firstly – just to clarify (seeing as many many people have been misled by the name) – it’s a web series; about a delusional chef (Jason Gàsh. that’s “gahhhsh” not gash) who opens a roadside cafe (a.k.a. a hatch in his caravan) attempting to run it as a high class establishment. his sous-chef is an aspiring grime MC with similar delusions of grandeur. there’s an awkward, unresolved love triangle and a visiting lorry spotter – retired, aspergic (in this case – obliviously over enthusiastic) and American.
ok, so anyway it’s basically where i’ve been hiding all November –
a friend, Adam Mondon, came up with the original idea in October and since then a small team of us have spent countless hours locked in small rooms – script-writing, auditioning, rehearsing, scouring eBay for cheap caravans and stalking potential lay-bys on google maps.
In fact the pilot episode has just been released so rather than word it all up i’ll just embed it here.. see you in 10
a big part of the last month was spent working out what to do for theme music for the show.. i contemplated composing something classical sounding and interspersing it with some grimier undertones, dub beats etc but in the end though that might have been a bit obvious .. i decided to go for something a bit more subtle, something more closely related to Jason’s delusional and pretentious character. namely: a pseudo-operatic Italian 3 part vocal harmony that would sound fairly aristocratic/pretentious until closer inspection revealed the true and ridiculous nature of it’s lyrics ;]dal freddo di un frigo si trova formaggio trascurato [in the cold of a fridge lies neglected cheese] e dal bordo della strada la salsiccia urla di aiuto! [..and by the side of the street the sausage cries for help] ma chi li aiutera? ma chi li aiutera? [but who will help them? but who will help them?] salvatore di cucine, redentore di ristoranti [saviour of kitchens, redeemer of restaurants] protettore delle uve, eroe archetipico [protector of grapes, archetypal hero] l’uomo chiamato Gàsh, l’uomo chiamato Gàsh [the man named Gàsh, the man named Gàsh]
I was also responsible for recording the sound on set + designing the website, menu (a haute cuisine take on stereotypical roadside food) and poster (featuring by a beautiful illustration by Karla Alcázar)