It was awesome working on this with, both, Nemo and Dylan. Was a very fun video to be involved in. Directorial (music/performance video) debut. Hope y’all enjoy it.
The video is my directorial debut (in terms of music & performance videos go); and is my first collaborative effort between, both, [Locksmith Music recording artist] Nemo Achida and [videographer] Dylan Knight (Memories, BLDS, Black Hole, etc).
ABOUT THE SONG:
‘Blackbird’ is Nemo Achida’s personal account [narrative] of a relationship shared with his unattainable romantic counterpart; his blackbird. We’ve seen these types. We’ve all fallen prey to our respective ladies and gentlemen of the night- exhausting ourselves with the pursuit of a potential significant other only to find ourselves scorned.
“…you can’t trust a blackbird singing in the.. flying in the.. night…”
Regarding the treatment of this visual, we aimed to take a more cinematic approach - as to shy away from standard performance videos - and tried our best in being efficient in such a limited amount of time.
Ideally, we wanted the visual to carry more of a ‘short film’ undertone and shy away from the formatting of your standard ‘rap video’; as the record is such an emotionally driven one. We wanted the drama on screen to serve as a sufficient compliment to the drama shared in the record.
The visual was shot over the course of two days in New Zion, Kentucky; a historical African American community founded in 1868 by Calvin Hamilton and Primus Keene (originally a 23 acre plot of land called Briar Hill, later named New Zion).
Relatives of the community’s original founders (Hamilton & Keene) live in the community to this very day; one of which being a dear friend of ours who afforded us the opportunity to shoot at such a historical site.
I took a moment to walk some of the site’s grounds and was absolutely taken aback by how vast the landscape was and marveled at the fact that some of the original structures remained (from the 1800’s).
We had such an amazing time shooting (during a storm) and hope people enjoy this artistic endeavor of ours.