1 Giant Leap

I watched and fell in love with 1 Giant Leap 9 years ago.   It has now reappeared and been mentioned more collectively in the last month then all the years combined! What makes that extra special is the fact that 99.9% of you have probably never even heard of it let alone seen it, especially if you’re based in the US. If you’re cool enough to live in the UK then it’s a different story

ABOUT 1 Giant Leap

1 Giant Leap is a concept band and media project consisting of the two principal artists, Jamie Catto (Faithless founding member) and Duncan Bridgeman.

Based in the UK, the two musicians set out to create a multimedia project that would encompass a CD, DVD and cinematic presentation that would offer a complete artistic statement. The project offers music, digital video footage shot over the course of six months by Catto and Bridgeman, images, rhythms and spoken word content.

The band was signed to the Palm record label and its eponymous CD was released on 9 April 2002. It features contributions from Dennis Hopper, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Eddi Reader, Tom Robbins, Brian Eno, Baaba Maal, Speech, Asha Bhosle, Neneh Cherry, Anita Roddick,Michael Franti, Zap Mama, and other artists and authors. The band’s theme for the project is “Unity Through Diversity”. A Making Of was also shown on the Discovery channel, which featured some of the effort involved in finding and working with the musicians and other people involved in the project.

1 Giant Leap’s “My Culture” video for their first top ten single, featuring Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz from Faithless received extensive airplay.

In 2004 they moved onto to a deal with Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment to make a second film and album entitled What About Me? The concept was the same as their initial CD and DVD – traveling the world interviewing artists and sampling music – though the second time around their journey was longer (four years) and doubling the number of contributing artists from their debut release.