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ADVENTURES WITH BRIAN CHATTON PT. 2
Originally Posted: 05-03-2013 7:36 PM
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When we ended part one last week, British recording artist Brian Chatton and I had just arrived at the South Bend, IN photo shoot an hour and fifteen minutes late because Brian was hopeless when it came to directions. The photographer was talked into coming back and Brian's girlfriend Michelle was doing Brian's makeup as fast as she could to help the embarrassing situation out.

The plan was to have Brian, Terry, & I in the same shot. We learned that the rep from the Michiana Executive Journal wanted to have a sort of reenactment of the recording process in their office. They had a small mixing board of some sort and the thought was to have us hover over it. Because of course, that's what people think the creative process is.

Brian looked the coolest of us three, there was no doubt, for reason listed in part one last week. Plus he had a girlfriend doubling as a makeup person. That definitely put us on shaky ground comparatively. And he had purple clothes. Terry had a black t-shirt with a white Miami Vice type jacket on top. I had no clue what I should wear really. I wore something silk. Seemed safe at the time. Never mind that there was a pattern on the shirt as large as my optimism.

I pulled Terry aside and asked him in hushed tone, “Terry… is Brian's makeup a little heavy?” Terry looked discreetly over my shoulder and said he wasn't sure. I had had some experience with makeup in photo shoots and learned that if color contrasts were more pronounced off camera than they should be, they would likely be just as pronounced on camera as well. I was sure Brian was looking a bit more femme than he was intending.

Meanwhile Terry was looking a little too “back-office” in his regular glasses. I asked him if he had any shades with him and he did, through they weren't quite completing his look as much as we'd hoped. But he had rolled up his Miami Vice jacket sleeves.

The photographer was now ready to roll, lights were being adjusted a bit and Brian's makeup job was complete. He looked like he had on too much makeup for sure, but he had tan skin which I knew nothing about. I convinced myself that that was what he had happening. Savage LA tans required special treatment.

As we prepared to shoot, I glimpsed again at my hair, which was long below the shoulder and now I fully realize needed styling. But I was a rock musician and those guys never even shower, right? I had showered, so I thought I was good. In the long category, my hair was definitely in the lead, but in hindsight that's about as far as that goes. I now see I needed a stylist like a desert needed rain.

As you refer to the photo from our session, try to imagine the dialogue that went something like this:

Photographer: “OK, Dave--since you're recording Brian, let's have you touching the faders of this console listening through headphones. (Note: group listenbacks pretty much *never* happen in headphones). Now Brian--let's have you listening intensely through headphones too, as if you were really keying into something you've just recorded. And Terry--we don't have anymore headphones, but you can just hover, ambiguously approving or disapproving of the mix you can't hear? Think of that look as 'nonlistening intensely', let's all just make sure it's all very intense, guys.”

Brian: “Does anyone mind if I just press my headphones up against my head rather than wear them, Michelle has spent a lot of time on my hair.”

Dave: (thinking to himself) "Oh for $&^%#'s sake Brian, my hair looks fine with the phones on (*GASP*!), can't we have at least ONE element of authenticity in this photo?"

Terry: (thinking to himself) “Well, if I can't hear the mix, at least these sunglasses look amazing.”

And… the shutter clicked.

Luckily in the resulting group shot, Brian doesn't look too made up due to the focus being shared between us and the fact that the photo was published as less than a ¼ page size. However, the magazine's cover, featuring Brian solo, didn't hide his heavily made-up look.

Certain lessons learned that fateful and memorable day still remain true. I never book a photo shoot for an artist without a stylist and a hair & makeup person in addition to a great photographer. But perhaps the most important lesson I carried forward with me? Bolton's pride, British recording artist and lifelong friend Brian Chatton has never again been allowed to be navigator. I even hear he's even been banned from using lawnmowers in multiple states.

But that's another story entirely.

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