Video Voyageur: 3Qs with Maggie Szabo

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Maggie Szabo is one of the hottest artists of this Summer. With a series of releases in the form of singles, remixes, EPs and videos this year, this Cali-based girl is definitely going the extra mile, with impeccable work to boot. Maggie Szabo has done some lucrative collabs with top DJs. Some of her premiers/interviews include The Advocate, Billboard, Popdust, Huffington Post, Perez Hilton and EARMILK and she’s landed multiple sync placements (NBC, Netflix, Disney, E!, etc.). She’s also an LGBTQ advocate and works with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
Maggie stopped by for our Video Voyageur series for her new video “I Don’t Need You,” which you can get of a glimpse of below!

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

With every one song I release, there have been quite a few others that are written. Not every song I write ends up getting released, and usually when a song is done I love to get feedback from my team as far as which ones they really resonate with. We decided that ‘I Don’t Need You’ would be a great single to release, and one of my favourite parts about releasing a song is creating a music video for it. It gives me the ability to get visually creative, and that’s why we ended up creating a video for this song.

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

The music video opens up with me sitting in a wedding dress planning my fairytale wedding to my boyfriend, who I might add hasn’t proposed yet, only to receive a text from him that he’s dumping me! I won’t give too much away, but you basically won’t find me crying about our breakup. When I wrote the song, it was important to me that it was an anthem for independence and personal growth. I wanted the visuals to reflect that but in a fun, celebratory way. I wanted to show that being alone isn’t a bad thing and that when it comes down to it, it’s up to you to create your own happiness.

What was the process of making this video?

This is the first music video I ever shot during a time like this. Being in a pandemic, there were obviously a lot of limitations and I wanted safety to be first priority. We kept our crew down to only a few people, and I wanted everyone to be able to socially distance. That’s why throughout the entire music video there isn’t a single scene that I’m actually in with someone. I ended up shooting it at a friend’s house, which gave us a lot of outdoor space and it meant we didn’t have to change locations. It forced me to really get creative with the concept and make the most of the situation.

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