Odario releases his epic new single and video “Low Light (In This Space)” for the delight of our ears. Odario is the leader and MC of live hip hop band, Grand Analog. He is also the host of CBC’s national afterdark radio show. He was prominently featured on A Tribe Called Red’s single Ba-Na-Na along with Haviah Mighty as well as the video. He was similarly featured on Ghost Caravan’s single Damn You and, again, in the video.
We had the pleasure of catching up with Odario, to dive a bit deeper into his video and world. Catch it below!
1. Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?
Low Light (In This Space) is basically about checking your ego at the door before entering a space. It’s about being responsible for the energy you bring into a space. I feel ego is the main issue with our political and social make-up today… and there is far too much negative energy in the fabric. I enjoy the sporadic movement of this song. I like that Low Light feels contained, but has very little structure to it. So I chose to reflect all of that visually. The space provided in the video is contained, but the movement happening inside (by the dancers) has no structure.
2. What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
I’ve wanted to work with dancer & choreographer Dammecia Hall for some time now, but never had the perfect song to chop it up with. We’ve been close friends for many years and I’ve always admired the way she listens to my music and interprets it in her own unique way. I’ve always wanted to make a video that allowed dance & movement to define the lyrics. I really appreciate the art of dance… maybe because I wish I was a better dancer. I’m always intrigued with what visual artists see when listening to my music… it usually results into something I never see. For this video, I wanted the dancers to define this song I wrote about the gospel of anger… a hunt for an answer.
3. What was the process of making this video?
I worked closely with cinematographer Lucas Joseph and editor Max Taeuschel. They are brilliant. We all agreed that the visuals should match the high energy bounce of Low Light, but also match it’s sporadic nature. I wanted the dancers to own their space, while being in the moment at the same time, and not be concerned about where the camera is. It was up to Lucas & Max to capture those moments. We went with a raw approach to shooting… no steady cam, no blocking. The stacks of speakers in the video were actually being used, and turned up to the max! It was a loud space that night. And we definitely felt the music when shooting.
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