Gabrahm Vitek, aka yabé, has a knack not only for crafting seamless, hypnotic deep house sets, but he also has an eye for the visual aesthetics. Each artwork that accompanies each release is a testament to that fact. Riding high off of his sensational EP ‘Shūru’, he’s back with an full hour long video of him performing live amongst Michigan’s beautiful dunes at Silver Lake.
We’re thrilled to premiere this to you exclusively! You can’t help but feel whisked away the minute you press play, as the music surrounds you and your eyes immerse into the fantastical landscape accompanying the set.
We had the privilege to talk with yabé along with cousin & videographer James to learn a little bit more about how this all came about. Enjoy!
Why did you decide to do the video? What was the vision behind it?
James: I lived in West Michigan for the last 4 years, and I do a lot of hiking, photography, and video work in the area. It’s absolutely stunning terrain, and I feel like a lot of people have no idea. I was hiking in the West Michigan dunes, listening to house music, per usual, and just kept thinking, “we NEED to film a set here with yabé.” I really felt people needed to see how stunning this area was accompanied by yabe’s music and selections . Over the next few months it just kind of consumed me. I assembled the team, Gabe and I discussed set lists and logistics, and it took off from there. I see these filmed all over the world, and I thought, shit, I can do this in my own backyard.
Gabrahm: I wanted to put together a “set from home” during quarantine. What seemed realistic at first was setting up in the backyard and spinning from my patio. With the encouragement from James we went all out with the location and went remote. Deep house creates such a nice soundscape to expansive nature views. Michigan has so many unspoken natural treasures and the dunes at Silver Lake to fit the vision.
What aesthetics did you both want to capture?
Tell us a little bit about the song selection.
What is something you hope viewers will take from this?
James: Filming this set was an incredible opportunity. We wanted to project the set live through monitors, so we all we able to film to the music. When we got done, we just kind of stared at each other for a minute, like, WOW, what just happened? The whole thing was a spiritual experience. I hope viewers are able to sense that. The song selection, the footage of the dunes, water, and woods, it all comes together. Being there in that moment in time is something I will never forget, and I feel fortunate that everything just jelled the way it did. Even if no one ever saw this, I would still be happy with the experience.
Is this something you plan to do more of?
Anything else you’d like to add?
James: I’d like to give a shout out to JK Wilson and Tyler Paquet, the other two videographers that worked on this project. We could not have done this without them and their talents. I’m so proud to have pulled this off. It was a lot of hard work and time. We learned a lot, and plan for the next project to reflect that.
It almost didn’t happen. We gave ourselves a three day window for shooting and we shot this on the last day we were there. You have to factor weather conditions into the equation. The first two days were too windy to put the drone up, but the sunsets were insane. We made the best of it and got the b-roll we needed. The shoot happened on the last day. We hauled all the gear up a massive sand dune, and got the set. It all happened this way for a reason. I was humbled by the time spent together and the result we produced.