Conversation #1 with Pat Telfer / In Person / 4: 25mins
Rainy and wet evening in Sydney. Conversation occurred outside TONE nightclub during a ciggie break at DOME HOME 2 featuring Bitch Prefect and Hit the Jackpot
Emma Ramsay: So you have that channel of videos where you have all those clips you have made for Bitch Prefect and other bands…they all have this quality of home movies with a fake celebrity/expose feel…combined with tourist footage. Collectively they paint this really great impression of how you operate within the bands that you are in…
Pat Telfer: It’s more about the friends than the bands really. I had friends taking photos…like Luke Byrne was a big influence. He’d take photos of us always partying. He always said how great our house was to take photos in. So I started thinking that was a good way to do that (taking videos of people and the house). I can’t be bothered with photography because it takes too long.
ER: Who’s Luke Byrne?
PT: He’s just a photographer friend. He lives in Sydney now. But he used to live in Adelaide. He takes really great photos…so you know, he sold me the computer that I do it all on…and showed me how to do it…use the programs and stuff.
ER: So it came from and idea of wanting to document what was happening at the time…
PT: Well yeah…he’d be snapping away…taking photos when we would go out. I guess I started doing that too. Taking videos with my phone. It was really instant. We would write a song one night…and we’d record the clip in the same night…just in the house. And it would be on the internet by the end of the same night. I really like that really instant…you know…lets just do it! You just put it together…
ER: Maybe that’s what I like so much about the quality of the videos…
PT: That they’re NOT high quality…
ER: Ha ha yeah…no…there IS a nice instant-ness to them. There is a considered way of editing going on, like you are curating the footage. You haven’t just loaded non-stop live footage up there…
PT: I’d collect footage for a couple of weeks. Sometimes we’d do it with the song or a clip in mind. But usually I’d just get footage over a couple weeks, from different stuff that I just decided to shoot, save it up and put it together quite randomly I guess.
ER: Where does most of the tourist footage come from?
PT: Oh…I went to Rottnest Island with my girlfriend and took a lot of footage there. Around Adelaide. My favourite footage is in the Orange Tree video? We went to the Botanical Gardens. We just went up there and I was just filmin‘em. (Peak Twins).
ER: I think it’s my favourite too.
PT: I think it works the best for some reason I dunno.
ER: It sits with the song so well.
ER: You haven’t been making many videos recently?
PT: My phones broken! I dropped it. And then I sweated on it in Newcastle and now the light doesn’t even work. And plus I can’t use my You Tube (channel) anymore cause you have to have Google membership or something…
ER: They’ve changed that since you started making the videos…
PT: Yeah so I can’t log in to my thing anymore…but I’ll figure it out.
ER: Once your phone is fixed will you make more vids or…?
PT: Yeah BIG TIME. I really like doin’em. It’s a good thing to do for an afternoon. It’s better than sitting watching videos all day that other people have made.
ER: Thanks for chattn to me about your videos. That was some relaxed conversation.
PT: That’s alright a pleasure.
Pat Telfer’s You Tube channel can be found here. Pat Telfer is a member of Bitch Prefect and Dud Pills.