Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Behind The Scenes: Cleo Sol ft Gappy Ranks 'High'

A few weeks ago I popped down to the shooting of Cleo Sol's video shoot for her first single 'High'. In case you havent already seen it heres the Behind The Scenes article I wrote and photos by Ajay Nair via the Live Magazine website.

Adding some colour to the sunny streets of Ladbroke Grove. Portobello Road was the setting for collaboration queen turned solo songstress Cleo Sol’s video shoot for her first single ‘High’. The curly haired beauty looked relaxed and cheerful on the colourful shoot as she switched from scene to scene going from the streets of Portbello, to bar Mau Mau and more locations around this lively area wearing bright dresses, statement shorts, crop tops and to die for heels.

The setting was perfect for the summer inspired track which is sure to set carnival session on fire. It makes a statement with its jazz and motown influences coupled with Cleo’s soulful vocals. The soon to be released video saw Cleo Sol’s supporters all head down to the shoot as she felt ‘really really good, Im really excited, I’ve got lots of friends and family coming down and the team helping out with everything’.

On the concept of the track and video Cleo describes it as ‘it basically like a summer tune, really light-hearted, its about liking a guy and he doesn’t know so that’s what the video’s about, its a lot of me speaking about it to the camera….its lighthearted fun’. As well as this being the West London singer first solo video shoot, she also has the up and coming album release to look forward to which she said shes in the process of ‘finishing it off, it can be done but I want it perfect so I don’t feel like I’m there yet but very very soon I will be’.
The previous photos were taken by Ajay Nair, the ones below are the ones I took.

Also at the shoot, Jamaican star Gappy Ranks came down to drop his remix for the track. The musician definitely bought a dancehall flavour to the song and also kept many people entertained with his, shall we say, energetic personality.

Here's the video in full and definitely keep your eyes on Cleo gigging around summer with this smash.

Words: Leanne Joseph
Photographer: Ajay Nair

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