My good friend Dave helped with recording, and we did three setups per "take". One medium static shot, which Dave worked camera on, and then we had a camera up over Michael aimed downwards to capture him playing on two keyboards at the same time. I drifted around shooting handheld with gave me the chance to focus on close-up things; his fingers, his face, his feet, etc. Michael too the footage back to NYC and his friend Marie Le Claire edited the video.
One really fantastic thing to watch was him working with what I started calling his "Porch Box". It is a foot rhythm box he created to give the sound of playing live on someones front porch. Michael is a southern boy, so this "home-style" element fits him perfectly, and adds a very personal feel to his work. His other foot stomps on a cigar box that acts as a deep bass drum sound. It's very impressive; watching both is legs work to different rhythm elements while his hands operate two keyboards. Again, it's intense. I'm in constant admiration of musicians.
So, check out the video above. Dig it. Head over to his website, and if you are in NYC or close by, hit up one of his shows. Tell him I sent you.
He's an incredible, passionate, caring human being and damn incredible musician. And he's become a friend who I trust completely.