TOM BIRD. Kinda like TOM FORD. His work may not smell as good. Looks good though. And he smells nice. More info here ︎︎︎
TOM BIRD. Kinda like TOM FORD. His work may not smell as good. Looks good though. And he smells nice. More info here ︎︎︎
Channel 4
I Was There When...
2017
Commercial work

A series about how key historical moments can change music culture forever. Ep 1 uncovers how the demolition of disco gave birth to house.

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I Was There When... is a docu-series format spearheaded by head of Pi Studios, Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcock. Unfortunately, the full series was never commissioned, but the pilot episode was a dream project to be a part of.

Ep.1, I Was There When... House Was Born, explores how a baseball half-time show in Chicago now known as ‘Disco Demolition’ – in which thousands of disco records were blown-up with dynamite – morphed into a racial provocation that forced a predominantly black disco scene into the shadows. During this underground period, the sound would stew and mutate, eventually re-emerging under a new banner that would soon take the world by storm: house music.

My role in the project was as a researcher and writer, helping develop and string together the narrative arc by sourcing info and recommending interview subjects.

We hosted a screening at FC Hyena in Amsterdam, where house legend Jesse Saunders came all the way from Chi-town for the party ... and boy can he still party.

Click here to watch Episode 1 on All4.


Creative Studio  ︎︎︎  Pi Studios
Series Creator  ︎︎︎  Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcock
Executive Producer  ︎︎︎  Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcock
Design Direction ︎︎︎  Nessim Higson, Jack Samels
Researcher / Scriptwriter  ︎︎︎  Tom Bird
Comissioning  ︎︎︎  Channel4
Production Company  ︎︎︎  All Day Every Day
Producer  ︎︎︎  Lucy Sumner
Director  ︎︎︎  Jake Sumner

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