Jimmy Brown - 25th Mar 2014

For The Kooks' snappy and staccato single Down, Davis Silis translates the high engergy of the soundtrack with an equally snappy, fast-edited montage of contrasting visuals.

It's a big directorial breakthrough for Davis - a regular contributor to Promo News, of course – and he's done a splendid job here. He adds to the momentum varying the flow with up-close, long and upside-down shots, while Alexander Green's nifty choreography coaxes the band to bust some moves... 

Watch 'The Kooks 'Down' by Davis Silis' here

DAVIS SILIS: "When I first heard ‘Down’, it was like a punch to the gut; there’s a velocity and energy to the music that’s just so fresh and vivid. What I wanted to do was capture the essence of that first listen — the bold new sound and powerful drive The Kooks have crafted — and create a visual language that would have that same energy.

"The concept was based on looking at the song and The Kooks themselves almost metaphysically, where ideas of love and temptation could visually sit next to the textures of tone and rhythm. Above all, I wanted to shoot a video that takes viewers into the more visceral space of the music, where left can be right, up can be down and logic can be colour instead.

"Working with the band was really great too; they were all so open to creating something totally new and Luke brought so much energy to the screen. I mean, I do feel kinda bad that Pete had to get smacked so many times. But, you know... music videos."


DirectorDavis Silis
Production CompanyBullion Productions
ProducerHannah Gracie
Production ManagerDoug Cox
1st ADJames Dyer
1st ADGeorge Nelson
Director of PhotographyLuis Posada
Focus PullerMihalis Margaritis
2nd ACZack Bentley
Art DirectorChloe Wood
Art DepartmentRosie Pearce
Art Department AssistantMaz Kennedy
StylistColine Bach
ChoreographerAlexander Green
EditorRyan Beck
Editing companyFinal Cut
ColouristJulien Biard
Grading companyFinish
Director's RepresentationChloe Page at Lock It In
LabelVirgin EMI
CommissionerJames Hackett

Jimmy Brown - 25th Mar 2014

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