Hey, all you lovely people!
So, it’s been a few weeks since I released my new single, Good Love, and I’m still REALLY excited about it! I hope you’ve all had a chance to listen to the song and/or watch the music video; in case you missed it, I’ve popped it right up at the top for you.
I wanted to tell you guys a bit about this music video; how we made it, what it was like… All that fun stuff.
So, as I’m sure you can imagine, pursuing an artistic career can leave you pretty skint, especially toward the beginning. (Stereotypical, I know, but for a reason.) As a result, my budget for this video was basically non-existent. Luckily I have some terrific friends who didn’t mind helping me out.
A couple months earlier, I was lucky enough to meet Lauren Scudder: a multi-talented ray of sunshine, who loves her camera. We became fast friends (the second time we hung out I cut her hair), amazed we had found someone equally as weird as us.
When I told Lauren I wanted to make a music video for Good Love, she immediately helped me start planning. It took a couple weeks and several dozen text messages until we had everything sorted: Lauren would film and edit the video, her friend Ian would be the male lead, and we would film in our friend Kelly’s bedroom while she was away.
On the day of the shoot, I showed up pulling a suitcase (full of clothing options I never even used. HA!) and met Lauren at Kelly’s flat. She had trustingly given us her keys, so we let ourselves inside and immediately started to gender-neutralize (even masculinize) her bedroom–we wanted the video to look like I was at this guy’s house instead of him being at mine.
It didn’t take us too long to set the scene and when Ian arrived, I was already putting on my makeup. Now, I had never met Ian before, just seen a picture. Lauren had coordinated the whole thing, from recruitment to arrival. If you’ve seen the video, you’ll know that I spend the whole thing in bed, in my underwear. With a virtual stranger. I am told that professional actors have to do this kind of thing all the time, but I am by no means a professional actor. There was a lot of laughing, a large portion of which was out of sheer awkwardness. We got really intimate really quickly. True, we never made out on camera or anything. But having a cute stranger hold your face and stare into your eyes while you’re both in your underwear makes you feel very exposed.
All in all, shooting took about two hours. Ian was a stud, and loads of fun to work with. While Lauren, in all her directorial glory, took full advantage of the late afternoon light and the westward-facing windows, to capture those broody feelings I was singing about.
The video was released on YouTube a week after the track–spacing it all out (and giving us a little extra time for finishing touches). Lauren actually finished it from L.A. and sent it to me in London.
It was such a treat to work with my friends, and I love them to pieces. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate their help in making this video. They put in so much energy and hard work; I truly couldn’t have done it without them. 🙂
If you want to hear more about Good Love, I’ve started a new YouTube series called Behind the Songs. It’s basically me talking about the stories and the people who served as inspiration for the songs I release. You can check out the Behind the Songs: Good Love video here. You can also download the song for free here.
Thank you guys for all your support.
Lots of love.