Video Voyeur: 3Qs with Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart

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Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart have proven to be one of the most sensational acts to grace our presence this year. Haviland’s knack for crafting the perfect song is brought to another level with their newest video for “You and I.” Quickly becoming a New York staple, each track and video that the group releases is a brilliant look into the artistry of the band. Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart, includes members Chris Anderson (Martin Sexton), Todd Caldwell (C S & N) & Kenny Shaw (Dispatch). Recently catching up wit Rebecca, she shares what went into making the band’s latest release, “You and I,” which you can read below.

Watch “You and I” here:

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

“You and I” tells the love story of my grandmother, how she met my grandfather, fell in love, and found a way to overcome his passing a few years ago. But really this is a song for anyone who is struggling to move on and find their way in life after losing a loved one. It’s also a song about female empowerment in that it’s about a woman learning to not only identify her life based on her relationship with her husband, but to feel secure being alone and becoming her own person. So it was very important to me to add a visual component to this song.

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

We decided that the video needed something to show the emotional aspect of the lyrics and melody, but didn’t want to do a video with a clear storyline. It was important to us not to define the relationship as male/female, but to leave it open for any kind of relationship or couple. Whitney G Bowley, who choreographed the dance sequence, did a fantastic job of bringing out the emotion of the song. Together with Kristina Dejardin, they really added an entire new visual aspect to the video. We were able to film the video in my friend’s barn, which also really added to the vibe of the video.

What was the process of making this video?

Jackson Hoffman, the videographer and I, like to keep the process a simple as possible. It took about 4 hours to film the video including setup, thanks to Whitney working on the dance sequence in advance. We initially intended to add another location to the shoot for my scenes, but once we finished filming the dancers and the sequences of me in the barn, we realized that simple was definitely better. The only treatment to the space was a small smoke machine which helped to outline the light and add more atmosphere to the shots. Jack and I spent a few weeks in post production, but everything came together quickly.

Find Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/RebeccaHavilandAndWhiskeyHeart/

Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart Website:
https://www.rebeccahaviland.com/

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