Karen Bishko is an artist that has captured our eyes and ears the past few weeks. Her new video for “My Name is Karen,” has us head over heels for the artist as she delights with her vibrant and colorful sound. With a video that is equally as enchanting, Bishko takes us on a story-filled journey with her latest release. Sitting down with us for a very special Video Voyageur, Karen Bishko takes the wheel.
Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?
Well, my name is actually Karen and I was feeling both bemused and hacked off of this latest trend of using the name as a pejorative. This was one of those songs that just poured out of me. Usually with those types of songs I have so much to say that they take a lot of editing in my head as to what’s really important. Musically, I wanted something sweet and soft that could build and contradict the underlying anger.
What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
Because of the song’s subject matter, I thought I’d turn my own privilege on its head and use my beautiful piano and showcase my wardrobe that has been much neglected during lockdown. I also wanted to make use of my own space and I thought it could be amusing if I messed about in there. Also, Tiger Darrow, the cellist is also an actor and she seemed the perfect contradiction to my character.
What was the process of making this video?
I chose all my outfits and practised my outrage in front of the mirror a lot!
Tiger came for a few hours and the Videographer, Eric Alexander and I shot the song over and over again in many different outfits and positions. I knew that I wanted it to chop about both with my positions and the clothing.