Indie pop duo, 2 Story Cabin, which includes singer/songwriter Tempesta and producer/guitarist mmmatic, have just released their brand new single “Always Better” with accompanying music video on May 15, 2020. Though now based in Brooklyn, NY the duo is originally from Italy and made the trip all the way back for the purpose of shooting this video. Read more about their inspiration and process below.
Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically in this way?
Tempesta: I first met the actress/director Esther Elisha in 2018 when she asked me to talk, as a multiethnic actress working in Italy, to a roundtable at the Venice Days 2018. She then started to involve me in a film project that dealt about sisterhood between people apparently so different from each other.
mmmatic: Tempesta and I both thought that working on the ‘Always Better’ music video with her would have been a great way to start exploring this project together. When we presented her this idea she immediately jumped on the opportunity.
What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
Tempesta: The song is inspired by the feelings of separation. It’s about the never-ending traveling journey that is life. Elisha took these concepts and put them into visuals with the help of cinematographer Camilla Cattabriga, whilst incorporating the concept of sisterhood.
What was the process of making this video?
Tempesta: After finishing the pre-production between August and September 2019, I booked a flight to go to Rome to shoot in the quirky neighborhood of Villaggio Olimpico. The whole trip lasted 5 days, with one day for fitting and scouting, one day for shooting, one day for backup and two days of travel. Personally, it was the first time I left mmmatic home alone with our 11 months old baby, which was both liberating (it was literally the first time I was alone in 11 whole months) as well as nerve-wrecking.
mmmatic: It was quite a challenge for me since I was completely on my own – both our families live in Italy – but I’m proud of how I contributed to the realization of the video, allowing Tempesta to fully focus on her acting and producing jobs.
Tempesta: Everything went extremely well on set in Rome, with me pumping milk during each break while still dealing with production matters at the same time. It’s the first project formally produced by our production company CabinCrew.