Hot Chip Vs Peter Serafinowicz

As comedian directs ‘Night And Day’ video

Felix Martin is one-fifth of Britain’s favourite electronic funsters, Hot Chip, who return this month with new album ‘In Our Heads’.

Peter Serafinowicz is a comedian, writer and star of his own sketch show. Peter has also just directed his second Hot Chip video.

The day after filming was wrapped on the set of the video for Hot Chip’s new single ‘Night And Day’, Felix and Peter caught up on the phone, for a chance of a conversation that wouldn’t have fit into the shooting schedule. As fans of Peter’s past work – especially Look Around You, his series of ’70s school science mini-spoofs, for which he also scored – the band were eager to hook up with him. Following the success of his visuals for their ‘One Life Stand’ song in 2010, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…

Felix: I can’t wait to see our video. How did making it compare to normal stuff you might do, like for your show? When I watch your stuff I can’t actually figure out how many people are involved, because obviously there’s quite a lot of make-up and quite a lot of setting things up from that point of view; I can’t really tell how many other people are in the room, whether it’s quite a personal thing or…

Peter: It depends really, I mean when I was doing my sketch show there was probably like a similar amount of people on the crew as there would be on a music video shoot. With a music video shoot you’re trying to get as much as you can by the stroke of midnight, because it’s long days on a video shoot – you start at 7:30am, and we wrapped up just before 11:00pm last night. I don’t know, I really love it as a medium because it’s kind of like doing a short film that people will watch. If someone says to you, ‘Will you watch my short film?’, that’s a fairly scary sentence.

Felix: It’s quite off-putting.

Peter: I always think you can tell if you’re watching a short film because it feels like a long film. That’s my experience. With a music video you’ve got to pack as many ideas in as possible and make it as sort of…especially when it’s competing with the entirety of YouTube and everything that’s happened that day, that hour, that minute.

Felix: That’s the reason we wanted to work with you in the first place, because you clearly have an eye for things that people want to watch and share with other people, that kind of inventiveness that’s hard to put your finger on; some things you feel you just want to share with other people straight away. There should be a name for that quality. I suppose it’s…virality?

Peter: Virality, yeah, yeah. That’s pretty good! There was something I meant to ask you yesterday, but I didn’t really have time to chat; I wanted to see what music you’ve been listening to and if you could recommend any stuff to me?

Felix: Well, I find it quite hard to answer, because we all DJ quite a lot and there’s that side to our music listening, which is much more…it’s a different way of listening to music and it’s much more…you see music more as a tool, especially with dance music and house records, techno records, stuff like that. There’s always lots of those tunes floating round that I’m really into, and at the same time I’ll be listening over and over to the new Leonard Cohen album or something that’s like a home-listening type of thing. At the moment I’m listening to a guy called Nuel – he made this album called ‘Trance Mutations’, it’s quite sort unusual palates of sounds and instruments, and very repetitive trance-like – not as in trance the genre of music, but as in it puts you in that state of mind.

Peter: Your description reminds me a bit of Moondog.

Felix: Yeah, possibly, it’s very repetitious and you need to be in the right frame of mind for it, but I’ve been hammering that one quite a lot.

Peter: Have you heard of Gesaffelstein?

Felix: Yes I have; quite lively techno producer, right?

Peter: Yeah, I don’t know if he’s lively, I would say he’s kind of stripped-down, pretty minimal. I think he’s amazing; he did a remix of Lana Del Rey, can’t remember what song it was. I don’t even know how he turned up on my radar, but then I Spotified him and got through about twelve tracks that he’s done in all.

Felix: I’ve definitely played a few of his tracks out in clubs before, they get people going. It’s funny, I was just walking down the street with Alexis to get some lunch, and he was talking about how excited he is for the video, and he was just saying, ‘Can we get Peter to make all our videos?’ There are loads of different things we could do. I mean, another music video would be brilliant, and we could collaborate in a different way, or we could contribute something to something you’re working on, rather than the other way round.

Peter: Yeah, I’d love to. Maybe I can do a track and you guys can make a video for it?

Felix: Yeah, I really loved the music you made for Look Around You, I’ve never really heard any of your other music.

Peter: Aww thanks, man! It’s purely a hobby really. An expensive hobby, but it’s great fun.

Felix: Send me some the stuff you’ve done, because I don’t really have access to that apart from if I watch Look Around You.

Peter: We’ve been thinking for years about releasing that music from Look Around You. Ideally it would be great to get one of you guys to do a remix of one of the tracks, get Boards Of Canada to do one. Who else can I think of? I love Orbital’s new album, I’d love them to have a go. Don’t know if you’ve heard that?

Felix: I haven’t heard it, but we know one of the guys that works with them really closely, so we have a good contact for you if you wanted to try that.

Peter: Yes! Look, I’m really glad we had this conversation and that it was recorded for security and training purposes, but I’ll speak to you soon and I’ll let you know how the video’s going.

Watch the completed ‘Night And Day’ video below:

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