Friday, 5 March, 2021 in Culture, Music

Collaborations | DopeSickFly + Into Creative

This track, produced for the Inter-Creative Collaborations Project, comes courtesy of the enormously talented musicians, Ant Thomaz, Joe Djaelani and Gordy Duncan Jnr (DopeSickFly), and filmmaker Stephen Cameron (Into Creative). The song chosen is Once In A Lifetime which was originally written and performed by Talking Heads.

We hope you enjoy this meeting of creative minds and support the Tiny Changes charity fundraiser detailed at the bottom of this article.

Once In A Lifetime
Music: DopeSickFly. Film: Stephen Cameron

Some thoughts on the song choice from Ant:

“My teenage best friend Frazer Henry and I were the odd balls. We always had a problem communicating with others, so sharing music was our way of expressing ourselves. We placed a bet one day that one of us could find a better album than the other.  So, that day we headed to the record shop, picked albums for each other, went home and listened. Then we met up and talked about them discussing why and what made the best album, this debate and competitive passion was a revelation.

We were hungry to hear voices and genres outside the norm of Jazz, Zydeco and Rap. Unbeknown to us we opened up that worm hole that connected us to our conscious mind, helping us understand and allowed us a new way of expressing ourselves in life.

Fraser had handed me Talking Heads that first day… Wow, this opened that door and he knew it would. After that our friendship was Gold, we became roommates and continued our love of sharing music. Talking Heads, taught me expression without genre and never to have limitations. Going on to watch the video of Once In A Lifetime is what inspired me to take all my writing and go on to perform. 

I lost Frazer in 2017 due to mental health issues and it was only fitting that I honour him in this Talking Heads track, as it was for us.

The Tiny Changes charity, equally, befits our journey. ‘Tiny changes’ is what Frazer instilled in me.

Thankfully I have met amazing friends in music who continue to help my journey and have collaborated with me on this track. Firstly, on guitar and vocals my bandmate in Dopesickfly and brother in music, Joe Djaelani.  Also joining the mix on bass and percussion, the ever-so-talented Gordy Duncan Jnr. They have both been such beacons of strength, especially as they communicate in the language of music which I love.

Each part of the recording was done remotely.  Mixed and mastered by Joe Djaelani at Dreamerz Never Sleep.”

Stephen gives his thoughts on his vision for Ant’s song choice:

“I have a confession to make. As soon as Ant told me he was covering a Talking Heads song, I immediately wanted to offer myself as the filmmaker and for my own good reasons.

As a fifteen year old I had seen Talking Heads’ first UK TV appearance and couldn’t wait to get to school the next morning to talk with my pals about this amazing band, only to find that nobody else had seen them. From that point on, I took ‘ownership’ of the band. The creative powerhouse that is David Byrne has never, in my opinion, dropped below a matchless level. And I include artists like David Bowie in that comparison.

The track that Anthony has chosen, Once In A Lifetime, in particular, is inseparable in my head from the visuals in the original accompanying video with a sweating and writhing Byrne adopting seemingly unnatural shapes and movements. As a result, it was important to me that the film for this new cover version focused almost entirely on the ‘singing heads’. The strength of the song is that it can carry strong visuals (even with Ant and Joe’s re-imagined version) no matter how fitful or engaging. I hoped not to just slavishly imitate the original Byrne video whilst, at the same time, acknowledging and respecting the memorable elements of the original.”


Other Inter-Creative Collaborations:

Collaborations | Hodgens + McPhee

Collaborations | Port Sulphur + Ross Sinclair

Collaborations | Deerin + Hodgens

Collaborations | Carla J Easton + Kris Boyle



As all the creatives involved have given of their time and incredible talent freely, we decided it would be appropriate to release the songs (for FREE download) on our Bandcamp page but ask anyone who downloads the tracks to please consider a donation to the Tiny Changes charity which was set up by the family of Scott Hutchison who was a founding member of Frightened Rabbit. Scott took his own life after years of battling with mental health issues. The family felt compelled to set up Tiny Changes as a mechanism to support projects which positively impact on young people’s mental health.

Here is the link to Into Creative’s Just Giving page which is raising funds for the charity…

 Please also visit the Bandcamp page where you will find the FREE download links to the songs…

Here is the link to Tiny Changes’ page…

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