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In this very special edition, the multi-award winning Scottish/Canadian rock band The Boxtones have amazing news to share with you!

This week, we are mixing things up from our regular format of ‘Boxtalk with The Boxtones’ to talk about an exciting release. Earlier in the year, we sat down with NMK Electronics and Shure MEA to discuss an idea brought to the table after Shure released the MOTIV series microphones and you can bet we had some great ideas on how to collaborate with Shure and Universal Music MENA!

The Boxtones Aboard QE2

As you will see below, we released a unique video project last week, shot exclusively on one of Dubai’s most prestigious and historical landmarks, aboard the QE2 in Port Rashid. This first of its kind music video would be shot using a specific audio recording product – the MOTIV microphones and the ShurePlus MOTIV app. Known for their superior sounding microphones, Shure MEA granted us access to seven products from the MOTIV series.


Not sure if you’re familiar with this product (mentioned in previous issues) but essentially it’s a bunch of small microphones and recording software that allow you to record and capture audio literally anywhere. And instead of keeping it simple, the band and Shure MEA used all seven microphones and multiple cameras with the free ShurePlus MOTIV video app to film the video – then assembled it all together after the shoot was completed.

The obvious song choice for the recording project had to be the fan favorite “Against the Odds” released with music label giants Universal Music MENA, and boy did those little mics capture some great content!


So we had the entire band on set for shooting: Gary on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Louise on backing vocals, Will gracefully accompanying on the Yamaha Grand Piano, our newest addition to the band Jean-Louis on bass and our fabulous lady drummer Gill (who was nearly 6 months pregnant at the time). Add a dozen film extras for stomps and claps, access to the snazzy QE2 Grand Lounge, a Scottish bagpiper (how could we not invite Graham McKay to the shoot?) and BOOM! We created something special to share with our fellow Dubai peeps!

Can’t thank our friends, fans and family enough for the continuous support with social media likes, comments and shares for this incredible release, whilst representing our favorite city, Dubai!

Check Out The Official Release

The official release is on YouTube (Shure Performance & Production channel) as well as on Shure’s global Facebook page. Get clicking on the video and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!