Video Voyeur: 3Qs with Rebecca Haviland

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Rebecca Haviland has been an artist on our radar for the past few months. Her buzzworthy sound brings to life a whole new form of indie-pop-folk, which makes us fall in love with her in every listen. Gearing up for her album release, we dig into Haviland’s new video for “Bright City Lights” the title track as she takes us through the process of the masterpiece.

Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?
“Bright City Lights,” the title track of our new EP, is about being proud to be where you’re from, and being proud of who you are, staying true to that no matter what. So it was important to me to make a video that showed off New York City, but also other cities around the world, and to portray myself in the video as a confident rock n roller!

What was the inspiration for this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?

We wanted to have a very fluid storyline, one that was more image and feeling based instead of an actual story, with a couple of outfit changes, and also showing off my two favorite guitars, my custom Music Man St, Vincent guitar, and a white Eastwood Jetson Jr.
What was the process of making this video?

The video took 6 hours to make. We spent a bit of time compiling the footage that was to be projected on me during the scenes. But once that was created, we did a series of different angle shots with different outfits and guitars. We had a great time- it was such a fun first experience making a music video, and my videographer Jack Hoffman and I really had a great a blast getting creative with the making of the video so as to make something cool on a small budget.


Video Voyeur: 3Qs with John Juan

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John Juan is an artist that has been on our radar for the past few months. With an ambitious set of tracks behind him, he brings an eclectic sound to the table that is unique yet familiar, and very much his own. Recently we had the chance to catch up with John Juan as he shares that details and making behind his latest video,  “Hurt Myself,”which you can dig into below.


Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

“Hurt Myself” is one of my few memoir songs, taking pieces from portions of my life. Often when looking back, we can appear as a different person. Kenny Jr.’s Robolights art exhibit in Palm Deseret was perfect as an analogue for this concept; Robolights takes people’s old used physical items and turns them into something colorful wonderful and new! A friend of mine, Jordan, who has a popular YouTube show Daze with Jordan the Lion, was using “Hurt Myself” on his show. He said he had the song stuck in his head, his listeners liked it, and we should make a video.

What was the inspiration for this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
Jordan the Lion (Director) and I were at a wedding for our friend, Mika, in Sweden, when he proposed we make this video. The video was based on discussion during the wedding
reception on a beautiful farm in Gotland—what a fun inception! Our short chat seemed like a whim, but we certainly did follow through. “I know this guy with an art exhibit out in Palm Deseret that would be perfect for ‘Hurt Myself’”, Jordan told me. “It is colorful and filled with memories, like your song. Bring that red shirt you wore at your last show, a skateboard, your cigar box electric ukulele and… oh—find a good sombrero”.
“Okay—awesome!” I said. “Your cigar box guitar, made from used stuff, will tie together the set and the song perfect.” Jordan concluded. And with that short conversation the video was planned.


What was the process of making this video?
When we got back to the Unite States of America, Jordan, our friend Breck, and I drove from LA out to Kenny Jr.’s Robolights exhibit. Jordan, having a daily YouTube show, was quick, confident and fluid behind the camera. It was so fun and natural, moving from scene to scene! —I can’t stand when people take forever to setup and nitpick all their production and view-backs, and lose all the flow. Same goes in the studio; you’ve got to keep the vibe going. Good thing he was moving fast because it was 114 degrees and 40% humidity at that shoot! We were finished in an hour, had a big lunch, and headed back to LA. Unbelievably, the next day when I woke up, Jordan had already edited and emailed the finished video to me. “Anything you want to change?” he wrote me. “No Jordan. That’s great!”

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Lauren Weller Reveals Stunning track, “Sunshine”


Lauren Waller just dropped a single and you need to hear it. “Sunshine” – unlike its title – is dark and sexy. This song is a departure from her past releases and is showing that Waller is growing up and coming into her own both musically and vocally.


“Sunshine” is intense. Lauren’s powerful voice is laden with meaningful vocals and soft piano chords. With this tune, Lauren proves her growth and maturity through her music.


According to Lauren, “Sunshine” is her first attempt at a genuine love song.  With lonely piano and haunting synths, she finds a way to blend dark pop and love songs. “I didn’t want to give up my darker, more mysterious sound and storytelling just to write a happy song


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Clever Girls Unleash New Record & “Loom”


CLEVER GIRLS have just premiered their new video for “Loom” via New Noise Magazine. Taken from their new release, Luck, the album  is out now.

Late at night, perhaps after Clever Girls’ frontwoman Diane Jean has finished digging through dead people’s stuff, you may find her writing. Between running a vintage store and a handful of other odd jobs, Diane founded Clever Girls- a quartet formed in the drunken droves of Burlington, Vermont that creates sorrowful “confused rock.”

With a knack for getting into trouble, the grunge pop four-piece is known for their unfiltered emotional deliveries, if not just for their accidental profanity.

Diane Jean’s quirky outlook buoy the band’s writing, while Rob Slater deftly reinvents percussive palettes between songs. Low, steady basslines from Tobias Sullivan anchor the music, while Winfield Holt’s guitar playing is able highlight each song. Together, the group creates hard-hitting and masterful rock, never slipping into diaristic monotony.

Above all, Clever Girls as a group will elicit the same emotion and nostalgia that Diane Jean seeks to find in her day job; the music will live somewhere between straight forward rock and roll of bygone eras and dusty, moth-eaten grunge pop.

Clever Girls Luck is out now.

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Tour Dates:

May 10 – Kick Off Sidebar – Burlington, VT
May 11 – Manchester, NH
May 12- O’Brien’s – Boston, MA
May 13 – Rhode Island
May 15 – The Knitting Factory- Brooklyn, NY
May 16 – Asbury Park (brewery) – Asbury Park, NJ
May 17- Everybody Hits!- Philadelphia, PA
May 24 – Hole in the Wall – Austin, TX

Video Voyeur: 3Qs with Syrena



New York City has always been the home to unique musicians, and Syrena is no different. The pop-laced songstress has just released her ambitious new video for “Diamonds in My Head,” which takes us on a musical journey with the artist. With rugged beats and electronic ambiance, Syrena takes her music to a bold and vibrant new level which she prominently showcases in the new video. We had the chance to catch up with the buzzworthy artist to get inside the latest video. Let’s dive in!

Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?


I chose to visualize this song specifically because I wanted to make the song’s message of confidence and authenticity have as much of an impact as possible, because it is very prominent in my life right now, and is a driving force for my current and future projects. Visuals, for me, really help tell the story of a song and an artist. It’s also the very first song I release as a solo artist, and I wanted to make it very special.


What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?


The inspiration behind this video was geometry and minimalism. These two aesthetics are so striking and eye catching, that I felt like it captured that essence of strength while also giving a quirky, futuristic twist. The video is less about a story line and more about a “vibe”. I want everything thing I make to take you into a world and a certain energy. Everything is about how it makes you feel.

What was the process of making this video?

The process actually started when I was watching an opera with my grandfather! I was sitting at the Met and I can’t actually remember the opera; maybe it was Tosca, and that week I kept thinking of what concept I wanted for this song, because I didn’t want it to be too literal, but I also wanted it iconic to establish myself as an artist. Suddenly, in the middle of act two, I had this out of the blue vision of a minimal, quirky, and stark black and white scene with people handing me objects and shapes, and from there I created a skeleton that my director Chiara Gerek ran with and helped plot out more specifically, and with more detail. It was a really fun project to collaborate on, and just as fun was the editing process. My editor Max Ferigo really catapulted the video to where I wanted it to be. He had a lot of his own creative ideas, such as the static and manipulation of the shapes, and his ideas plus Chiara’s and everyone else involved really made this project. Collaboration is everything to me.

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Video Voyeur: 3Qs with Carolee Rainey

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Carolee Rainey’s refreshing new video for “Deal with the Devil” hits the world today. The piece released appropriately on Friday the 13th is just the beginning for the buzzworthy artist. Blending elements of Americana and Folk the video fits the track like a glove. With a haunting undertone that is laced throughout the song and video itself, we caught up with Carolee Rainey for an exclusive edition of Video Voyeur, below!
Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

The central theme of this song circles around the sadness we experience when we can’t express our feelings and how limiting life can be when those feelings stay locked up inside our inner selves.I chose to visualize this song because I felt like the earthy and rural land that was available to me to direct this video really lent itself to the poetic nature of the song.
What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?

The video opens with an early morning shot on the edge of a cliff watching the sun greet the day.  Because this is a vulnerable and soul crying song I felt like the honesty and truth of this first scene set up the story in a way that could intrigue the listener. To start the video off first thing in the morning implied a determination to look at a difficult emotion with renewed strength and clarity.  As the video progresses we go to a fire in the night showing reflection and freedom in sending up reserved feelings with the fire and smoke and then ultimately freeing ourselves to express without fear.

What was the process of making this video?

The process of making this video was that I knew the land really well and was able to come up with which shots I felt would enhance which lyrics and time of day to capture a certain light and  achieve a certain emotion throughout the song.  I directed and edited the video and loved this process because I had spent many years photographing and painting to music and now I was doing the reversal….I basically had the photography (of the land in my head) and was putting it to the music.  We were very fortunate along the way.  We were waiting at the trailhead at 6:00am for enough light to take the hike that would lead us to the edge of the cliff.  Once we saw a little light and were able to see the trail, we ran across the forest to the cliff and were thrilled when we saw it was going to be a fantastic sunrise. It was quite a chilly morning and as I had forgotten my jacket I grabbed a blanket in the back of my car which I spontaneously wore in the video. Another exciting moment was when we had finally gotten the campfire going, all of a sudden from a boring calm night there came a gust of wind from nowhere which really helped make the video more dramatic.  Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can explain something more clearly.  Thank you so so much for featuring my video. It really means so much!  Hope you enjoy it… All the very best, Carolee Rainey
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