Sofa song celebrates NZ Music Month

As NZ Music Month draws to a close, a project involving Inc, Mount Aspiring College (MAC) and a sofa has resulted in a music video which has been viewed more than 9000 times.

Rebecca Rowe, of Inc, instigated the first local sofa song outing - where a flash mob performance is triggered when somebody sits on a designated sofa - in 2017.

This year, she collaborated with MAC head of music, Mat Doyle, who was responsible for rehearsing and recording the singers, to record the 2001 hit “If I Gave U The Mic,” which was written by Sarah Tamaira, Paul Bimler and Karoline Tamati.

The performers, who were MAC students and members of the Upper Clutha community, were filmed over two windy days in Wanaka.

"In keeping with the flash mob ethos, everyone had to pretend they were just hanging around doing nothing,” Students in the Community coordinator, and viola player, Liz Breslin said.

“Some of the teenagers are pretty well practiced at that, but it’s a trickier thing if you’re concealing a guitar... or a double bass.”

Joe Murdie of the Film Crew filmed the flash mob performances which were held in several locations around town including the Dinosaur Park, Farmers Market, skate park, Bridgeman Green and at That Wanaka Tree.  

“It’s a fun challenge as a film-maker to try and capture all the parts and the emotions of the guest without ruining the surprise too early by sticking a camera in their face,” Joe said. 

“It’s awesome to be able to be a part of a community project like this and to live in a place where the community still comes together to do these sorts of things in the first place.”

The performance got a tick of approval from song-writer Sarah Tamaira who commented that she loved it.

“It’s beautiful to see our song is still breathing life and inspiring others,” she wrote on social media.

“That rapping was on point. Some of those verses are double timed so that was a mammoth effort. Love the live instruments.”

You can see the song on the Mount Aspiring College Facebook page 

Sarah Tamaira 
Paul Bimler
Karoline Tamati (Ladi 6) – (published by GAGA MUSIC PTY LTD) 
Release date: 2001
Produced by Rebecca Rowe and Inc
DP / Edit - Joe Murdie / The Film Crew Ltd
PR & Couch Management - Liz Breslin
Musical Director - Mat Doyle
2nd Camera - Emily Menzies 
Music Editing - Danny Fairley / Mirrors Audio

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