The pandemic left DJ/producer Elephante feeling underwater – within the case of his ‘Excessive Water’ video, actually – and he tells HL how he shot these breathtaking visuals.
The video for “Excessive Water,” the brand new monitor from Elephante (aka Tim Wu), is as visually fascinating as the brand new alt-electronic dance monitor is mesmerizing. The track alone is an excellent snapshot of the feelings of the previous 12 months – dreamy vocals and ethereal digital beats mimic that disconnect all of us felt, and a burst of guitar cuts by means of like hope burning away despair – however the video? A surprising assortment of scenes that sew collectively an expertise that feels each well timed and common.
“Like lots of people, I went by means of some laborious emotional struggles within the pandemic, and the music video is basically reflective of that,” Tim shares with HollywoodLife. “Despair can really feel like being underwater – you will have this unbelievable weight on you, however you continue to attempt to fake like all the pieces is okay. You wish to cry out for assist, however you don’t wish to trouble the folks round you – ‘is it too late to name’… I don’t imply to bore you, however I’m twisted on this resort ground.’”
“The pandemic actually made me take into consideration what’s essential to me creatively – it made me extremely grateful for my alternative to create, so if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do all of it the best way,” he provides. “I’ll all the time be a music man first, however I’m extra formidable than ever to create visible tales that flesh out the narratives I’m attempting to inform in my music.”
Although “Excessive Water” is tuned to the pandemic, the track’s lyrics – “I’m callin’ out your identify / I’m listening to your sirens, caught within the silence / I’m callin’ out your identify / I want only a style, I’m begging you babe” – make this track relevant to anybody who finds themselves at all-time low – or on this case, underwater – throughout a darkish second of their life.
Talking of which, how did “Excessive Water’s most gorgeous scenes come to be? “Filming the underwater scenes was a ton of enjoyable, but additionally extremely difficult,” Tim tells HollwoodLife. “No particular results – I’m truly underwater doing it. I needed to convey a way of ‘normalcy’ underwater, in order that meant no nostril plugs, no goggles, no cheats – water was simply flooding my sinuses and eyeballs your entire time. I needed to mainly Jedi thoughts trick myself that I wasn’t drowning, so we’d get the take, after which I’d rush up the floor and gasp for air, and do it once more, rinse and repeat for 12 hours. By the top, I used to be a wreck – dizzy, virtually blind, shivering violently, and was sick for about 3 days after.”
“We shot the primary two scenes, the underwater one, and the telephone sales space, and cherished the footage however felt like one thing was lacking,” he says. “We would have liked one thing to signify the “Excessive Water” mark that I used to be attempting to get again to once I was underwater. So we determined to shoot the exact opposite – me floating within the air within the desert. I cherished the distinction to the underwater and rain scenes, and it actually tied all the pieces collectively.”
“Excessive Water” marks Tim’s return to his dance roots, shifting his sound extra in direction of an alternate/digital area. The mission first made a splash with 2016’s indie EP I Am The Elephante and Glass Mansion, which arrived two years later. Now, Elephante is within the midst of getting ready the mission’s first full-length studio album, assured to be a breath of contemporary air to those that have been holding their breath underwater – metaphorically – for the previous 12 months or so.