Dave Okumu releases video for 'Oceans of Purple' directed by Jacob Hopewell
Watch 'Oceans of Purple' HERE
Shot, edited and directed by Jacob Hopewell (www.jacobhopewell.com)
"I wanted to make something that captured the simplicity and naivety of my original connection with this life-changing artist. As a boy I used to watch him on TV in awe and, when I started playing the guitar, I would often pretend I was in The Revolution playing along to those incredible records and performances. Sitting in front of that TV screen during the making of our video took me back to that place. I hope viewers will come there with me.” Dave Okumu
ALL STREAMING AND SALES PROCEEDS TO GO TO NORDOFF ROBBINS, THE UK’S LEADING MUSIC THERAPY CHARITY WHO ARE DEDICATED TO CHANGING THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE AND ISOLATED PEOPLE.
OCEANS OF PURPLE, A TRIBUTE TO PRINCE FEATURING JAMIE WOON ON ADDITIONAL VOCALS IS OUT NOW ON RUBY MOON RECORDS
‘Oceans of Purple’ is the first single to be released on Dave Okumu’s new label Ruby Moon Records. Written by Dave in the wake of Prince’s death, it features additional vocals from Jamie Woon. All proceeds will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s leading music therapy charity who are dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
“Prince saved my life. He was, and remains, my favourite musician.” Compelled to respond to Prince’s death with as much love and creativity as he could muster and inspired by Prince’s continual thirst for progress and development, Dave established Ruby Moon Records. The first single on the label ‘Oceans of Purple’, is a celebration of Prince’s willingness to embrace contradiction and complexity and to aspire to elevate humanity through the universal language of music.
“Raw and refined, he resides in my spirit as an emblem for free and fearless expression. Even beyond the grave, through his overwhelming contribution to culture, Prince challenges me to go deep into my inspiration and not to be dictated to by external factors. In recent years, through the loss of my mother, I have learned that death can't contain love. As I confront the grief oflosing my hero, I rejoice in the fact that I will spend the rest of my years floating in an ocean of purple.” Dave Okumu
The single was released on the 25th June, the day that Prince’s seminal album ‘Purple Rain’ was released in 1984. All proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to Nordoff Robbins. The charity support thousands of people in their own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, reduce anxiety for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing terminal illness; music therapy can be life-changing for so many people.
‘Oceans of Purple’ is written and produced by Dave Okumu, featuring additional vocals by Jamie Woon and strings by Julian Ferrareto. Mixed by Lexxx at Konk Studios and mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering.