So the video for my current single, “Let Me Live Again,” has finally hit the airways and I couldn’t be happier! This is my eighth music video (in chronological order): “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (2004), “The Way You Love Me” (2007), “The Way You Love Me/Blue Door Edit” (2007), “That’s Me” (2008), “Tug of War” (2008), “Losing My Religion” (2010), “No One/Matty Soulflower Mix vob” (2010), and now “Let Me Live Again.” Each video is special to me in its own way, and I’ve been really blessed to have done them all!
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” was my first video (with Pepper MaShay), and exciting to do! The experience wasn’t what I had expected, and although everyone had the very best intention, the shoot was not well laid out. It got progressively more and more stressful as the clock ticked away, and we essentially ran out of time and didn’t get to do everything we really wanted to do. It was ultimately all good, but the experience definitely left me wanting more.
My next video for “The Way You Love Me,” directed by the talented Tony Sellari, was a blast! Simple and so much fun to do, and the energy on set was really great! After that came the video for “That’s Me” (featuring Cazwell) that was directed by my buddy, the amazing Joe Oppedisano, and produced by Digital Kitchen out of Chicago. The shoot took a couple of days, and was definitely more in line with the fantasy I had of making a music video. Joe and I always work great together, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process and was so happy with the end result.
The next one, “Tug of War,” was the biggest and most involved video that I had ever done. It truly was what I had fantasized about, with dancers, several different sets, uber-styled and a big ‘ol soundstage. My dear friend, the brilliant Carl Byrd, directed it, and he and his production company, Carl Byrd & Co., produced it. It was so well laid out and the storyboard was so tight that we were able to shoot the entire video in one day. A real testament to Carl and his staff’s talent.
A whole bunch of dancers and a female and male model were all on point and seriously working it out. By the way, the male model is my partner, Angelo Petheryotis. We had just started dating at the time, and I can tell you that he had to go meet with the casting director and got the gig on his own merits. I followed that up with the video for “Losing My Religion,” also directed by Carl Byrd and produced by his company. All of the wonderful people he has bringing their immense talents to the table once again turned it out.
I also did two acapella videos that we’re filmed by another talented director, Bart Everly. Both were cover tunes, and after we shot an acapella version of Alicia Keys’ “No One,” I went into the studio and recorded separate vocals, which my manager, Bill Coleman, then took and gave to a couple remixer/producers who worked their magic. The mixes got release, and a video was made from the footage Bart took to the “Matty Soulflower Mix” of the song.
And here we are. I met with the gifted Marco Ovando at the end of 2012 to discuss ideas for the video for “Let Me Live Again.” He wanted to capture an esthetic that paid homage to Tom of Finland and those great videos from the ‘80s and ‘90s that we all know and love. Marco directed it, Marco Ovando Studio and Peace Bisquit produced it, Athena Maroulis edited/filmed it, casting my partner, Angelo, Nik Ripley, Rogan Richards, Shernita Anderson, and Vanessa Soudan, and bringing in an amazingly talented group of artists. Please check it out, and be sure to wait and see the credits after the music stops. All the talented people who helped to make this video what it is, including some of my Kickstarter supporters, are given their props!