Hello Gloving Universe! I am back again with the next episode of our Video Breakdown Series. Today, let’s talk about the man with all the time in the world, [IM] Mez.
For those of you who have not heard of him, Mez has made quite the impact on the gloving community, especially with #Alohanation. The waves he has caused are all due to the concept he dropped like a cannonball on us a few months ago: clocking.
Clocking involves using both hands to create a singular animation with moving parts, similar to the hands or gears of a clock. I have to admit, I was personally not warm to the idea at first, but after getting a show from him in person during HARD Summer week, I stand corrected. His show is truly unique, and whenever you hear OGs of the gloving scene refer to finding your own style, they are talking about people like Mez.
Song Used: Haywyre – “Dichtomy (Soft Mix)”
BEFORE I GET TO ANYTHING ELSE…..Let me just say I absolutely love Haywyre’s tracks. They are fantastically complex beats with filthy drops and soft breakdowns to calmly pulling you from one side of the spectrum to the other. This Haywyre track is no different, and Mez does a fantastic job of taking advantage of all the little sounds that most glovers miss when they hear a song that is this layered. This may be a long show, but Mez’s stamina and musicality is impeccable. He keeps on the beat through the entire thing, carrying you on the same journey that the song was intended to from start to finish.
Okay people, I really really really really want you to pay attention to this part. Mez has done something that frankly most technical glovers do not do, he has bridged hyper-technical small motions with a high level of musical awareness. If you watch and listen closely, you see him hit so many small beats with each finger’s motion. This is so vital to a tech-heavy show, yet it is so hard to find. Yes, it is not easy, regardless of how easy Mez makes it look. Even small things like the “come here” motion on the two xylophone hits around 0:40 add SO MUCH to the show. Moral of the story? TAKE YOUR TIME AND MOLD YOUR SHOW TO THE SONG IN FRONT OF YOU.
One more thing! In my best “Jackie Chan Adventure’s” Uncle voice, about musicality here, if you notice, right around 2:38 in the video, Mez is in the middle of a dial combination. Just as the song drops a warping sound, he stops. He moves his hands as a group and keeps his fingers still. When the warp finishes, he begins his next motion. This stop is such an underutilized tool in a glover’s arsenal. Sometimes a well-timed stop is much better than any motion.
Earlier, I mentioned my definition of clocking. The last key I want to point out from this show is how much Mez really incorporates that into all of the concepts he uses here. Even concepts that don’t relate to clocking, Mez applies the basic foundations everywhere he can. The result is a truly unique show. From his rolls to his tunnels, everything looks a little bit different because his center is not in the same place as everyone else. This is what every single gloving and light show artist should strive for. Great Job, Mez.
So, the premise of this video is that Mez is a clockmaker who falls asleep and has this fantastic dream. That dream is then illustrated by this show. The light special effects used in the video make for a nice addition and really add to the ambiance of the entire video. This is, before anything else, just a fun show for any glover to watch. After watching this, I really feel like I just watched a clock work on its own or saw inside of the mind of a timeless being. That could just be my imagination running wild, but that is what it is supposed to do, right?
Overall, this show hits home for me. It was the perfect reminder that originality is everywhere, and anything can be turned into an artistic expression. Something as commonplace as the watch on your wrist can turn into a full blown concept.
-Ice Kream Teddy
I haven't been good at these things since the PlurLife.com days when everyone just put their "festival resume" with all of the events they have been to. Long story short, I have been gloving since November 1st, 2008 and I have seen gloving go from finger lights and glow sticks to international publicity and Shark Tank notoriety... and I have an opinion about everything. (You have been warned)