In late 2015, Turkuaz took their futuristic funk to the next level with the release of Digitonium. Today, the band goes yet another step further, premiering the video for their Digitonium track, “Doktor Jazz.” A visual mind-warp of distorted imagery, “Doktor Jazz” was directed by Brooklyn based artist Dani Brandwein, and shot in a motel room in Nashville, TN between shows on Turkuaz’s tour.
Dave Brandwein shares, “While we were in line at a Walmart in suburban Tennessee outside Nashville with 8 gallons of milk, glow in the dark wigs and makeup, a full body silver jumpsuit, food coloring, tons of garbage bags and several handles of whiskey – it was clear that we stuck out like a sore thumb.”
Director Dani Brandwein expands, “Dave had a very specific and clear concept of what he wanted. Everything you see in the video he pre-conceived. I found a sh*t hole motel in a real sketchy part of Nashville to help build on Dave’s disturbing, yet psychedelic world, and we holed up in there until the motel caught wind of what we were doing and kicked us out.”
“It was funny,” says guitarist Craig Brodhead, “That whole sequence is kinda roaming around the motel room and making a mess. It was this sort of theatrical version of what we do all those nights on tour, night after night in these little dingy hotel rooms condensed into a few minutes.”
We can’t help but wonder what Turkuaz gets into while they’re on tour. Our hotel stays tend to involve a little less milk. Vocalist Sammi Garett adds, “I was nervous about the milk. I love milk, but I wanted to get the pour perfect! I had been waiting for this moment where I got to pour gallons of milk all over myself and I wanted to get it right. I felt a little crazy when it was all over!”
“I also felt a bit exposed having my man bits showing through the thin material of the silver suit,” explains Josh Schwartz, bari sax/vocalist, “but that just added to the titillation of the experience.”
Without further ado, feast your eyes and ears on the new “Doktor Jazz” video!
Turkuaz will be playing multiple festivals throughout the summer, including LOCKN’, Peach Music Festival, and Catskill Chill. See a full list of their tour dates here.