BEHIND THE CAMERA: Be Mine

Here we are going to tell more about what is left behind the scenes. What little and interesting thing hide there. And there are a lot!

Let’s start from our first video – “Be Mine.” This video’s purpose was to introduce us to the public. The initial idea was making the video without the scenes where the band is playing – we actually filmed them later. We had two reasons for filming these additional scenes. Firstly, members of the band were fixed and we couldn’t keep it a secret anymore. At first we were hiding the identities of the band members so that listeners would concentrate on the song, not the personalities. Secondly, once the editing was done, we noticed that some parallel action was missing – the band itself playing.

Pictures from the video reveal the initial idea to involve the band members into the story and to show their musical identities through specific details. Look at the pictures more carefully. Robertas is sitting in a café, drumsticks on the table. Mantas is playing a street musician with guitar in his hands. Vainius squatting next to his bicycle where at first we thought of showing a close-up of his fingers stroking bicycle wheel spokes as if they were thick bass strings. And the t-shirt of Vaidotas has a microphone picture on it. That’s how we presented all of the band members and their roles.

The final version has drifted a little from the original one but still delivers the main social idea. The duo of actress Severija Janušauskaitė and Victor Topol fascinated us.

Watch the video here.

International Day of Yoga

A few pics from acoustic show at the International Yoga Day event. It was visited by India's Ambassador Ajay Bisaria and Honorary consul Rajinder Kumar Chaudhary. Thanks to Gintautas from Mai Ram Yoga for inviting us. OM!

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Eurovision and us

New start of the week - fresh news! We decided to go to Eurovision song contest selection. We can say this publicly now. We have been asked a lot why aren't we participating? The answer was simple - we didn't have a suitable song. If such song is born and will have a (euro) vision with it, then we are in. And so it happened. See you in the selection event in half a year! ;)

PREMIERE! NEW VIDEO!

PREMIERE! "Dream On" video shot with 8 mm camera. It was thrilling to adapt filming angles of the '80s & '90s and visual compositions combining pictures of band members and the sunny nature in Spring. All of this could not be possible without the talented cinematographer Zbigniev Bartoševič. Clothing was matched by Marina Žuravliova. Faces were taken care of by Jurga Kartu. For the location we thank demoded. Pictures of the nature by Patrick Müller and Zbigniev Bartoševič. Clothes from TRIBE by Marina&Donata, Zefyras, OHMY. Toys Jolanta Pakalniskyte ir Rimantas Burneika. Thank you!

WIP day and school

Vaidotas: Today I returned to my high school. There, along with representatives from LATGA Association, we gave a lecture about intellectual property on the occasion of WIP day. A few remarks:
1. A strange feeling emerges when you enter school - memories return and it feels like you're a teenager again.
2. I learned that teachers do not age.
3. Tenth-graders are excellent talkers!

Photos: Vilmanto Raupelio (Kauno diena) 

Back in school

Association LATGA is organizing a series of events "WIP day in schools: authors' lessons for the younger generation."

Vaidotas will also be holding a lecture in his school. More info in Lithuania's media.

New winds, new song

Kino Pavasaris | Vilnius International Film Festival opening evening went great! The theme of the festival is "New winds" and they have brought our new song "Dream On" into the show. Its official presentation is coming really soon along with a new video.

Music for the fashion show

"Mados infekcija" (Fashion infection) festival, launched last Friday, presented the late talented fashion designer Egidijus Sidaras' collection "City Pulse". Vaidotas created and adapted music for the show: "I felt responsible to link the clothes with the music, so that they beautifully complement each other. I believe it worked out."

Lithuanian mini tour HELLO / Lietuvos mini turas HELLO

Grupės „The Roop“ vaikinai skelbia koncertų datas – šiuos pasirodymus simboliškai pavadino mini turu „Hello“.

 „Mes supratome, kad per šiuos gerus dvejus kūrybos metus mes koncertavome tik festivaliuose arba užsienyje. Pats laikas mums aplankyti miestus, kuriuose dar negrojome. Norime pasakyti „Hello“ ten gyvenantiems. Mūsų laukia daug pirmų kartų“, – džiugiai kalbėjo grupės lyderis Vaidotas.

Jau kovo 11 dieną grupė pirmą kartą koncertuos Kaune, „Orixo“ klube. Vėliau, kovo 24 dieną pirmą kartą lankysis Šiauliuose, „Blic“ bare. Per melagių dieną, balandžio 1-ąją, nemeluos ir taip pat pirmą kartą surengs koncertą Klaipėdoje, klube „Raketa“. O balandžio 6 dieną grįš į sostinę ir pasirodys menų fabrike „Loftas“.

„Vilniaus koncertas bus įpatingas tuom, kad dalyvausime renginyje, kuris skirtas labai gražiai idėjai. Visi surinkti pinigai keliaus pirmajai Baltijos šalyse įkurtai fermos gyvūnų prieglaudai, kurioje gyvūnai auga be išnaudojimo ir be skerdynių“, – pasakojo Vaidotas.

„The Roop“ koncertavo ne tik visuose didžiausiuose Lietuvos muzikos festivaliuose, bet ir buvo pakviesti koncertuoti didžiausiame Baltijos šalių festivalyje „Positivus“. Taip pat koncertavo Rygoje (Latvija), Bonoje (Vokietija), Varšuvoje ir Gdanske (Lenkija).

„The Roop“ muzikos stiliai skoningai maišosi tarpusavyje: poprokas, rokas, indie, dance rock. 

Debiutinis albumas „To Whom It May Concern“ išleistas 2015 metų pabaigoje. Galutinius garso suvedimo darbus Australijoje atliko vienas žymiausių savo srities specialistų Leonas Zervosas, kurio dėka dienos šviesą išvydo tokių grupių kaip INXS, „Aerosmith“, „Maroon 5“ ir „Muse“ albumai.

Mini turo „Hello“ vaizdo anonsas:

 

Jelgava's show

We were sent a few photos from the International Ice Sculpture festival in Jelgava. It was -4 outside but our voices and fingers did not fail us. We felt warmth not only from the heaters on stage but also from all the people in the audience. Thank you!

Going back to Latvia!

It's always so good to return to Latvia. On 11th of February we're playing in Jelgava at the International Ice Sculpture Festival which this year is 19th. Lots of sculptures, entertainment and music - an event worth visiting. See you all there, and we'll have a great time!

Bye bye 2016

With 2016 coming to an end we understand that the year has been fruitful. Although we usually tend to say that it could have been better, but moderation is something we lack nowadays. We remember the year vividly because it turned THE ROOP from a debut band to a band discovering its group of listeners. We have been to Poland, Germany, Latvia, played in all major Lithuanian summer festivals and the biggest festival in the Baltic States – “Positivus” (Latvia). Two of our songs were in the soundtrack of this year’s Romas Zabarauskas’ movie “You Can’t Escape Lithuania”. Latest singles “74 Miles”, “Come Back” and the energetic “Hello” are being played all around the world: Lithuania, Latvia, Belgium, Germany, France, Australia, Columbia, Romania, Serbia, Basil, USA and more. Thank you all who supported us, found us and listened to us. Can’t wait to start 2017!

 

ONE YEAR!

WOW, it has been a year since we released our debut album. During this period we have grown a lot, met many brilliant people and introduced our music to the world. It has been a memorable year, great experience. And we move forward. Great news, friends! Our latest tune "Hello" is being played outside of Lithuania - on radios in France, Germany, Italy, UK and Mexico. Thank you all for your support!

Listen to it:

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/2hjRQ9bU9KidE0J6pUiRAH

Pakartot: https://www.pakartot.lt/album/to-whom-it-may-concern

Film premiere

Tomorrow is the Lithuanian premiere day of Romas Zabarauskas’ movie “You Can’t Escape Lithuania”. We are very excited!

We recall when we released “In My Arm” multiple people told us that the song would really fit in a movie. And here you go – “In My Arm” is in the soundtrack. Moreover, “74 Miles” has as well found its place. Thank you, Romas Zabarauskas, for great collaboration and we wish you continue making movies that go far beyond Lithuania!

Visit the website and choose your show time and place.

http://youcantescapelithuania.com/

“Hello” – brand new video about people who dared to change

PREMIERE! Introducing a video about people who dared to be happy. We wish you find your own path. May your dreams become your aspirations.

“Hello, hello in the background, it’s time to shine, don’t let your hands down”- in the new single by “The ROOP” the band’s leader Vaidotas encourages everyone to dare living the life you want and not be afraid to dream.

The musician noticed that rather often fear or stereotypes prevent you from reaching your ambitions. The goal of “Hello” is to deny the clichés and inspire reaching your dreams fearlessly. This song is the first from the upcoming second album planned to be released next spring.

The video stars 6 individuals who decided to introduce their life stories. Among the “heroes” –  a girl who loves another girl, a guy who founded a farm animal shelter and appeared along with probably the happiest chicken in Lithuania, yoga teacher who quit his job in advertising, lady who lost couple of dozens of kilograms, artist girl who creates painting out of unusual objects, and twins - brought up in a child care home who now are famous painters.

The band already appeared in the biggest festival in the Baltics - “Positivus”, and introduced their album to the audiences of Poland, Germany and other European states. “The ROOP’s” tunes are played on the radio not only in the Baltics, but also in France, Belgium, Germany, Australia, USA, Brazil and other countries of the world.

Production: Pick a Story