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5 Things You Didn’t Know About… SOKOL

Tuesday 06 December 2016

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SOKOL is a singer-songwriter and composer who has just released a stunning video for his latest single ‘Contact.’ Shot in Mongolia and directed by Garrick J. Lauterbach, the video shows off the beautiful Altai Mountains beautiful and follows the traditional eagle hunters from the area. Soaring, cinematic, spiritual, and certainly something special, the video perfectly matches the atmospheric song and its universal message of “disconnect to reconnect.” ‘Contact’ is the first track from the debut album of the same name, which will be released in 2017, and was recorded with producer Tom Fuller in Tileyard Studios, London.

SOKOL has spent three years working on both the album, and developing the visual world around his music, which he is keen to combine with film and social messages. He will continue to unveil more music videos as part of a series of short conceptual films called ‘Contact Notes.’ He produces his music videos himself, shooting them across the world and always exploring a new location, with New York being next, followed by Prague. Intrigued by SOKOL’s unique approach and ideas, we asked him to reveal five things you won’t have heard about him.

1. “Sokol” means “falcon” in Czech. The name was chosen by the artist due to his Czech roots.

2. SOKOL raised £10k with a unique and successful offline crowdfunding campaign by approaching over 300 people in the streets in order to finance the trip to film the video for ‘Contact’ in Mongolia. He also did this to promote his message ‘disconnect to reconnect.’

3. SOKOL carried a drone in his hand luggage to make sure it was safe during the four days of travelling to the Altai Mountains in Mongolia. It arrived safely, but during the first filming test, the drone broke. That was the end of that story.

4. While filming in Mongolia, eagle hunters killed a sheep in front of the film crew, their traditional gesture for welcoming guests. Unfortunately, 3 out of the 4 film crew members got sick. The camera assistant was so unwell they almost had to fly her to hospital, but the oldest eagle hunter offered to lay his hands on her, claiming he had shamanic healing power. He did and eventually they could continue filming. No joke.

5. The production of the video shoot was full of breakdowns. First the car broke down, then the generator, the drone, and the camera assistant. Luckily the eagle was always okay when they needed him for filming.

Watch the video for ‘Contact’ below: