Hartford, CT - With the explosion of independent artists in the music industry it is only natural that these artists begin investing in themselves, taking on roles as executives and producing their own music videos. This new wave of independence has opened up the doors for not only the artists but the people behind the scenes as well.
New England Video Entertainment (NE Video Ent.) has been around for over 10 years and has made a tremendous mark on Connecticut’s independent scene. They have done videos for just about every major artist in the state from Ru Williams to Oscar Black. The word about the quality of their work spread fast and soon they were making videos all over the Tri-State and even into Atlanta.
Music videos is just one of the service that NE Video provides they are a full video marketing company that does work on, Commercials and Documentaries ,Viral Videos, Web Management as well as professional shooting and editing for clients projects. C.E.O. Zo the founder of NE Video Ent. says, “They are just getting started there is no limit to where the company will grow”; and in CT everyone knows, “If it’s not "NE" Video its just "ANY" Video"
How did you get involved in making videos?
I started making music videos back in 1998 when I was going to college at ECSU (Eastern Connecticut State University); I did it just as something to do. I would take my Basketball highlights and add music to them. That’s how I basically began my craft. Then I started taping local parties and editing those as well. I started working at ESPN, Channel 30 and did some editing camera op stuff. And it carried over to music videos.
What made you decide to make it a business of your own?
While working at ESPN I realized that I was very talented at editing, it was easy for me. While I was doing it at ESPN they were getting tons of money off of the work I was doing and other people were getting my credit. I actually began my business while working at ESPN. I got a few wedding jobs and I was off and running.
How did you come up with the name NE Video?
The name NE Video Entertainment is the abbreviation for, New England Videography. Do to people not being able to pronounce Videography; I shorted it to NE Video... (Like KFC etc). We made up this slogan to go with the name. “If it’s not "NE" Video its just "ANY" Video"; Smooth from Real Ent. former host of the HBV (Holla Back Video Awards) helped come up with that…shouts out to him.
You have become the go to guy for all Hartford artists looking for video work, who are some of the artists you’ve worked with?
The question is who haven't we worked with? Just to name a few people you may have heard of: Paper Boyz, Oscar Black, Opium Black, Mook N Fair, Northern League, Phar City, Ru Williams, MUD, Notey Xtra, Blink Money, MIlo Sheff and tons other up and coming CT artist. Now we do some Visual Media Management so look out for one of our artist Gwap$.
What are some of the other types of video work do you specialize in?
I am actually an editor by trade, so I’m into a lot of other aspects of video. We do an array of services, Commercials, Documentaries ,Viral Videos, Web Mgmt., you shoot we edit service, sports highlights, Weddings…hence "NE' video. We are currently filming for Central Connecticut State's soccer team. We also do a lot of work with www.soccercoachtv.com and www.ShockSock.com as well as we are involved with Universal Records out of Atlanta and DJ Farenheit (Jeezy's DJ).
What is your ideal client to work with?
Our ideal client would be someone who is self motivated and has a positive energy about themselves in general. Most importantly a budget! Most artists don’t understand that portion of the business. So they get the cheapest or free videos and press kits; which make them seem and look unprofessional. So NE Video is here to change that, with a professional shooting and editing of their projects.
Tell us about your DVD that will premiere at the Showcase Cinema.
A DVD that my company directed and edited (17 of the 28 videos, as well as put together) called, Coke Wave (Independence Day) DVD, linked up with Hollywood Fergie and Sal Pachino to select artist to put together a DVD for French Montana. The DVD aired at The Box Ties theatre in Hartford, the show was packed and we got a great response from the artist and people who attended.
What is your overall goal for the company? Where do you see NE Video in 5 years?
The overall goal of NE Video is to provide lasting memories for the consumer, whether it is in sports, music, fashion, etc... Video is the wave of the future it is available in so many facets. NE Video will be apart of all of them. NE Video in the next 5 years will have released a documentary I’m working on to the theatres we are expecting that in the next 16-24months. Our website continues to be CT's hip hop social site for artists we want to continue to grow to over 700,000 hits and I would like NE Video to become worldwide brand!
What can we look forward to from NE Video in the near future?
In the future near and present NE Video will always be consistent and fair so the consumer will always know they are dealing with professionals. We will be producing more videos and street DVD's (GRINDIN N CT Vol 7. taping is underway). You can always count on NE Video for innovative and creative videos, and to give you more than you paid for!
How can people contact NE Video to work on their projects?
We are easy to reach, some or sites include www.Youtube.com/NEVideo, and we have a FB page search NE Video ENT. The easiest way is to go and log on to our site www.NEVIDEOTV.COM join, send us a message. The two numbers we can be reached are 860.869.8676 and 860.726.5387
Check out some of the latest work below...a play trailer done by NE VIDEO