German Electronic-Alternative Crossover Act JOHNNY TUPOLEV Releases Brand-New Video For “Shot In Black & White” Helmed By Emmy Nominated Cinematographer



German Electronic-Alternative Crossover Act
Releases Brand-New Video For 
“Shot In Black & White”
Helmed By Emmy Nominated Cinematographer/Documentarian/Music Video Creator
Christoph Vitt & OSCAR® Nominated Visual FX Supervisor Frank Petzold
The Track Is A Taste Of The Band’s Upcoming Album
To Be Produced By Legendary John Fryer
On Global Indie Label COP International Records
Today, up-and-coming German electronic-alternative crossover act Johnny Tupolev debuts their first video for the catchy track, “Shot In Black & White.” The cinematic piece starts off showcasing the three-piece set against sweeping vistas on towering boulders high atop the oceanfront, visually echoing the boldness of the lead track from their upcoming album, which will be released on indie label COP International Records later this year
Says the band of the message behind the song: “You are at most a silent movie star, who has nothing to say. The real stars are not in front of cameras. You can find them in real life and not on movie screens.”
Johnny Tupolev is made up of Tom Berger (vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, programmer), Jens Grebe (bass) and Dietmar “Didi” Noack (drums) who have crossover appeal in both electronica and alternative rock.
The name Johnny Tupolev also aims to connect both worlds—West and East—through a mix of culture and music in one universal language. While “Johnny” symbolizes American rock n’ roll and blues music, “Tupolev” refers to the electronic forms of pop music hailing from European inventors like Kraftwerk and CAN, referring to the band’s wholly unique sound that has been seen in various promos they have been teasing on social media.
In addition to the music the trio makes, the band also engages with visual creatives on their team, including Emmy nominated cinematographer/documentarian/music video creator Christoph Vitt and OSCAR® nominated Visual FX Supervisor Frank Petzold, both of whom worked with the band on the video for “Shot In Black & White” on location in Mallorca, Spain. Most of the filming was done between 5 and 7 AM to capture the rising sun and the band challenged themselves to do sequences under water, including attempting to balance the drum kit at the base of the water.
“Didi fought against drowning, just to film a few good shots,” says Grebe, “but all in all it was fun to produce this video on such a nice island.”
Johnny Tupolev’s upcoming debut for COP International Records will be released this year, helmed by the lauded John Fryer whose production credits include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Love & Rockets. Fryer also acts as COP International’s A&R agent. The band’s addition to COP International Record’s roster furthers COP’s global presence with more international artists being added to the Oakland-based label family as it celebrates 30 years in 2021.
(Photo credit: Christoph Vitt)
About COP International
The year 2021 marks COP International’s 30th anniversary with ambitious plans for its expanding roster of artists, already including Stabbing Westward and Azam Ali, as well as Chiasm, Deathline International, Jean Marc-Lederman, Johnny Tupolev, LUNA 13, Sick Jokes, and Suicide Queen. The label reached a turning point in 2019, teaming up with legendary producer John Fryer to form a production company under the COP International umbrella. Fryer is producing and engineering the majority of the forthcoming COP catalog and also working as A&R in helping to select appropriate acts. “The level of craftsmanship, artistic talent and meticulous attention to detail is what sets John’s work a world apart,” says COP International founder Christian Petke. “When we first started talking, I brought up John’s relationship with 4AD where he was the principal engineer and producer. This is exactly what we have in mind for this collaboration. Our philosophy is quite simple: Find exceptional talent, don’t limit ourselves or the artists, and build a tribe based on the excellence of the releases. We have signed a couple bands that have major chart potential based on previous entries, and we are very excited about our projects for this year. Another thing that is rather important to us is a certain level of closeness and mutual appreciation we have as label and artist. It is our responsibility to provide a nurturing environment that allows the artist to focus on their craft. We support and shield them and provide the business machinery that will develop their full potential.”
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