Somesuch Blog

A blog about the things we do.

What’s in a Name?

Anyone who’s ever started a company will have faced the task of naming that company. It’s a tortuous journey. Our company was nearly called so many shit names, vacillating between the pretentious and the plain retarded. Architecture. Chapters. PFB. High Rise. God Speed. Unknown Pleasures. Work Makes You Free. Sun Ra. The Golden Bough. Atrocity. Blah blah.

One thing we all agreed on was that we liked books. And writing. So for about a day we were called I’d Prefer Not To after Bartleby the Scrivener’s famous dictum. But then common sense prevailed: I’d Prefer Not To was probably not sending out the right message for a new shop opening in the height of a recession.

Sally and I are big fans of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’. There’s a great passage where Huck and Jim meet a pair of grifters called the Duke and King. They’re down and dirty swindlers. Confidence tricksters. They throw a sham play called The Royal Nonesuch to try and make some cash. So for about a week our fledgling production company was called The Royal Nonesuch. We tried to register the name with Companies House and were quickly informed that to be Royal anything we’d need a letter from the Ministry of Defence and the Queen’s consent. This left us with Nonesuch films, but we eventually reasoned that Nonesuch Records would take a dim view of it, especially given their litigious reputation.

One morning Sally said, ‘What about Somesuch?’ Somesuch. Some. Such. Hmmm. I liked the sibilance. It was a nice word to say. Well, not really a proper word. More of a nonsense. But it felt good in my mouth. Somesuch. I thought it sounded like what an Atlanta based hip hop label would call themselves. Somesuch Entertainment Inc. We’d have a logo designed by Pen and Pixel and sip lean all day. But Sally loves ampersands. So we had to have an &/And. And the &/And was quickly followed by Co. It made us feel reliable, like those old menswear shops on Jermyn Street. Somesuch & Co. Like a long standing family business, rather than a company started on a credit card, some borrowed desks, and a wing and a prayer.

After a while you grow into your name. It feels as though you could never have been called anything else. And of course, much to our annoyance, no one ever used the &/And Co. It was always just Somesuch. Hello Somesuch.

Now the &/And feels like a hipster affectation. Suddenly everything seems to be &/And bloody something. 

Our new website launches on Monday. We’re fucking off the &/And Co. From now on it’s just plain old Somesuch.

The new website has a section called Stories. It’s a platform for long form fiction and non-fiction. We’ll be launching a new story every Sunday. 

In the end it always comes back to writing.

 

Turnt Up

Vincent Haycock recently directed a video for Raffertie starring the Mays Brothers—Rodney, DJ, and Demantre—who also go by the name of the Turnt Up Crew. You can see it here. While Vincent was on set he shot some beautiful stills on his trusty Leica. He very kindly sent them to us. 

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Nothing Compares 2 U…

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The other day I heard that new Rihanna song ‘Stay’; the one that sounds a bit like an Adele song; the one co-written by—and featuring—Mikky Ekko, a bloke who looks like he wears boot-cut jeans and should be a judge on American Idol; the one with the video of Rihanna crying in a bath.

The decision to cry in a video is a risky one. You have to deal with a big elephant in the room. I used to call it The Nothing Compares 2 U Phenomenon. Everyone remembers that video. It’s part of the canon. Music Video lore. Directed by John Maybury, its main focus is an austere close-up of Sinead O’Conner singing. As the song reaches the final verse she intones, ”All the flowers that you planted, mama / In the back yard / All died when you went away”. A beat. She trembles almost imperceptibly, and then lowers her head, looking every inch like Florence Delay in ‘The Trial of Joan of Arc’. Another beat. Perhaps these lines summon a faraway memory—a recollection of the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her late mother—because when her eyes meet the camera again she starts to cry. The lines that follow feel like a supplication. It’s an extraordinary moment. Spontaneous, raw and truthful; its power arguably unrivalled in music video history.

It’s a curious trait of the music industry that when something works its first inclination is to try and repeat it. Yeah, but he’s the new Ed Sheeran. Nigel’s gonna love it. Thus crow forlorn A&R men as they peddle their new signing to disinterested radio promoters. The same is true of music videos. Particularly ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. The echo of its influence can still be heard in offices where Banksys share wall space with INXS platinum disks. Most record executives have the attention span of a Ritalin starved ADHD child. Their biggest fear is boring. Boring keeps them awake at night, worse than the Radio 1 playlist meeting. Chuck the kitchen sink at it if you have to. Just don’t make it boring. But occasionally they get all misty eyed about videos for ballads.

I just think this needs to be simple. You know. Pure. It’s such a beautiful song. I just wanna see the artist sing it. You know. Really sing it. No gimmicks. Like the ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ video. Have you seen that?

Yes. Yes, I’ve seen that one. Every video commissioner’s worst nightmare. The Nothing Compares 2 U Phenomenon. Trying to re-create that video is like waiting for a Marian apparition, like holding out for Our Lady Of Atika to cry blood again. The pilgrims wanna believe it, but it’s never gonna fucking happen.

It worked for me once. We had to commission a video for James Blunt’s single ‘You’re Beautiful’. I called Sam Brown and said, can you make it like the ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ video please. His interpretation of that most crude brief was sublime by pop video standards. The video ended up launching Blunty in the States. It’s still one of my favourites.

However, every other time has been a disaster. I remember being at the bad end of a 20 hour shoot day in Vegas, watching Alesha Dixon invoke her painful divorce from So Solid Crew’s Harvey in a brave effort to cry on camera. She looked like she was trying to do a poo. Eventually a quick stab with a tear stick did the trick. The precious tear rolled down her cheek, carrying with it all the emotional impact of a replicant’s fart.

And so to Rihanna. If ever an artist had reason to cry in a video it’s her: remember that this someone who was so badly beaten by their partner that they had to be hospitalised. The fact that ‘Stay’ is about the inability to resist true love only gives the film a more disturbing resonance. Yet she is so self-consciously in control of her image that the tears somehow feel hollow. (There are not many people that bathe on all fours.) I could almost sense the presence of her acting coach from ‘Battleship’.

If only she’d let go.

Anyhow, if you haven’t watched it yet, check out Romain Gavras’s new spot for Samsung. Here.

 

Intern Duties Volume 2…

Jaro Minne has been interning with us over the past two weeks. He’s a very talented film-maker currently studying in Brussels. You can see his work here.

He made a film for us—the next in our 'Intern Duties' series. It was shot over his lunch break, around the corner from our office, and edited the same afternoon.

Intern Duties, Jaro Minne from Somesuch & Co. on Vimeo.

The two leads had never met before. Jaro cast one of them on the tube on his way to work. And he found the other one on couchsurfing.org.

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We Run Tings. Tings Nuh Run We

The homie Oliver Payne has a solo show at Herald Street which opens tonight.

There’s also an after party. Rollo Jackson is DJ-ing. Along with Jagger. It will be jokes.

And sometime over the next couple of weeks our new spot for Samsung drops…

White People’s Vision

A lot of advertising agencies wanna piece of the music video game these days. They call them pop promos, which is cute. It makes sense. Bang out a pop promo. Simple. There’s no easier way to affiliate your brand with that all important demographic - young people.

The tricky thing for advertisers is that recording artists aren’t products in the sense that they are actual-real-life-humans, full of foibles, insecurities, opinions, drug habits, and megalomania. They don’t always like to do as they’re told.

Here’s a cautionary tale from the late noughties. Yep. Some of the craziest shit I ever saw during my time as a video commissioner.

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It’s late March 2008. Richard Kylea Cowie, AKA Wiley, AKA Eskiboy, will release his latest single ‘Wearing My Rolex’ in six weeks on the Asylum imprint. The song, with its infectious DSK sample, and bonkers bars—Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble--is already picking up specialist radio play, while a YouTube rip is racking up the views. To most industry observers it has all the DNA of a nailed-on hit record. It just needs a video to push it over the line.

The Asylum marketing department are adamant that they want a video that will crossover, and sit comfortably on the various Box TV channels. Their plan is to re-brand Wiley as a pop producer, in the vain of Calvin Harris, and move him out the narrow culs-de-sac of grime. No yoots. No hoodies. No pit bulls. No scooters. No mountain bikes. No garage doors. No trigger fingers. No Tim & Barry TV exclusive.

Director Kim Gehrig comes up with a simple idea: Wiley is stalked down a London Street at night by hot dancers dressed in fox outfits; they dance up on him and steal his shit, including his Rolex, until he is finally left standing in his boxers. A cheeky, cartoonish urban fantasy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a rapper. It’s the kind of idea Ludacris or Andre 3000 would make. The label love it.

I have no contact with Wiley throughout the commissioning process. All communication with him is handled by Asylum’s MD, Ben Cook, via text message. Strange, elliptical messages. hold tight lets make a lickle video cuz. the fox one is a mad ting lol. is that the one doe. its a lipsin ting dun know. sweardown. im not shook of any music person on earth. get me a blue drink.

Then nothing for two weeks. He is AWOL. Missing somewhere. The shoot has to be put back. Rumours abound: he’s been slashed in the face by the parent of a child to whom he promised some beats and a bit of studio time, but never turned up; he’s back on the rocks, sheet rocking, geeked out, abandoning a Bentley on a street in Manchester; he’s hiding in Liverpool with one of his baby mothers. No one knows.

By the time Wiley shows up again, the video is late. The pressure increases. I hurry the video into production, the prep time curtailed, still mindful of the fact that I don’t know whether he’s read the treatment properly, or if he even likes it.

The day before the shoot Asylum finally convince Wiley to meet the production team so that they can take him through the shot list. I arrive at a large office. The receptionist escorts me through an open plan amphitheater of production desks, before we enter a sterile boardroom dominated by a giant oak table and countless awards—moon-men, gold arrows, silver arrows, bronze arrows, yellow pencils, black pencils, gold lions, gold circles. The room creaks under the weight. Wiley arrives with Bless Beats, the producer responsible for the ‘Rolex’ riddim. Bless Beats is the most stoned man I’ve ever seen. Lean does not even begin to describe it. Chinese eyes peer from under a cap, bloodshot and wet. His eyelashes look like they’re encrusted with THC crystals. All he can say is safe. Safe. He is actually made out of zoots. Wiley on the other hand is fidgety. Cracky. On edge. He sits on his hands like a kid, and leans forward when he speaks, his eyes bulging. He has a cup of tea and looks around the boardroom distrustfully. Kim tries to make small talk. It’s hard. 

We present the location. Dis is the fox one yeah? Yeah. Maybe we should just film it round my house. Get me. Just cotch at my house. Maybe allow the foxes. Is Mo around to do this one?  

My trenchant denial begins to crack. This is gonna be OK. A slight sick-y feeling gives way to full blown, watery-mouthed nausea. It’s always OK, right? Retching, sweaty panic. It’s not OK. We’re fucked. 

As it’s a night shoot, Wiley’s calltime the following day is 1pm. By 2pm he still hasn’t turned up. I call the marketing manager who’s charged with escorting him to set on time. Where the fuck is he? Everyone’s waiting. I hear a weak, tremulous voice at the other end. I’m trying, but he reckons he needs some new clothes. We’re wandering around Bethnal Green trying on track suits. 

He finally shows up at 3.30pm. I meet him at his car. We walk to the winnebago. The absence of bags tells me that the shopping mission wasn’t successful. Do you want some lunch? Yeah, KFC kid’s meal. He disappears into the trailer. Within a couple of minutes it begins to resemble a large mobile hot box. Purple Haze is a next bud.

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The minutes slip by. Not a peep from the trailer. Just the deep inhalations of men bunning skunk weed. I try and keep a low profile, but paranoia gets the better of me. The crew are staring. Eyes burrow into my brain, mocking, disdainful. This one’s on you big-shot-record-company-ding-dong. No good sweating into your Barbour. You need to sort this shit out. Then the full first AD shake down. Get him out. Now. The schedule’s already fucked.

I knock on the door of the trailer and step in. Wiley looks at me. Hood up. Eyes low. Dead gawk. Yes bruv. I’m coming. He drags his heels like a kid that doesn’t want to go to school. Straight sulk walk. When we arrive on set he pauses to take it all in, amid a hum of anticipation, before saying… 

This is white people’s vision… 

… and then walking off. Skepta and his manager desperately try and persuade him to stay, but he keeps walking, around the corner, out of sight. Gone. Swayze

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It’s a strange moment. Oddly violent. The crew stand around dumbfounded. Ben Cook from Asylum starts crying softly. Kim to her immense credit soldiers on, corralling the dancers, improvising a brand new routine with the choreographer. Fuck it. There’s a camera and film. Might as well shoot something.

It’s tough to understand why he did it. There are too many convenient explanations: dickhead, some of the crew mumble—I had another one of these grime guys the other week—he fucked off after a couple of hours—i’m not being funny, but they’re just lazy cunts—it’s hard not to detect the other pole of Wiley’s comfortable racism in these hushed protestations; others lament the selfishness of someone that can so readily squander the efforts of so many people who, for a reduced fee, have worked long hours to do the best work possible in their departments; inevitably the hood psychologists are quick to talk about self-destruction—a childhood predicated on poverty and failure, strangled by inherited expectations of what life may hold, leads him to bolt as soon as the daunting possibility of mainstream success beckons, the flight made more insidious by the fact that it functions under the guise of keeping it real.

I dunno man. Maybe it just didn’t feel right to him.

I still believe Wiley is a great artist; the great talent of his generation like Brian Wilson or the RZA.

Miraculously Kim and editor Tom Lindsay manage to cut something out of the footage. In spite of Wiley’s absence, the video is wildly successful. It’s added to every TV channel. High rotation. For two weeks it’s ubiquitous. Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble. The success of the video is only matched by its notoriety amongst die-hard fans. I’m suddenly the most hated man in grime. Youtube vitriol. da person who made this at the label shud be shot cuz. Wiley is texting everyone death threats. Atlantic have to hire extra security. Kiss FM have a phone-in dedicated to one particular scene in the video where a fox dancer eats fried chicken out of a bin. Disgusting bruv. But the momentum is inexorable. It’s a hit.

'Wearing My Rolex' finally reaches number two in the national singles chart, losing out to Madonna's '4 Minutes' for the top spot.

In The Streets…

Our intern Roger Gonzalez went for a quick skate round our office at lunchtime today and threw together this edit. It’s tight. The homie Ben Larthe helped with the filming.

Intern Duties from Somesuch & Co. on Vimeo.

You can see some of Roger’s other work here.

Bounce, Darling…

We recently completed a documentary project for Nokia Music and the Sundance Channel: six films about the emerging music scene in six American Cities. New American Noise. You can see the trailer here. Emily Kai Bock, Bob Harlow, Tyrone Lebon and Abteen Bagheri all directed segments. The films premiere at the Sundance Festival on the 18th January. You’ll also be see them on the tinternet here.

I hassled Abteen to write a guest post about some of his adventures. As he says, his experiences support the following adage: 

Everything you need to know about a city, you can learn at the local strip club. 

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The documentary style is liberating. There’s a go with the flow attitude, a difference in the feeling of a ‘work day’ when you’re shooting a documentary versus say, a short, music video, or commercial. The feeling and attitude is one I’d like to incorporate in my other work. By week two of shooting (we did Portland and New Orleans back to back) filming was the routine—documenting was life.

First off, with my documentary, there’s no actual shot list. That’s okay. I once crumpled one of those up in Australia before we started shooting The Presets, much to the dismay of producer Tash Tan… but it all turned out okay, if you’re asking me. With a documentary, you may have some ideas scribbled down or stored in your mind, but you’re mostly finding a way to put yourself inside the action you’re trying to capture. You’re waiting for surprises. A shot list could only lead to disappointment.

The crew is tiny, flexible, mobile and in this case consisted of two of my IRL friends: cinematographer Isaac Bauman and producer Chris Black. Our sound guy smiled a lot and had clearly done a lot of shrooms. Mostly, everything was set up for a comfortable environment—getting intimate with our subjects wasn’t difficult because we were close as a group. Eventually, we were just the homies, even though on the surface there was a Persian kid and a bald Jewish guy with a red beard running around inside of clubs in the lower 9th ward with professional camera equipment, but I digress. We were the homies.

And as the homies, it was our duty to loosen up. In the last two months I shot two projects in New Orleans—one a music video involving a major label, and the other this documentary. To save you from a litany of dissimilarities, I’ll point out a major one: we shot this thing at various levels of sobriety…

We were just out there living our lives, integrated into the BOUNCE scene, seeing everything through a digital camera. That’s an important distinction. The camera was digital (c300… with some vintage glass for the haters out there). We had plenty of card space. We’d shoot from morning ‘til 2:00 or 3:00am if we had to. Because we were in New Orleans, with their lax drinking laws (‘drive-thru’ daiquiri shops, people drinking from bottles on the streets), often times we’d enter the New Orleans night with their generous version of a bourbon double in our hands. We’d already been shooting for eight hours and as the parties started, we’d join up. I’m not condoning drinking and shooting, or smoking marijuana and shooting (which we tried once for 1am b-roll—end result paranoia) but I will say we got some damn good footage, dancing with the warmth of liquor in our stomachs. And Isaac Bauman is so skilled that most of it was in focus.   

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I was asked to blog about a funny anecdote. There’s your backstory. Let’s go back to my through line: everything you need to know about a city, you can learn at the local strip club.

Night eight or so of filming in New Orleans, we’re having drinks. Bourbon. We were staying at a motel outside New Orleans called the Studio 6 (more backstory, sorry). Studio 6 was a long term apartment style motel with felt blankets. We thought we had bed bugs. It was essentially a safe house. Our first night there, a dude named Mike with gold teeth said… ‘Didn’t I see y’all in the hood tonight?’  I turned around and said, ‘Who wants to know?’ But actually, I laughed nervously and said ‘Was that where we were?’ We get to talking. Mike is a nice guy, he tells us to be careful, how everyone thought we were police, etc. Isaac tells him we’re making a documentary on bounce music. He says, ‘OH BOUNCE MUSIC? Well that’s happenin’ at Lil’ Dawlins every night. If y’all want bounce, y’all should go there.’

Back to night eight. We’re having drinks with the client. We mention Little Darlings, which turns out to be a strip club. That’s where we’ll go film next.

Little Darlings is in the heart of the French Quarter. We roll up with no camera, which was our way of not scaring anyone. After Chris talks to the doorman, we learn, as expected, that we’re not allowed to film inside. By this point, two beautiful black women have their arms around Isaac, who is being taken inside. Another stripper grabs my hand. The client says, ‘Let’s go inside!’ She tells me I need to let loose and have some fun. I’ve been working too hard, she says. Alright, I say. Fuck it.

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Next thing I know, everyone is gone. A stripper is holding my hand. No one can hear my mumbled confusion. Is Isaac getting a lap dance from two women at once upon stepping in the joint? Where is my producer? All I hear is, ‘You gonna buy me a drink, baby?’ I go to the ATM. I buy the stripper a pineapple daiquiri cuz I’m supposed to let loose. I’m feeling good.  

Fast forward to two lap dances later in a dark room filled with cigarette smoke. The dances are interrupted by me asking the stripper in my lap about bounce music. After all, I’m doing research. Still no sign of Isaac or Chris. Is there some kind of private room I don’t know about? When are they going to play bounce music?

I leave the room, a bit disheveled, looking for my crew, who have now abandoned me. Maybe they’ve staged a mutiny. As I’m walking back, a beautiful woman grabs my hand. She tells me her name is Bunny. She has red hair and light brown skin. Two dances for the price of one she says. I wish I could have said no. If you’re offended, remember I’m a boy in my early 20s and I acknowledge my path is not a righteous one. She takes me to the ATM. The machine isn’t working, so I have to put in my PIN a few times. Now I’m in another room. She asks me if I’ve been with a black woman before. I ask her about bounce music. How the strippers dance to it, if she’d maybe like to do an interview later…

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So you know, lap dances happen, whatever, and I leave the room. No regrets. Bunny was nice. She told me a bit about bounce music, the artists she likes, how they shake on stage after midnight. I’ve learned all I’m going to learn. I’ll call them tomorrow for an interview. I had let loose. I had a lead to film the next day. My mission was done here. I walk straight for the exit. I’m all lap-danced-out. Not more than 20 feet away (umm 6.096 meters), there’s my crew, the client, all sitting on a couch. Isaac is having the time of his life, ‘making it rain’ with thirteen brand new one dollar bills. I was the only one who got a lap dance. The isolation was necessary, I convince myself.  

We continue filming the next day. All is well. I’m all out of cash, clearly. I go to get some.  My bank card is missing. Uh oh. Check my statements online, all my money (I didn’t have much) has been withdrawn at a restaurant. And what’s it next door to? Little Darlings.  

I sit and think about it for a second. First thought: I lost my card. Wait, but how did they have my PIN number? Thoughts of Bunny’s swaying hypnotic hips come back to me. Oh, Bunny… you so sly.

I couldn’t even be mad. What an artist. She stole my debit card AND the PIN number. This isn’t an ordinary crime. This isn’t the work of a novice. This is real, skilled trade stuff. She was with me at the ATM. She hit the cancel button so the machine wouldn’t work. She saw me put in the numbers. I was straight hustled.  

And there’s this particular anecdote’s half-assed moral. New Orleans: Straight hustlin’. Bunny was the embodiment of the New Orleans attitude—‘I’m here to get mine.’ The BOUNCE scene was just like that. A bunch of rappers looking out for themselves—open beefs, drama. It was some East Coast West Coast shit happening right there in the neighborhood. Beautiful. Out of competition comes the best work.

Stay on the grind, young blood.

The documentary experience in New Orleans was completely unique—as I’m sure it is in every city. The beauty of location. There was no drinking in Portland. We shot on fixed lenses with a bigger camera rig. In New Orleans, our camera was stripped down, shooting loose on a zoom lens, roaming around our subjects. I’ve learned that for me, content and location are huge in dictating style. Not all of my stuff looks the same, and I’m okay with that. I’ll keep looking for my own style, allowing the material and the circumstances to push me in the natural direction. 

Portland has its share of wild stories as well… scoped out a few brothels (just the lobby) during down time. Filmed six hours of footage at a drag queen show that never made the cut. Honestly, none of this stuff seems weird until I stop to write about it. Label it as research. Until next time…

Uptown out.

Collage of the Week

Thanks to AG Rojas, aged 17 of Pasadena California, who submitted this tribute to everyone’s favourite rapper.

From now on anyone whose submission to Collage of the Week gets published will receive an exclusive Somesuch & Co t-shirt. You can see some of the designs below.

Hit us up:

tim.nash@somesuchandco.com

We Three Kings of Miami

Daniel Wolfe’s HTC ‘Miami Bass Project’ finally launched this week. It’s been a while coming. We shot it earlier this year.

Watch the 60 here and the extended version here.

George Belfield was on the ground, working on the project. Here are his reflections on the experience. Safe.

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Miami is refreshingly free from the constraints of irony. Back in the Drizzle there is a constant substratum of self-analysis, identities contorted by layers of awareness. Miami is mercifully unhindered by such doubts. It is a city inhabited not by people, but by personae. Everyone has an angle. Everyone has a nomme de rue. Smurf. Turf. Double-O. Whooshy. G-Smoov. Where do these names come from? Trigger seems obvious enough, but Sofa King just liked the double entendre in an ad for a furniture shop. When I asked Cakes why they call her that she simply tapped her ass. Some white people have nicknames too. The location scout was called Spring Break. Don’t ask.

My favourite name of the lot was King Make Movies.

For the first few days I thought they were just referring to our HTC commercial shoot when they said “It’s gon’ be a movie”, but a ‘movie’ in Miami is just a good time. A night so big they should’ve immortalised it in celluloid. The kind of night that’d probably sell out the Peckham Plex if they did. King Make Movies, like most people I spoke to, describes himself as “A promoter, a ennertainer. Sorta like a local celebrity. People know me.” He’s in the moviemaking business, Miami-style.

Having bricked my way through customs I drove straight to the casting in Winwood, where I met King Make Movies and his friend Sofa King. Spot the two guys standing at the back nodding along to Rick Ross’ I’ma Bawss, the soundtrack of Miami. See them swimming in the grey seaweed of smoke from a couple of Black And Milds. Within half an hour of meeting him I’m being shown through King Make Movies’ phone photos. It’s mostly girls in various stages of undress.

“Who’s she? She seems nice.”

“I just tol’ her to suck on them titties.”

I’m now his friend on Facebook. He runs nights at Kaffe Krystal and the G5ive Gentlemen’s Club. He also has his own logo and merch, which he kindly gave to the wardrobe girls and casting director.

What a lad. Shout out to King Make Movies.

His friend Sofa King was the most helpful person we met in Miami. Every city needs a fixer. Anyone looking to set up a ghetto block party in Miami should look no further. He gave us the speakers for the shoot, found most of the cars, and provided the DJs that kept the crowd warm between DJ Switch’s cameo appearances. He also helped casting directors Leanne (British) and Lashawna (American) streetcast every last person in the ad. He has a deep badman voice with a lispy top-note as the esses catch on his golden grill. He is the only man I have ever seen with enough swagger to pull off wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.

When I interviewed him for the behind-the-scenes film he hadn’t slept, having spent the night at legendary nightspot King Of Diamonds. He fans out a few crumpled dollar bills like a hungover magician.

“When I started I had twel’ hunnerd.”

Shout out to Sofa King.

Every time we drove from our base in Fort Lauderdale into Miami proper we passed the neon striped King Of Diamonds strip club, but we never went in. As Sofa is at great pains to explain though, King Of Diamonds is so much more than a titty bar.

“For anyone that haven’t been to King A Diamonds, King A Diamonds is… (long pause)… well how can I explain this, it’s… (another pause)… It’s errything you ever wanted, and more. I mean it’s not like regular strip clubs. I mean, these girls do tricks. Shout out to Remy Red.”

In Miami, I experienced the closest I have ever been to a strip club, when Dan Emmerson and I went to Hooters one night for onion rings and beer. I’m not proud of it, but there it is.

Here’s my Miami Playlist.

There are three songs in Miami. I can honestly say I didn’t hear any other music in public.

Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross – Ima Boss

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris

Tyga – Rack City

Shout out to the Three-O-Five.