Published: 19th September 2017
Indeed, the best jams are the homemade kind
Home Made Jams believes in the goodness of home when it comes to shooting covers or mashups of songs
No, Home Made Jams isn’t a bunch of aunties from Banjara Hills making delicious homemade jams, they are instead, a group of young musicians. While makers of viral videos seem to be going all out to take their content to the next level — great edits, exotic locations and all that jazz, Home Made Jams prefer to keep it simple and homely. That's what Delhi-based Devika Chaturvedi tells us about the videos on their Facebook page. The group that does covers, mashups or just renditions of songs which are conceptualised, composed and shot at home was started last year.
Shooting at home was not only cost-effective but impromptu, informal and imperfect — exactly what we were aiming for
These homemade videos are not about making the perfect music, "it's about discovering the joy that music can give you and exploring it with new people," says Chaturvedi, who is one of the six members. There is no pressure to post regularly, she says, instead it is about something that they discover, explore and enjoy, and not something that they do because they have to. Another big goal of Home Made Jams is international collaborations. Most recently, Devika collaborated with Alzbeta, a singer from Europe, to put out their own arrangement of La Vie En Rose. “I’m open to collaborating with anyone who has a sense of music and of course, the content has to be good,” says the 23-year-old.
At it: A screen grab from one of Home Made Jams' videos
All the videos of Home Made Jams are shot on Devika's iPhone6 and take up to five to six hours to shoot, out of which a majority of the time goes into discussing what to jam on. "A lot of my friends who are in the video are working and this is a much-needed break for them from their regular 9 to 5 job," she tells us. The whole process is very organic and there is no set agenda. "If we try to control everything, the quality might deteriorate and it might not be as much fun to watch," she explains. As for the future, Devika hope to upgrade to a professional camera soon and come out with better quality of content.
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