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Go Behind the Scenes of Zen Den with SoulPancake's Co-Host Devon Gundry
Posted: Sun 12/04/2011 10:05 AM
If you love finding out behind-the-scenes scoop about the SoulPancake videos, you're in luck! Co-host Devon Gundry dishes about the inspiration for Zen Den, where he finds peace (his bath tub!), his favorite bands and more.
How did the idea for Zen Den come about?
It was really just an experiment. We wanted to see if there were some unconventional ways we could help people find a moment of calm in their day, other than just closing their eyes, sitting still and focusing on their breathing. It was great to see people's expressions when they entered the big white box because they definitely weren't expecting what they found inside.
In Zen Den, people use different objects to find their peace. Which was your favorite and why?
Drums for sure. It was really cool seeing people who had never picked up a pair of drumsticks before just start experimenting, making beats and having so much fun. I also loved the lady who took a nap.
Where do you go to find peace in your life?
I get distracted really easily, so it can be hard for me to find a moment of calm when there is anything going on around me. That's where "tub time" comes in. I cover the windows in our bathroom and shower in the dark (sometimes I even have to stuff a t-shirt under the door to block out light from the hallway if it's a really sunny day). When everything is pitch black, there's nothing for me to see that would grab my attention. I've even come up with some of my best ideas during "tub time." P.S. If anybody has a waterproof drum set, I'll buy it from you.
You wrote the music for Zen Den. What inspires you when writing music?
For me, music is all about feeling. Even if a piece of music is technically perfect, if it doesn't deliver the right emotion, I don't feel like it's doing it's job. For Zen Den, I wanted to pair the feeling of raw vulnerability with an explosive release of emotion. I was listening to a lot of Mumford & Sons at the time and I think they do this really well with their music.
Writer, composer, co-host...What other "hats" do you wear for SoulPancake we might not know about?
Because SoulPancake consists of a small core team, we all get to work across various creative roles. On any given day, I might be directing an episode, collaborating in the editing room, stop-motion animating 40 wind-up chatter teeth, working with the web development team designing new features for SoulPancake.com, as well as running the day-to-day business operations of all the SoulPancake companies. P.S. I prefer headbands to hats.
What music has the most meaning in your life right now?
I'm not really a lyrics person—in fact, I probably don't know any of the lyrics to my favorite songs. I think this allows me to really focus on the story and emotional arc that the melodies themselves are telling. That's probably why I love the Icelandic band Sigur Rós so much. They sing in Icelandic (which I definitely don't understand) and sometimes they don't sing real words at all—just sounds and syllables using their voices as instruments. Their lead singer Jónsi just released a solo album last year called Go and it's one of the most amazing albums I've ever heard. It makes me want to climb mountains.
Create a moment of peace amidst the chaos of your life with the help of SoulPancake's Zen Den short film. Watch the short film now!