27.03.12 by Jeff


Playground.is The Human Statues, Its So Simple
There is a scene in Efterklang’s film “An Island” where the band performs with local people from a small town and although it is obvious that most of them are not musicians they are all playing instruments alongside the band. It is a beautiful scene (I admit I shed a tear the first time I watched it), and I was so inspired by it I began brainstorming ways that I could create a similar experience with bands here in Vancouver. I didn’t take the idea any further than my notepad.

Last week I discovered that some fellow Vancouverites have started doing this very thing! They call it Playground. The premise is simple: One band, one audience, one goal. Create a song together, and then record it in less than an hour.

Watch a video of the most recent Playground event below!


Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Ralf

    Awesome! I bought “An island” DVD , and that project is amazing, like this!

    • yes^ so at least one person knows where im coming from haha

  • That is a great idea!

    In An Island the local people actually are family of the band members. I really love this scene too. Almost as much as the scene with the school children.

    • oh i didnt know it was their family! thanks for that little tidbit

  • Mongey

    reminds me of that sessions the morning benders(currently POPETC) did and gathered several musicians and music lovers from their area to play one of their songs.

    • Kev

      Hey Mongey – funny you should mention TMB / Pop ETC. The video for Excuses is one of a whole bunch of influences / inspirations for Playground. The girl in the middle of the frame grab above was the person who first showed me that video. Awesome band and a great song – would love to work with them to do an event one day.

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