When I’m not working on jackass getting punched in the balls by Johnny Knoxville and hearing Jeff Tremaine yell at me to film the poop, you can usually find me hanging out in the LA music scene shooing photos or making music videos for some of my friends' bands. Recently I happened to come-up on making this short video about Dave Lombardo’s other rock band PHILM. You see, when Dave’s not touring with Slayer, one of the heaviest metal bands of all time, he’s been working diligently with longtime friend Gerry Nestler, the guitarist and front man of Civil Defiance, and Pancho Tomaselli, a funk bassist from the band War, known for the hit songs “Low Rider" and “The Cisco Kid.”
Going into making the video I wanted to capture a bit of the process in how this whole album came together and see what it was like for these guys to self-produce their first album, but when the day arrived for the shoot I didn’t realize I had such a short span of time to get everything done. Dave was currently in the studio recording a new album with Slayer, and when I was at the house getting everything set up I received a phone call from him asking if I was ready. He was going to be leaving the studio right away to come straight over to the house. He only two and a half hours to shoot, because he needed to get back into the studio to finish his drum tracks for Slayer. I was like, "Oh, fuck, really? That doesn’t give us much time to shoot." Most videos take all day to film, but I felt I had everything under control and we had to move fast.
When Dave arrived at the house, we knocked it out in three hours—which really isn't that much time, but I still managed to get enough footage for the video. I had some help from Donny Anderson, the Nitro Circus camera operator. We used six of his Go-Pro cameras, and set them all up in this small room where the band holds their rehearsals and recordedHarmonic. Both of us shot as well with Sony EX3 cameras, using a small dolly to get some movement. Dave also had his son David “Yunior” helping out. He mic'ed up all the band gear in the room and did the recording, so what you see and hear on this video is the band actually performing the songs live. Then Dave took off and went straight back into the world of Slayer.
Looking back on that day now, I have think to myself how it all went down because most people couldn't handle that kind of stress, but Dave Lombardo is a true professional in my book.