raphaella creating beautiful body lines.
Raphaella creating beautiful body lines.

Final thoughts on our Interpretive dance music Video

As always it was a joy to work with Raphaella and I am sure we will be working with her again soon. We would love to hear what you think of the video and if you like the video or blog, please feel free to share.

If you would like to find out more about our more normal commercial video production, please visit our video production page. Alternatively call Vivid on 0161 477 2404 and speak to a member of the Vivid team.


‘Slip and Dive’, Vivid film the new Daystar music video.

Well something a bit different from our last blog, no Miss Stockport but Vivid’s first ever music video. Vivid were asked to film a music video for Manchester band Daystar, for their new single ‘Slip and Dive’.

Ryan, Jack, Simon, Tom and Steven – Daystar

Who are Daystar?

For those who aren’t familiar with Daystar, they are a young guitar driven 5 piece Indie Rock Band from Manchester. They have just released their first album ‘Daystar’. The album was produced by Ronnie Stone who engineered Mansun’s Hit album ‘Attack of the Grey Lantern‘.

Music Video Production by Vivid Photo Visual
Simon Monaghan of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

Stockport Video Shoot

The location for the shoot was the Moolah Rouge recording studios in our home town of Stockport.

Behind the scenes at Moolah Rouge ©Bob McGowan

We arrived and set-up prior to the bands arrival. This gave Glen a bit of time to do his usual ‘Human Beatbox’ which he has to do whenever he sees an open mic. Fortunately none of Daystar witnessed this so we didn’t instantly lose our ‘cool film crew’ image!

That happened later on when Glen asked the band to give a little more ‘Jazz Hands’ in their performance! To be fair to Glen, he had threatened us in advance that he was going to use the phrase Jazz Hands so at least he stuck to his word.

Simon Monaghan of Daystar performing Slip and Dive – Vivid Photo Visual

Dedicated followers of fashion

The band arrived and despite the Lead Guitarist looking like Ollie Murs (only joking Ryan!), they were top lads. Laura Sellers, their stylist arrived and together they picked out the clothes for the shoot. Within 30 minutes we were ready to roll, or maybe 45 minutes as Simon decided the first jeans were a little too tight!

Ryan Arnfield of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

Full house

The room was pretty full with; the 5 piece band, the Vivid team, Dave Cooper and Phil Cuthbert from the bands management. A couple of photographers that knew the band, first was Bob McGowan who kindly has allowed us to use some behind the scenes shots on this blog.

Behind the scenes on Slip and Dive ©Bob McGowan

The second was Matthew Comer, who works closely with the band and has taken some of the stills on their first album. Finally, and to prove it wasn’t only a male only affair, was the stylist Laura, who worked really quickly and got the lads dressed and ready to shoot within record time.

Simon Monaghan of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

I think because the room was full it created a great vibe and the band really went for it. It’s not easy doing multiple takes and still looking like it’s your first.

Under The Spotlight – Simon Monaghan of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

3 cameras = 3 Hours

We filmed the video with 3 cameras, and it took 3 hours. In-between takes or when I felt the other 2 cameras were enough, I managed to take a few stills of the band during the shoot, to share on the blog.

Jack O’Connor of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

Passionate Music Video

The shoot went very smoothly, and although this was the bands first video shoot, they were very professional and passionate about their performance. I think the hardest thing for any band is playing live in time to the original album track. Live performances always differ, you hold a note back, extend a note out, add an extra drum fill etc…. you can’t do that when making a music video, it has to match the album recording, and they did this very well.

Steven Woods of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

By 10.30pm we were happy we had all the footage we needed so we packed up and said our goodbyes. It was down to us now to edit the video.

Simon Monaghan, singer of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

Now for the Edit

For the look and feel for ‘Slip and Dive’ we wanted a high contrast monochrome look. We had filmed it with unsoftened fairly harsh lighting, with this look in mind. It was a great video to edit and we have to say, although listening to the track 100’s of times whilst editing we still enjoyed listening to it. As someone said “it’s one of those tracks that conjures up images of youth dancing through the minefield of a paranoid drug influenced urban sub culture” I don’t think I could have put it better myself….in fact I know I couldn’t!

Tom Mallas of Daystar by Vivid Photo Visual

Vivid’s 1st Music Video

This was Vivid’s first music video production and we really enjoyed making it. It added a bit of variety from our usual web videos and company profile videos. We wish Daystar every success with ‘Slip and Dive’ and hope to work with the lads again in the future.

If you want to see more of Daystar, or purchase the single, here are some links;

If you want to find out more about our music video production service, please click on the music video production page.