Kool Kasai Solo (Music Video)

This is the new video I made of Berlin’s subway rapper Kool Kasai, this time doing a solo performance at Berlin’s subway station. We filmed this video on an iPhone. 

See also the first video of Kool Kasai jamming with some friends….

Kool Kasai and Friends

Chris, who goes under the handle Kool Kasai, usually does freestyle rapping in Berlin’s subway trains. Sometimes he teams up with friends in order to jam. He had asked me to film him perform with Eleonora from Venezuela, who sings and plays the Quarto, and Oliver a.k.a QuasiMono, on drum. Here is the video:

I have seen Chris performing in the subway for something like 7 of 8 years, I think. He’s been hanging out close to where I live, and we got talking a few weeks ago, and been having a beer or two together every so often around one of the subway stations. He is one of the most interesting people you can meet around Berlin, talented and smart and with a life experience that belies his relative youth. He’s hoping to move on from subway rapping to more substantial gigs, hence this tryout with Eleonora and Oliver. His goal is to get a spot on a concert series that takes place in Berlin’s Hermannplatz every Thursday during the summer.

Oliver can usually be seen around Berlin playing the didgeridoo. He has produced and published a few tracks that mix the didgeridoo with electronics to great effect. Here they are on Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/quasimonoton .

I used the Fujifilm X-T10 to film the video; this is the first time I used the camera to shoot video and it shows in a couple of places….

Station to Station – video

Station to Station – By Train Through Odisha on Vimeo.

I shot this video on the iPhone while taking a train ride from Puri, in the Indian state of Odisha, to Kolkata in West Bengal. I left Puri a day before the cyclone Hudhud struck the area, on one of the last trains out of there.
In Kolkata, I edited the movie in iMovie on the iPhone, often while stuck in a car in traffic. As soundtrack I used the track ‘Longing’ by the Indian band Indian Ocean.