• Tiana Speter

INTERVIEW & PODCAST: Colin Jeffs

 

A master-craftsman of the highest order, Colin Jeffs has certainly worn plenty of creative hats over the years in the Australian music industry and beyond, from his tenure with bands including Widow The Sea, Heavens Lost, Tongues and Aversions Crown to his potent output behind the camera, conjuring music videos, branded content and capturing weddings. Operating under his company Ten Of Swords Media Collective, Colin has gone on to shoot 150+ music videos in the relatively short space of four years, most recently conjuring the visual magic behind the brand new Make Them Suffer music video for their tune Doomswitch (which also features Behind The Soundcheck's guest from last week Alex Reade), as well as clips for the likes of Black Lava, Jacob Lee, Diamond Construct, Clay J Gladstone, To Octavia, Alpha Wolf and countless others.


An all-rounder as director, videographer and editor in his latest endeavours, Colin has also recently announced a team-up with Sony Australia, with two intimate masterclasses lined up in November where Colin will inspire and thoroughly educate anyone wanting to create music videos themselves, with an intensive behind-the-scenes look and practical guidance surrounding the start to finish process to ultimately create a kickass music video.


In between dodging blizzards, precarious situations and the inevitable chaos that can accompany any filming endeavour, Colin spent a moment with Behind The Soundcheck host Tiana Speter to chat about his own musical journey, developing his love for heavy music, the time he had to make two dogs act on cue and more.


IN THIS EPISODE:

  • When Colin's interest in music first ignited, including being part of a band in his early teens, early musical influences and his first official gig (hosted by a bikie gang in the outskirts of Bendigo).

  • His journey as a vocalist, diving deeper into heavier music and his light bulb music moment courtesy of The Black Dahlia Moment that helped shaped his style.

  • How Colin's professional journey as a musician, a love for gadgetry and a love for visual mediums as a kid inadvertently led to him leaping into his new creative home as a videographer, filmmaker and storyteller.

  • Some standout and memorable moments from Colin's life as a videographer, including weathering snowstorms, fire, swamps and trying to make dogs act on cue in the name of art for Gold Coast artist and entrepreneur Jacob Lee.

  • Some of the unknowns, joys and potential misconceptions about life as a videographer and the realities behind the scenes, particularly for music videos.

  • Colin's upcoming Sony Australia masterclasses in Sydney and Melbourne to inspire new creators and guide people wanting to get into making music videos, and the importance of breaking down gatekeeping in the music and creative industries.

  • Colin's favourite music video of all time (hint: it's one of his own, and you can check it out below)

  • The best live shows Colin's ever been to, past and preset, and why they blew his mind (including a reference to Behind The Soundcheck's Season 2, Episode 3 guests Sunk Loto).

  • Two of Colin's favourite artists of 2022 so far and why: shout out to Clay J Gladstone and JSTNXMLLR!

 

CATCH COLIN ON EPISODE 7, SEASON 2 OF THE SOUNDCHECK'S PODCAST BEHIND THE SOUNDCHECK BELOW, ON SPOTIFY, APPLE PODCASTS - OR CHECK IT OUT WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS FROM.


AND TO SIGN UP TO COLIN'S UPCOMING SONY AUSTRALIA MASTERCLASSES, HEAD HERE.


BEHIND THE SOUNDCHECK

HOST & PRODUCER: Tiana Speter
GUEST: Colin Jeffs
THEME SONG: Hall Of Shame by Osaka Punch
 
 

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BY TIANA SPETER