It took Cole Mitchek years of experience making music videos to realize that when songs or artists are good enough, he doesn't necessarily need a bustling film set complete with a large staff and a massive budget to capture their character. Sometimes all it takes is one camera, one microphone, an acoustic instrument or two, and a distinct spot in the city as your backdrop.
“I wanted to strip down all the potentially pretentious and difficult things about making a music video and make the performances more natural,” says
“[Eef] was really excited about being involved, which was elating for me,"
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The locations play a distinct role in Smallsongs, serving as much more than a backdrop. People are seen walking in the background, and you hear the occasional hum or roar of traffic.
"My goal with Smallsongs was to take down the barrier between the listener and the artist by showing musicians performing their songs in everyday places across Colorado,"
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"When you take a band that has a bigger sound and
While one of his goals with Smallsongs is to highlight Colorado's diverse music scene, he also wants to use it as an opportunity to work with some of his favorite artists across the nation.
“The location and the date these videos are shot is so important," Mitchek says. "They really capture a moment in time. It’ll be interesting to look back at these videos in ten years and relive it all a bit."