PHILM recorded the drum tracks for their second album Fire From The Evening Sun at the House Of Rock studios in Santa Monica CA, the home of the late actress/singer Kathryn Grayson. This studio/home is amazing; it has a great vibe witch makes a comfortable working environment. When I was filming I had no idea that Dave Lombardo was going to lay down all twelve-drum tracks in one day. Impressive! What I remember from that day was that Dave was really focused, and he had this look on his face that he meant business. I’m still surprised that he didn’t tear a hole in his drumhead because he was playing like a madman. Pancho Tomaselli and Gerry Nester were both on top of their game that day as well, and three of them executed everything without any problems. I mean what can you expect from professionals. I’m happy how everything turned out with this video, and what a great opportunity to be able to document this important process of making an album.
Aside from all the things I worked over the years what I really like doing is making music videos. I don't know what it is but there’s something about it that makes me happy. Especially when I get a chance to work with rock legends like Dave Lombardo, and his other band PHILM.
Here's another video from the making of Harmonic album and the song is called Mild. For those of you who are still in the dark about this it's Dave Lombardo, Pancho Tomaselli and Gerry Nestler metal band called PHILM. The album is available on I-Tunes, Amazon or wherever you buy new music. I suggest you check it out today.
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.