Since the first day we watched Bohemian Rhapsody, we could instantly tell that we wouldn’t be able to stop talking about Queen for quite a while. Starting with the huge success of the movie in the theaters, and recently ending by the star of the movie Rami Malek being awarded the Golden Globe for his role as Freddie Mercury. (can’t wait for the Academy Awards)!
Over the years there have been thousands of Queen covers worldwide, and a lot of them were outstanding by every single meaning of the word. However, we have just watched this newly released Queen tribute, and it’s the best thing we have seen in a long time.
“Mercury Rising” is a tribute created by Fabrica, that merges some of Queen’s biggest hits ever in one big song that “goes on forever, seven and a half bloody minutes!” (If you didn’t get that last reference, you have issues!). Examples of the songs included in the tribute are: We Are The Champions, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen and of course as you might have guessed, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Like most Queen covers, the singers have wonderful voices, and you can tell they’re playing their own music and not just downloading the karaoke version from YouTube. What makes this one different however, is how they merged all those songs into one big entity. The transitioning is absolutely flawless in both the audio and the video; in the audio you will find the songs transitioning so smoothly that sometimes you wouldn’t even be able to tell the music has changed until they start singing a new song. The video also moves in a really silky way that makes you feel so satisfied and in need to keep watching it over and over again.
We had the chance to speak to the director of the video, Mohamed Koushi, who told us all about what was going on behind the scenes.
“The video was so hard to make because it’s a one-shot video. We had to go to where we were filming it at 9, and by the time we were done everyone was dead tired because we found that it took us 40 takes and almost 12 hours of work.”
We also had the privilege to get some exclusive behind-the-scene footage of the filming, and it’s absolutely astonishing!
Koushi expressed his happiness by the video to us – “When I watched the video in the editing room I was so proud of my team and Fabrica that we were able to create this”. And of what else to expect from the amazing masterpiece, Koushi told us that they’re going to try to get the video into some festivals and competitions to take it to the next level, “because only then I will be able to see the video as perfect”.
With over 20 people working to produce that video, we can imagine that it was not a walk in the park, but we know for a fact that it was hella worth it!
Job well done, Fabrica. We’re sure Freddie would’ve been so proud!