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TOMAKA

 

 

TOMAKA

VOCALS / COMPOSITION / ARRANGEMENTS

BRICE CHANDLER

BASS, DIRECTION

YANN FORLEO

DRUMS

                                     

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

Biography page 3

 

Time to Go page 4

 

Press Coverage page 6

 

What You Meant to Be page 8

 

Social Media page 11

 

Contact page 13

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

 

 

Thomas Carrafang, known professionally as Tomaka is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in London. Time to go is his first single released as a music video on 07 February 2019.

Embracing both electronic music and acoustic instruments, Tomaka found his drive by creating a unique sound for his songs with deep roots in synth pop and new wave. He composes and arranges his own music using synthesizers and vocals in his home studio. 

As a self-taught musician, Tomaka started music as a guitarist engaging with multiple collaborations from songwriters in the countries where he lived: Brighton, Berlin, Madrid and Paris. He taught English and French in the day while busking at night, playing live in pubs and venues as a lead singer backed up by a band.

In 2018, Tomaka asked French film director Matthieu Vinel to direct his first music video. With actress Isabelle Desmazières and a small team of four, they went shooting in August of the same year in Cherbourg, Normandy. Newspapers Ouest France and Presse de la Manche covered the event (cf. page 6).

Today, Tomaka is pursuing a music career in London. Tomaka’s first album will be out early next year featuring new tracks, music videos and concerts. 

 

 

 

TIME TO GO

MUSIC VIDEO 1

 

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

Released: February 7, 2019

Directed & Produced by Matthieu Vinel matthieuvinel.com

Video Production: ©Crea Nostra

Watch: Time to go (video)

 

 

AUDIO PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

Music by ©Tomaka 2019

Genre: Pop, synth pop

Digital release: soon available on all digital platforms

Vocals and synths: Tomaka / Drums: Yann Forleo / Bass guitar: Brice Chandler

Recording directed by Tomaka and Brice Chandler (2018)

Recording & Mixing: Félix Remy at Studio Pigalle, Paris (2018)

Mastering: Alex Gopher at Translab (2019)

A video produced by ©Crea Nostra 2019

 

SYNOPSIS

 

A man is getting ready to meet his girlfriend Ludivine at the train station in Cherbourg, but she stands him up. The disappointed man gets on his bike for a long and solitary ride among the dunes of Biville in the outskirts of Cherbourg in Normandy. Sitting next to an abandoned tank, our hero burns the pictures of his partner and then falls asleep. Rebecca Smith, the English tourist he bumped into on the same day, suddenly turns up. They create a special bond with each other. Later, when he turns to her and he’s about to kiss her, Ludivine calls him unexpectedly. Our hero picks up the phone and when the conversation is over, he realises, to his dismay, that the girl has just left, leaving a book of poems behind. Our hero ends up alone. One day, while spring cleaning his house, he comes across the book of poems again. Leafing through it, Tomaka finds Rebecca’s postal address written on the last page.

 

FULL CREDIT LIST

                                                                                                                   

Music by and Starring                   Tomaka

Directed and Produced by          ©Crea Nostra 2019

 

Featuring                                         Isabelle Desmazières

 

DOP                                                   Matthieu Vinel

Editing & Grading                           Matthieu Vinel

                         

Still Photographer                          Jean Morel

 

Special Thanks                               Anna Morel, Jean Morel

                                                           Cherbourg

 

 

 

PRESS COVERAGE

 

 

Ouest France 07.02.2019

(Daily French Newspaper covering local and national news)

Source: Ouest France – Tomaka Time to Go

Published 08.02.2019 at 06:07am

By Thomas GRIMALDI

 

TITLE: “CHERBOURG. THEY SHOT A MUSIC VIDEO IN COTENTIN.”

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION)

Two Parisians, Thomas Carrafang (aka Tomaka) and Matthieu Vinel shot a music video in Normandy in August 2018.

There’s a moment of panic on the line. “I’m about to press the button to share my first music video so I’m a bit stressed out! Could I call you back in 20 minutes?”

Thursday, the 7th of February 2019 is a big day for Thomas Carrafang aka Tomaka. He’s releasing -Time to Go- his very first music video. The video was directed by his friend Matthieu Vinel, director and founder of Crea Nostra: a communication agency based in Paris. On an indie pop song composed by Tomaka, the music video tells about the story of a man who’s in love and of an unexpected encounter with another girl. It offers a nice glimpse of the Cotention Peninsula in the summer.

10 tracks for an album

A friendship that traces back to 2005. The two men are passionate about music.

“At the time, I was looking for a composer and he was looking for an author” says Matthieu Vinel. Two years later, they released a swing album called Formule Express with Tomaka on lead vocals and guitar and Matthieu on piano.

As the years passed, Tomaka settled in Normandy to pursue his musical career, yet keeping in touch with his friend Matthieu. “In 2018, he called me to say he had composed a ten-track album” says Matthieu Vinel. What he did was quite exceptional. He cut himself off from the city and retreated in the country with his musical instruments for a whole month.

“Port Racine really caught my eye”

Back to Paris, Tomaka asked his friend Matthieu to write and direct a music video for his first single.

"Originally, Tomaka wanted us to go to Greece. I said to him that would be too difficult to do in terms of logistics. I told him about the Cotentin Peninsula in Lower Normandy. It’s a region that I happen to know quite well because of my brother-in-law who lives in Cherbourg. Matthieu Vinel and Tomaka set off to scout locations prior to filming.

“I went to the Cotentin Peninsula to write the story. Port Racine -nicknamed the “smallest harbor in the world” by locals- really caught my eye. The two friends decided to shoot in August 2018.

“We needed enough light to be able to shoot so we had to rely on it. We came back the two following weekends. Here, the weather changes very rapidly.                                                                                 

“The music video features Isabelle Desmazières -a French actress from Lyon (France)-.”

“Four people participated in the filming. But Matthieu Vinel wrote, directed and edited the whole video on his own.”

“Jean Morel -our still photographer and Matthieu’s brother-in-law- was a great help to us in terms of logistics”

 

La Presse de La Manche

07.02.2019

(Daily Norman Newspaper covering regional news) 

Published 07.02.2019 at 6pm

Source: Presse de la Manche – Tomaka Time to Go

TITLE: “VIDEO: SINGER TOMAKA RELEASES HIS FIRST MUSIC VIDEO SHOT IN CHERBOURG AND ON THE CONTENTIN PENINSULA”

 

 

 

 

WHAT YOU MEANT TO BE

MUSIC VIDEO 2

 

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

Released: June 6, 2019

Directed & Produced by Céline Ribard

Cinematography by Chloé Deleplace

A video produced by ©Céline Ribard 2019

Watch:  What you meant to be (video)

 

AUDIO PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

Music by ©Tomaka 2019

Genre: pop, synth pop, dream pop

Digital Release: soon available on all digital platforms

Vocals and instruments by Tomaka:  Synthesisers, Bass guitar, Ney flute

Recording directed by Tomaka (2018)

Mixing: Félix Remy at Studio Pigalle, Paris (2018)

Mastering: Alexis Bardinet at Globe Audio, Bordeaux (2019)

 

FILMING LOCATION: Tate Modern, London, UK.

 

THE CONCEPT

What You Meant to Be is Tomaka’s second single released as a music video on June 6, 2019. It was directed and produced by Céline Ribard.

The song is the basis for an original concept developed by Céline Ribard with Tomaka starring as his own character.

 

THE SONG

Céline wanted to be as close as possible to Tomaka’s emotional state at the time the song was written. Feeling betrayed by someone, Tomaka appears confused as he attempts to deal with an absence that is immortally present and therefore very much alive. Overwhelmed by his thoughts, the character alternates between flashes of memory and a state of confusion from which he struggles to escape.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Considering the poetic imagery and melancholic reflections behind Tomaka’s music, Céline Ribard represented the face of an absent figure by the still image of a marble-like statue dominating a bare room. The character and the statue defy each other with an exchange of glances that reflects the bond that tied them together long ago, yet lingers on. In the early stage of the video, there is anger, tension and contemplation. The video reaches a peak when our character is being assaulted by flashbacks, and he is progressively getting more confused. A time when looking for an exit from his own state becomes an emergency. The last glance at the statue shows the acceptance of how things are today and the urge to let go of the past, let go of the acrimony and move on.

 

LOCATION. AESTHETICS.

 

The Tate Modern, with its large bright room on the top floor overlooking the city of London as well as the complexity of the dim galleries of the downstairs lobby, was the ideal location to represent the character’s vivid emotional contrast and internal struggle reflected in the song.

 

The aesthetic choice of shooting in black and white was a way to interplay between light and dark and hot and cold in order to feel the various palpable emotions that Tomaka was going through. In addition to developing a stronger emotional bond with our character through time and space, it offers the viewer ‘something’ more epic and timeless, therefore visually more powerful.

 

 

FULL CREDIT LIST

                                                                                                                   

Music by and Starring                   Tomaka

Directed and Produced by          Céline Ribard

 

DOP                                                   Chloé Deleplace

Focus Puller                                    Piero Cioffi

Gaffers                                              Shaun Waldie

Alejandro Celis

 

Art Director                                      Ishbel Amy-Letteir

MUA                                                  Chloe Santiago

           

Still Photographer                          Ian Gavan

 

1st Assistant Director                      Alasdair Copland

Production Manager                     Samuel Hiorns

 

Executive Producer                       Thomas Carrafang

 

Editing & Grading by                     Robert Youngblood

                                                           Céline Ribard

 

Special Thanks                               Tate Modern

                                                           Shootblue

                                                           Ivonne Jofre

                                                           Kate Phibbs

                                                           Fanny Escudié

                                                           Jeanne Montfort

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIAS

 

 

 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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SOCIAL NETWORKS

 

Youtube

Time to Go

What You Meant to Be

Instagram

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Facebook

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Twitter

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Soundcloud

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CONTACT

 

 

 

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Tomaka

07 43 81 55 229

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