Since the release of their debut-album "Riots in the Jungle" in 2012, the pantropical-bass formation SKIP&DIE has become one of the most internationally touring bands: from Amsterdam to China, Reunion Island to Argentina, from South Africa to Colombia and Egypte (to name a few), where airports, tourvans, and stages have become their ephemeral homes along the way.
During these journeys, a massive video archive of documented footage was collected over the years, since SKIP&DIE’s inception - shot mainly by Cata.Pirata and her brother Alexander Dahms - of onstage and behind the scenes musical adventures.
What was striking in the footage was the revealing of the band’s sources of inspiration, how passionate they are about their music, how important it is for them to connect to their audiences, and how they create their music in collaboration with other artists around the world - from dusty township home-studios to Red Bull studios, globally.
With this magical mountain of footage, Cata.Pirata, front woman and visual artist (also director of the SKIP&DIE music videos) joined forces with her filmaker parents, and took on the challenge of digging through the hundreds of hours of material, with the ambition of creating a documentary-style web-series. The result, a three part artistic video-collage "Roots & Routes", is very much about the experiences of being on the road but ultimately about the joy, the ups & downs, and profound change that is brought about by connecting with the people, the music, and the world
Roots & Routes is refreshing and playful on the one hand, and also reflective and quite profound on the other. It reveals in a very authentic and spontaneous documentary-style who SKIP&DIE is, what they stand for and the passion they put into their work and lives.
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