Fresh off the release of her latest album Blissful Sigh, we got the chance to catch up with Pia Salvia. This incredible harpist and singer from Belgium and former top 20 contestant on The Voice in France is also a Berklee College of Music Graduate and the list of her accolades go on and on. Read more to find out about her inspiration behind this amazing video and how the Coronavirus pandemic forced her to reroute her original plans!
- Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically in this way?
“Dark Longing” talks about obsession and toxic relationships – when you know that a relationship is bad for you but you keep going and can’t let it go. It is inspired by personal stories and experiences that probably most people can relate to. The song includes poetry written and performed by Dana Protsenko, and music and lyrics written and composed by myself. The chorus of the song is in French and the translation is: “Dark are the lips with which you possessed me, dark are the tears that you cried”.
The video demonstrates introspection. It is meant to represent the mind of the person talking, struggling with her feelings and trying to understand what is going on inside of her mind. We are experiencing the thoughts and emotions of this person.
To represent that, I wanted to use raw and simple shots, giving a very personal feeling. A close up of a person’s face can be a window to their inner world. In this video, we tried to give that sensation.
The harp is an important element in my music in general, and also specifically in this album and song. It is, in my opinion, a very beautiful and sensual instrument. This connects very well with the motive of passion and temptation in this song.
- What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
I checked a few videos that had a similar vibe to what I was going for. For example, Nothing Compares 2U by Sinéad O’Connor or Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish. Those 2 examples inspired the video. Also, we tried to convey the meaning of the lyrics through the images and most importantly through the atmosphere.
- What was the process of making this video?
This video was supposed to be done in April, which was right when the COVID-19 lockdown started, so all of my original plans for making this video changed. At the time, I was staying with my boyfriend and 2 friends, and one of them was a designer (she also designed my album cover) and visual artist. Instead of canceling the video production until things get better, I decided to do it at home with the equipment we had available. We were very limited but we managed to do it, and I am very happy with the result!
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