I wrote the IKEA Midnight Madness radio ad

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For IKEA Midnight Madness, I wrote a script involving Jonas (the IKEA voice) being Auto-Tuned. Since I had to write so many scripts before getting one approved by the Group Creative Director and then by IKEA, I’m pretty tapped out of witty writing. So I’ll just paste in what the sound house director, Andrew Bradley, posted on his blog: “I had the opportunity to direct another IKEA radio spot recently. Josh Rachlis wrote a fun script involving Jonas (the IKEA voice) being Auto-Tuned. I think Jonas had a great time doing it and let’s be honest, the only time we’d want to hear him sing is if it was electronically assisted like this. Comedy he can do. Singing, not so much.”

TITLE: Auto-Tuned
CLIENT: IKEA
AGENCY: Leo Burnett Toronto
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Morgan Kurchak
COPYWRITER: Josh Rachlis
DIRECTOR: Andrew Bradley, RMW
ENGINEER: Kyle Gudmundson, RMW
Thanks to VoiceTrax West, L.A. for patching us in to Jonas.

On November 30th, 2012, we recorded at RMW Music. There’s me in the studio, with the producer drinking coffee, and the IKEA announcer woman in the booth. I can’t remember her name, but she’s got a nice voice.
Kevin Braithwaite played the DJ. While we recording, I half-jokingly and fully-racistly asked him: “You’re black. What’s some street hip hop language?” He was like, “I dunno, man. I like rock.” So basically, we’re both about the same level of blackness. Which, as you can tell from my attempt at an urban pose here, is not very black.

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