As Billboard chart-toppers transition from stadium tours to Instagram Live performances, members of a musical group from Lakeridge High School are also using technology to do what they can't do anymore — play music together.
Two weeks ago the students, with a history of performing for their classmates, posted a music video to Youtube. The video was made during stay-at-home orders using social distancing measures.
The song, "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit, wasn't new to the group. They had performed it at Snowchella — the winter music event designed to get people excited for the now-canceled annual LOchella — and at a school assembly shortly before school closures. The group consists of Paul Corso on drums, Josh Orth as the keyboardist, Tia Lempert with vocals and Max Ball on violin. Orth also filmed himself and the other band members, as well as edited the video. Corso produced the track.
They shot the video over the course of three days, and Orth spent the next two editing it.
"The goal was to give something fun to the people who know us," Corso said.
Corso said it was also a chance to improve upon their performance at Snowchella.
"We wanted to get it as close to the actual song as possible," Corso said.
Safety precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 restricted the group from physically meeting all together. But that didn't stop them from making the video. Orth recorded his part, then set up a tripod before each band member arrived at a location and filmed each member separately from six feet apart.
"We had a goal of just showing others that even though we're in quarantine that shouldn't stop us from doing the things we want to do," Orth said, adding that there are always alternative ways to do things.
"We're making a music video in quarantine and we're doing what we can do with it," Corso said.
Lempert said there were challenges transitioning to a new way of doing things.
"If I have questions the only way I can really reach people is by calling or over text," she said.
She said they are accustomed to all making music in the same room.
"It was really cool that we were still able to do it despite circumstances," Lempert said.
Once the video was on Youtube, they all shared it to their Instagram accounts and privately with friends and family.
"The general response was just about everything we could have hoped for," Corso said.
Orth added that since a lot of people don't know they play music, the video was met with some surprise.
"We got quite a big response from Instagram," Lempert said.
She said friends and family were very supportive.
The group plans to make more cover videos this summer. You can watch their cover of "Rather Be" here
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