They Shoot Music Don’t They is a collective of pop culture enthusiasts, film makers and photographers. We film unique offstage performances of bands we like in unusual – mostly urban – settings. The stripped-down sessions feature internationally acclaimed as well as local bands, are unannounced, spontaneous and can take place literally anywhere. Our aim is to capture an intimate musical moment and a snapshot of the everyday life of people and places. We started exploring our homebase Vienna by means of music videos in late 2007 and have since then released roughly a session per week, including videos, photos, location info and maps.
Music Video & Geo Blog
In 2007 They Shoot Music Don’t They was among the first geo-blogs on the web. Every location that is featured in a video gets some editorial love and is made visible. Some called us a mash-up of music video blog and city guide.
We are based in Vienna but have worked in many cities across Europe – from Porto to Copenhagen, from Edinburgh to Barcelona – and will continue to explore exciting places with our cameras.
TSMDT videos are made to promote artists we love. Since we support the free flow of information on the web, the free availability and circulation of the videos is crucial for us, and all bands and labels we worked with (and will work with) share this view.
What Others Say
“One of the coolest music websites ever”
“[...] a wonderful Austrian site that [...] usually films its beautifully recorded sessions around Vienna, with the written descriptions of each location giving it the feel of a music-cum-tourism site.”
“[...] TSMDT is a video blog powered by Viennese cinematographers and music enthusiasts who aim to turn their favorite urban locations into great performance stages. In this way, TSMDT is able to not only create beautiful musical moments, but also bring attention to sites of cultural importance within their city.”
Work with us?
We are available for cooperations and projects and love to work along the intersection of music and filmmaking. We develop concepts and ideas and realize projects ranging from short clips to full-length features. Up to now we have worked with public bodies (City of Vienna, Hamburg Marketing), private companies (such as Adidas, Vice Magazine) and music festivals (including Primavera Sound and Haldern Pop) all over Europe.
If you have comments, questions, suggestions, enquiries and the like just drop us a note:
Band & Label Communication: sarah[at]theyshootmusic[dot]com
Cinematography, Postproduction: michael[at]theyshootmusic[dot]com
Business, IT: matthias[at]theyshootmusic[dot]com
For press requests and general contact: office[at]theyshootmusic[dot]com
For video recording we currently use a Canon DSLR, but many sessions in the past have been filmed with a Canon XH-A1 cam. For sound recording we use an Edirol four-track recording box, two Sennheiser wireless mic sets and a Rode shotgun mic on the camera.
They Shoot Music – Don’t They
Verein zur Förderung von Popkultur
Phone: +43 660 13 000 31