The D.O.T. Influences Mixtape

Listen to a mighty influences mixtape by The D.O.T. (courtesy of Red Bull Studios) to celebrate the launch of their debut album ‘And That’ due 22nd October.

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First Watch: The D.O.T. ‘You Never Asked’

This is exciting to me- Mike Skinner (ex The Streets) has a new project called The D.O.T. and this is their new video featuring Danny Brown and Clare Maguire. Good.

First Watch: Ghostpoet feat The D.O.T ‘Trouble’

On Wednesday 30th November Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. took to the stage at Village Underground for the third RizLab project to take-part in the world’s first live interactive music video shoot for the collaborative track ‘Trouble’.

After Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. asked fans to send in trouble making suggestions, the online audience voted for various multiple choice options in real time. The artists were faced with a Yeti in a snowstorm, bad disco dancers, a cheerleading quartet, a choreographed boy band and a homage to the Stonehenge scene from Spinal Tap. Watch it and read more here!

Ghostpoet + The D.O.T. = Rizlab

I’ve just come back from this Rizlab event I’ve been writing about, where they got Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. (formerly known as Mike Skinner from The Streets) to create a song called ‘Trouble’, then shoot the video in real time by giving fans online a choice of what kinds of trouble the three of them should go through while filming.

It ended up with some cheerleaders, a bad disco scene and a boyband miming to the words. Yet somehow the whole thing didn’t feel camp…

I had the chance to check it out while it was being filmed in Shoreditch and it was so good. I mean, the whole thing didn’t last more than four minutes but the DJ sets inbetween were immense. These Rizlab kids know how to throw a midweek party.

Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. – Damu remix and final preparations

We’re less than a week away now from the live-streamed, one-take video shoot for Ghostpoet & The D.O.T.’s collaborative track for RizLab, ‘Trouble’. Fans have been voting for ways to make trouble for the artists during the performance, and on the night online viewers will be able to vote and effect what happens on stage in real time. The footage will then be used to create the music video for the single.

Meanwhile, the incredible Damu – who recently released a debut album ‘Unity’ on Keysound – has put his stamp on ‘Trouble’ with a euphoric reworking.  The track can be streamed here.

Win tickets to see Ghostpoet and Mike Skinner this Wednesday

Having announced its third project of 2011 last week, today RizLab sheds more light on the details of Project 3, put together by Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. Now that the recording of their collaboration ‘Trouble’ is complete they have set about creating a truly groundbreaking music video concept. The result is an interactive live-streamed music video.

Performed and shot in one take in front of a small audience, the ‘Trouble’ video shoot will be broadcast live online . Over the course of the track, ‘A or B’ options will be presented to the online audience and the favorite option will happen live in real-time to cause trouble for the artist during their one take performance.

Whether it’s an army of cheerleaders invading the stage or a water cannon fired at the artists they will have to deal with whatever is thrown at them.

With the chaos over, the resulting footage will be used to create a truly unique music video soon after. Learn more about the project or apply for tickets here.

Ghostpoet and Mike Skinner collaborate for RizLab

RizLab today announced its third project of 2011 with Ghostpoet and The D.O.T., the new band formed by Rob Harvey and Mike Skinner.

This is very exciting- as you may know, I might just be one of The Streets/ Mike Skinner’s biggest fans, and this sounds awesome.

Over the course of the last year, Ghostpoet has quietly and quickly become recognised as one of the most exciting new artists in the UK. His laconic flow, razor-sharp lyrical observations and a raw yet melodic approach to beat-making led to a Mercury nomination for his debut album (‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’) on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and an army of fans, including Mike Skinner.

Mike Skinner’s admiration for Ghostpoet’s work had brought them into the studio together to work on some demos. Following RizLab’s approach, Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. went back into the studio and created the track ‘Trouble’ – a synth-heavy, up-tempo beat from Mike that features Ghostpoet’s trademark lethargic rhymes and Rob Harvey’s distinctive vocals on the chorus.

With the track complete, the next step is the video. Ghostpoet has already created spectacular videos for ‘Liiines’ and ‘Survive It’, while Mike Skinner has long been known for his self-directed videos. Given both their history, RizLab is expecting something truly off the wall.

Click here to watch the first in a series of trailers from Ghostpoet and The D.O.T.; the first being an 80s-style science film shot in Mike’s studio. Learn about the track, the collaboration and the project, and stay tuned for further details over the next few weeks.