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or What is 1Giant Leap?
1 Giant Leap is a title, a philosophy, a leap of faith that sprung from the minds of creative visionaries Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman,
was supported by music industry legend Chris Blackwell. It is a melding of 21st
Century technology and age-old
of careful planning and spontaneity; of East and West; rich and poor; the
embodiment of the unity in human diversity.
1 Giant Leap is a collaborative DVD/CD/Cinema project for the 21st Century,
fusing music, words, sounds, rhythms and images from around the globe
celebrate the creative diversity of musicians, storytellers, authors,
filmmakers, artists and thinkers from many different cultures.
did Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman meet?
They first met at a mutual friend’s flat in Brighton and found that they shared a deep love for two universally influential albums:
David Byrne and Brian Eno’s “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” and Peter Gabriel’s “The Passion”, music for Scorcese’s film ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’.
They talked music, technology, travel, the universe
and everything and about their mutual dream of travelling the world,
recording and filming as many of their heroes from Music, Art, Science, Literature and Philosophy
as they could find, seeking out the unity in the diversity.
Palm Pictures’ boss Chris Blackwell shared their vision and offered them a
is Jamie Catto?
film director, editor, photographer, creative catalyst
founding member and art director of the hugely successful band Faithless, Catto
no fewer than five Top Ten singles (“Salva Mea”, “Insomnia”,
two albums go gold in the UK alone, playing to crowds of up to 80,000. As art
Faithless’ Cheeky label, Catto has directed critically acclaimed videos for
Faithless’ stunning sign language film for “God Is A DJ.” His photos and
adorned the covers of Skinny’s Failure And Faithless’ Sunday 8pm albums.
is Duncan Bridgeman?
music career started in the early 80’s when he scored a Number One dance hit
Me”) with the groundbreaking soul band I Level. After leaving the band, he
as a successful producer and remixer, working with Duran Duran, Eurythmics,
Sister and Paul McCartney. He enjoyed tremendous commercial success producing
Vamp and, later, Take That’s first album Take That And Party. When
making other people’s music, he packed his bags, grew his hair long, and
joined a band
Tribal Drift. He spent the next few years creating music and playing festivals
Europe and the UK, ultimately forming 1 Giant Leap with Jamie Catto.
did you travel around with the whole equipment and how did you do that?
We took our laptop studio with us and a mixing desk which Duncan built to run off 12 Volts
so we could run it from battery belts and could set up our 32-track digital recording studio literally anywhere from the desert in India to a jungle in Africa.
We had already composed 12 backing tracks with rhythms and melodies,
some of them were more developed than others,
and when we put the headphones on someone in their town or village,
could hear our music and so a true
collaboration could take place.
In the past musicians have recorded these artists with a D.A.T. or tape recorder
and then chopped up the performance with drums etc. when they got home.
That is not true collaboration to us because the artist never hears what track he is playing with
secondly, he will only play the same thing he always plays as he has no
This way we get a unique response from the artists and they play something they might never have played before
because firstly, they can hear our sound and vibe with us
and secondly, they can hear the other musicians who have already laid down music last week in Africa or the week before in Nepal mixed in.
way, the truest and most diverse collaboration can happen!
tech info here)
is the main concept of the project, unity or diversity?
Both. We have so many ways to express ourselves now.
There are famous people together with not famous, rich and poor.
Everyone showing their souls together,
about God, Sex, Money, Death, and the more diversity we show, the more unity is
the film has a documentary purpose or is it quite different to the album?
like a mixture between documentary and pop video weaving music, words and
you trying to find a new contemporary point of view for the world music concept?
Many people who listen to pop music might not immediately love some albums of world music,
in the 1GL style you cannot miss what is so wonderful about these artists.
long did it all take?
months shooting around the world
many hours did you shoot?
did you choose the countries in which you’d like to stop for shooting?
was usually one person or style we were looking for in each place but when we
arrived to work with Baaba Maal for example, 25 other musicians would appear.
did you choose the guests that appear on it?
long as they had soul, as long as they had a powerful opinion.
did the wonderful collaborations emerge: Robbie Williams with Maxi Jazz,
Michael Stipe with Asha Bhosle, Speech with Neneh Cherry, etc…was it destiny?
think so. We just allowed each artist to respond to and choose each track they
did these artists react, specially the less famous and less close to
they had never seen a microphone and were amazed at the laptop studio. Other
times they were relieved to be recording in their homes without the red light of
Where can I find more lyrics?
All the lyrics that are available at the moment are here on this site (see lyrics).
Unfortunately some of the lyrics were never written down or no one has been found to translate them yet.
If you want to add, correct or translate lyrics, please email me. Thanks.
can i order the Album/ the DVD?
can order it online at Amazon.
and also at : enveda.de
Who are the boardies?
... the people who are more or less regularly on the bulletin board at 1giantleap.tv.
It all started when we wanted to share our photos and birthday dates.
Newbies are very welcome! :-)
If you want to be listed as well, just send me an email. You can also attach your photo, if you like.
Who's the webmaster?
That's me, Susan.