Video Voyageur: 3Qs with Matt Vantine

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Well known for his unique writing and toe tapping production any and all Matt Vantine songs will relentlessly get stuck in your head for weeks on end, and his newest single, “Drop Dead”, is not different.

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

I knew during the recording of “Drop Dead” that it would be my next single.  It’s one of my more pop-oriented tunes with a chorus that can be easily memorized and sung.  Tommy Joyner, my good friend, co-writer and producer suggested that the video serve as a backdrop to the lyrics which were displayed playfully on the screen in rhythm with the vocal melody.  The song itself demonstrates a sort of stark contrast between the upbeat melody and the somewhat dark lyrical content.  The final lyric in the song is “I wish you all the best, but go drop dead”.  As the lyrics were being revised and finished over the melody, I knew the video could display the same sort of contrast.

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

Bob Sweeney shot this film on a Super 8 camera.  He was picturing me just kind of meandering about some streets and trails in Philadelphia, seemingly lost.  This concept was inspired by Ringo’s “lost scene” in “A Hard Day’s Night”.  Because what you’re hearing on the song is me playing the instruments, I thought it would be fun to catch some footage of me playing the various instruments in the order that they were played in the song.  

3. What was the process of making this video?

Bob and I collaborated on a few videos prior to the making of “Drop Dead”, so we were in a bit of a flow state since we walked into it knowing each other’s style.  We shot this video on film, so the actual filming of it was the easy part and was done in one afternoon in August.  Bob filmed me walking around the neighborhood of Manayunk in Philadelphia and then we ducked into a rehearsal studio and got some footage of me playing my parts on the drums, guitar, bass and vocals.   I’m thrilled with the grainy, reel to reel style of this video.  The footage of this carefree and lovely afternoon serves as a great backdrop while the lyrics are neatly (and playfully) displayed across the screen

Dirty Snowman Society Unveil “Mad Bull”

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“Just repeat it until they believe it.” A line from the bridge of our newest protest anthem, written and performed by The Dirty Snowman Society. In a time when most artists refrain from revealing or talking about the current political climate, Christopher Todoroff, Frank Costantini, Jonathan Lawson, and Patrick Linfante took the stage front and center, and are taking a stand for what they believe in.

With their newest single, “Mad Bull”, listeners can expect to not only learn about the beliefs of the band, but also be challenged intellectually, as each verse is from a different political perspective.

 

“Screw Mother Earth, I’m rich from birth,” a line from the chorus said to be written in the perspective of the President, righteous in his power and wealth.

Sonically, the song is as intense as the topic it was written about, but lyrically, Dirty Snowman Society are on a whole other level, way above most artists who will gracefully whisper about the subject, the men of DSS are not afraid to yell, scream, and sing their frustrations at the top of their lungs.

 

During such a stressful political climate in our country, music like “Mad Bull’ can help to soften the frustration that so many of us feel.

Video Voyageur: 3Qs with Val Astaire

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Val Astaire is an artist that has been heating up our chilly days around here. The buzzworthy up-and-comer has thousands, if not more, Spotify plays to his name and now he shares with us the sultry video for “Kiss.” Artistically done and skillfully crafted “Kiss” is one of our favorite videos of the year. We had the chance to catch up with Val Astaire as he gives the insight of the makings of the incredible film.

 

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

This song is an open letter to mental health. It’s penned to that voice in my head that suppresses those moments where I feel empowered. When I feel like I have a reason to look up it gives me ten reasons to keep my head down. It’s not a healthy way to live and this song was written in response to that.

A big reason I wanted this song to be accompanied by a video is that, beings this song is much darker than any of my previously released material I really felt like I needed to drive the point home. I think if I’m going to do something out of my element, it has to be out of my element through and through. Otherwise I was afraid it’d get lost in translation.

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

The inspiration behind it was to portray this MadMax Fury Road kind of feel. I wanted to shoot in a desolate location whether it’d be a junk yard or the desert, somewhere where I could be the king of nothing. It was important to me that it was shot in black and white, I’m not sure why it’s just how I had always envisioned it so that was crucial.

The story is both versions of myself. My creative side feels very relax and tranquil while working. Whether I’m painting, writing, drawing or making music – there’s a calm that comes over me that I don’t get to feel all the time. The other side is neurotic, anxious, unsure, and somewhat negative in a sense I guess. Not that I think I’m much of a negative person outward but the thoughts can be. I wanted the chains to be a visual representation of mental health. When I’m being creative, those chains are still there but I choose to wear them like an accessory. They inspire my art in a way if that makes sense? Where as the contrary treats them like a burden, using them to lash out which in turn is only making them tighter and more uncomfortable. It’s all about perspective. How we wear the chains.

What was the process of making this video?

Making this video was pretty special. I’ve worked with James Morano for years on several projects and it’s become a really fantastic relationship creatively. We gel so well together and he’s utterly genius at taking a talking point and expanding it to an entire visual field. As I said, I wanted that “king of nothing” vibe and so James and I took a trip to 29Palms California, just east of Joshua Tree and started scouting some seriously barren areas. James wound up coming across this location about 5 miles off of any main road. It was surreal. It was all I had envisioned and more. We got out and almost immediately began filming.

 

Catch Val Astaire on all digital outlets and media platforms:

https://www.facebook.com/ValAstaire/

https://www.instagram.com/valastaire/

https://twitter.com/valastaire

Matt Vantine’s New Single is “Drop Dead” Gorgeous

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Matt Vantine is notorious for writing and producing songs that relentlessly get stuck in your head for weeks on end, and his newest single, “Drop Dead”, falls perfectly in line with that. With an immediate start, Matt’s vocals come storming into the song with passion and force, and are met with his expertise on the guitar.

About a rollercoaster relationship, this record is an absolute earworm with its production, layered harmonies, and strong vocals. But the Philadelphia singer- songwriter is more than just a pretty face and a smooth voice. His lyrical ability is unlike any other artist, being able to deliver punch lines with rhythm and rhyme, in a way we all wish we could do.

“My first love was the guitar,” Vantine tells us. In addition to being the lead vocalist and guitarist on the track, Matt also has his hand in producing all of his tracks. Although previously, we would say “The Goddess and Me” was our favorite Matt Vantine track, because of its Ed Sheeran type acoustic vibe and haunting vocal game, it seems that has taken the second place spot now behind “Drop Dead”.

Once you hear the final line of the track, you’ll understand why it’s been added to all of our playlists, and quoted under all of our latest Instagram posts.

Connect with Matt Vantine via:

https://www.mattvantinemusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MattVofPhilly/

https://www.instagram.com/Matt_Vantine

Video Voyageur: 3Qs with Fabrizio Paterlini

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Musical genius Fabrizio Paterlini has brought his new single and video to life this week for “Eyes Closed,” which has us over the moon for the noteworthy artist. With millions of Spotify streams under his belt, Paterlini is back at it again with a bold and enchanting new piece. The song is a pure improvisation, played on the day of the recording.
The atmosphere of the ancient villa in which we were recording, together with the softness of the sound obtained by the felt mounted between the hammer and the string of the grand piano, led Paterlini to discover this unknown territory, in which everything is light and ethereal. “The result is in a silky melody, which can only by listened with eyes closed,” he shares. We had the honor to catch up with Fabrizio Paterlini for an exclusive interview which you will find below, on a very special Video Voyageur.
1. Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?
The song is part of a short movie, “Transitions”, which has been recorded in the beautiful Villa Dionisi (Italy) last summer. The hall is gorgeous and so is the sound that it gives to the felted piano: elegance and softness melt together in this video!

2. What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
The short movie is all about me visiting the Villa, watching the beautiful details and walking in the huge garden outside the house. In this space, i present my album “Transitions” playing the grand piano, in the main hall.

3. What was the process of making this video?
Since “Eyes closed” is pure improvisation, the video as well is “one take”: Edoardo Cantini (the director) wanted to enhance the sense of improvisation of the music shooting the performance directly, only with his camera, walking around the piano. And the video is the result of this.

Video Voyeur: 3Qs with LAPêCHE

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LAPêCHE’s bold and beautiful new video for “Gracie,” gives us such Fall vibes it makes us ecstatic. The group who hail from Brooklyn, New York are truly one of the front runners of the scene. The gorgeously crafted track is strung together by a video that is equally as intriguing for your radar. The slight retro feel brings the intelligence and liveliness of the band to center stage; as the video and song are both truly a labor of love. We had the honor to catch up with the band as we dive a bit deeper into what went into creating the stellar new video.


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

The song is about finding grace in tragedy. When bad things happen and there is no rhyme or reason its hard to be at peace with it and glean any positives. But going through it with a partner/loved one organically creates grace and it’s just enough to get you through it. This is our second video from our Spirit Bunnies 7”. We chose this song because we felt the mood and lyrics needed a visual.


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

We wanted to invoke the mournfulness of the lyrics in a simple but vibrant setting.


What was the process of making this video?

This is our 4th time working with Jake Halopren. We just love his style and eye. We gave him the song and he told us what he envisioned and just like the previous times we’ve worked together, his idea was spot on. He enlisted his talented friend Peter Reinstein to shoot it. We wanted something simple, sharp and that held your attention.