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Sealth stretches its wings artistically with film festival gig
Dace Anderson wanted to stretch his wings creatively when he formed Sealth with students from his music school, Dace's Rock 'N' More in Maple Valley.
Anderson has found a way to further push the artistic envelope with Sealth's upcoming multi-media extravaganza gig June 6 at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival.
Sealth formed out of a desire for Anderson, who sings and plays guitar in the group, to get away from the cover gigs and blues bar shows he was playing before.
"I figured if I was gong to put together an act, I wanted to make sure I was having fun with it," Anderson said. "So, I wanted to make sure I was playing my own songs. I wanted to do something new, something that made me feel uncomfortable and hopefully that would spur some creativity on my part."
Lately, though, they'd slipped into playing cover shows again.
Until this opportunity to play at the film festival came up.
"We're trying to get our brand out," Anderson said. "Any band that's out there ... they've got their own unique style, regardless of what style of music they play. With this film festival gig, that will give us an opportunity to show that (brand) to people on a fairly large scale."
Anderson added that people buy personalities of musicians and bands as much as they buy the music and this will allow them to get people to buy the image of Sealth.
"That's what we've been working on," he said, "blowing up our personalities."
There is also an opportunity to network, Anderson said, with film industry insiders that could allow Sealth to further spread its music and brand.
"That's a great way to get your music out there, be in TV, movies, that kind of thing," he said. "Music itself is really more powerful if there's an image to go with it."
And that's how Sealth is pushing the envelope with the film festival – by creating images to with the original music.
The members of the band have created a movie that will play on a screen behind Sealth while it plays the gig which should last about an hour.
"There's going to be a pretty big, long story that goes with it," Anderson said. "It's going to be a multi-media experience."
In addition to the film, which will feature the band as superheroes telling a story that Anderson said will serve as a metaphor for life and the journey of going from a child to an adult, there will be laser effects among other things involved in the gig.
Arielle Young, who along with playing in Sealth works at the music school, said it's been a time consuming venture preparing for the film festival gig.
"Pretty much any of our free time that we've had since we got the gig," she said. "This is fun. This is cool."
Anderson added that he estimates they've put in well over 100 hours into the multi-media aspect of the gig.
"I think it will end up being a pretty good outline," he said. "Hopefully we can hook up with one of these film makers and make a full feature length movie out of this. Hopefully it's something we can do more than once."