The Kids Are Alright ...
Director Jordan Ellis' idea to have Al Einstein front a teenage rock back has proved an instant hit. Key to getting the idea to work on video was having the right actors to bring the band to life. Everybody contributed - Alice Ellis' casting company found Smokey Miles, Orange County people connector Pam Atta found the drummer.
Nina Ellis, the director's daughter, proves she's no family hire, but a born natural with her gum smacking, cool vibe while playing the bass. Nina, the new teenager, grew up on the Beatles, Ramones, and Talking Heads, but lately its been Lamar Kendrick, Taylor Swift, and Kesha that have her moving. She studied piano initially, including music theory. But it was the flute that captured her imagination first, and she plays in the school band. Nina also sings and plays ukulele Her sports interests include basketball, which she plays with a team, and soccer.
You would expect teenage Eddie Cochran look-a-like, Nikola Milicevic to play a little guitar. And you'd be right. He's also been playing the piano for a few years. Nikola's musical tastes run wide - from country to rap, and all stops in-between. At his school he's in the theater program. Basketball, soccer and swimming are the sports he's into at school - unless you consider the mock trial team a sport. He's also the star of his folk dance group. And he still finds time for PlayStation and his friends.
From the beginning it was clear that for the idea to work, we'd need a really good drummer for the video. Filling in for Larry Aberman, the Einstein drummer and thundering herd of one, is no small task. We were very lucky fate brought us Josh Wolfe, a fantastic drummer, with unbridled energy. Josh comes by his talent the hard way - lots of practice. He plays in several bands, as well as the drum line at his school. Josh listens to a lot of music, all different kinds, and likes a good game of chess. In the video he does a good imitation of a hurricane.