New Music Video – “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit

Posted By Derek Nance on Aug 7, 2014 | 7 comments


After recording our Firework Cover last year, I have been looking for an excuse to try to record a pop song again.  We learned a lot from our first attempt and I wanted to put that knowledge toward another video.  Thanks to my nerdy friends Brian Seemann and Greg Urban, the opportunity presented itself, and in less than two weeks we arranged, recorded, and edited this cover of the amazing Clean Bandit’s song “Rather Be”.  We hope you enjoy:

How We Did It

Over the past couple years I have been making an effort to meet as many bells ringers online as I can who are 1) completely obsessed with the instrument, 2) insanely talented, and 3) around my age.  It’s how I met my current housemate Brian Seemann, and it’s how I stumbled across Greg Urban.  The unfortunate thing about finding other bell ringers online is that usually they are located in corners of the world not anywhere close to where you live.  So I started a discussion group online with some of these ringers, and a couple weeks ago the idea of doing a cover of “Rather Be” came up.  Not even 48 hours after the idea came up I got a message from Greg asking if I wanted to see his rough sketch of a cover for the song.  What he sent me was the masterpiece we recorded.

Neither Brian or I had met Greg in real life, but that night Greg bought a bus ticket to come visit us in Philadelphia that weekend.

All the recording we did in one very long Sunday.  We recorded 296 sound clips over 12 hours.  Between the bells Brian owns and bells we borrowed, we ended up with 3.5 octaves of handbells, 2 octaves of Silver Melody Bells, 3 octaves of handchimes, 2 octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells, and a bag full of Boomwackers.  Besides the thumb damped chimes at the beginning, which if you listen to the original below you’ll know why, most of the interesting combinations of instruments we created on the fly.  All of the video was taken by my camera we left running the whole time, so the video you see is actually us playing what you hear (with the exception of one clip I misplaced.  I’ll let you figure out which one).

One week of editing later, and here we are. A new music video from start to finish in under 2 weeks.

If you haven’t heard the original song, you should definately check it out.  After this project Clean Bandit is now one of my favorite bands.

What song should we do a cover of next?