I understand you were recently in Los Angeles shooting a music video for your next single, “Stars.” What we can expect to see?
The video was directed by Philip Andelman [director of Beyoncé's "Halo"]. There were a lot of music videos I saw him do that compelled me towards him, one being “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars. One of the things I was most excited about in this video was to really show me from my core, just expressing myself in a beautiful way where it’s more stark and simple. We stripped me down to barely any makeup at all and let my hair dry naturally, leaving everything very natural.
The video gives a sense of being suspended in air when something bad happens, or when you lose someone [and] you’re just floating in the middle of nowhere — you’re not grounded and you just don’t know where you are. I love that suspended imagery and I wanted it to be in the video, so I wrote up my own treatment. And then Phil wrote his treatment, and it turned out to be the one closest to mine. He took it many notches further with his concepts, where at the very end of the video the entire sky lights up and bursts into this crazy cosmos universe, almost what you would see looking through a telescope. I’m really proud of it.
Of course, Taylor is still rocking the “old” haircut.
“We’re taking him out for a few dates in the fall, but we’ve also talked about the Lumineers [and] the Heartless Bastards. Right now we’ve got ZZ Ward out on tour with us for a couple of dates and she’s phenomenal. It’s really exciting to help nurture some younger acts and take them out to a larger platform. ”
My advice, better watch out or The Lumineers won’t need a ‘larger platform’. Totally totally behind The Heartless Bastards (and always have been). ZZ Ward gets a “Meh” from me personally.