When I first wrote about this music video (Who’s the dude in the video), it was at 1.8 million views on YouTube. Now, less than a year later, it’s up to 17.2 million views. Congrats to Ingrid on her success with this song and video!
Anywho, that post I referenced above was about the guy in the video. But you might be wondering who the lead actress is. Well, her name is Kathryn Walters.
She comes from a family of 6, according to this Vimeo video she posted in 2019.
She’s either engaged or married to a guy named Mahlon Stoltz, a singer/songwriter in Nashville. They both live in Nashville, Tennessee. Here are links to their Instagram pages.
I put together a list of music videos for my niece and I watch. My criteria was simple: weird and/or interesting music videos. You see? Not much to it. I wanted to find videos that were either completely strange, had unique editing elements, or totally engaging. So here is a short list of the videos we watched.
Bishop Briggs – “Wild Horses”… This video pretty much has everything we were looking for and a sweet bonus, the song is very memorable for it’s catchy chorus. Take a look at the wild content, timely editing, and engaging singer.
Next up is Caroline Jones “The Difference” and this video is by no means strange, but the song tells a story that’s entertaining to follow. Editing is well-done and, well, the cars are so nice. Take a look and the bonus in this one is that it is “to be continued…” so there’s a follow up music video.
My niece and I really like the music videos from Jain, so third on the list is “Dynabeat” …which falls right in line with the creativity she shows off in previous music videos like “Makeba” and “Come.” She’s so talented with her music, and although we didn’t love this video, we liked it a lot and it’s still the best-edited video and most creative on our list.
This next one is, hmm, how to describe it? It’s the one we talked about the most afterwards and you’ll see why. Like us, you may only be able to watch it once because of sensory overload and when I say sensory overload, I mean sensory overload on steroids. There’s so much going on in this video that you almost have to watch it more than once just to catch everything that’s happening, but it might make give you motion sickness, be warned. It’s “PONPONPON” by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Last video on the list is one I was excited to show my niece. Actually it’s not a music video, but a live performance of “Purple Rain” by Prince. I fell in love with the video the first time I watched it, and that’s after writing it off as what I thought would be a cheesy performance from the 80s. Prince performed at the 1985 American Music Awards and while the set was kind of bland and forgettable by today’s standards, it’s Prince. When has he ever needed an actual stage to keep people’s attention? I go into more detail about why I like this performance here so for now, here’s a video that has simple editing, but incredible emotion and a great build-up to the climatic ending…
Thanks for stopping by! If you have any suggestions for this list, chime in by commenting below.
In the past few years, I’ve really taken a liking to putting together lyric videos using music by popular artists. One of the first was for NeedtoBreathe’s “Multiplied” which I’ll post at the bottom. But I’m so happy with how my latest project went. Equipment used: GoPro Hero3, Roxant handheld stabilizer, DJI Mavic Air, edited on Final Cut Pro X.
By now you’ve heard Adele’s latest song “Hello.” That is, unless you’re not one of the millions who helped it break the record for fastest selling single of all time! And if you’ve seen the video, you might be wondering who the lead character is. Wonder no more! He’s Mack Wilds (Tristan Paul Mack Wilds is his full name). He got his start in entertainment on the show The Wire but might best be known from his role as Dixon Wilson on The CW’s 90210. This guy does it all; acts, writes and produces music, performs, however he does not eat cheese (thanks, IMDB trivia!). Must be tough as a native New Yorker with all the pizza there. Might I recommend Daiya vegan cheese? Yum yum!
With all the positive comments I’ve seen about Mack, it’s not surprising Adele would call on him for her latest video. Look for him showing up more and more in music videos, on TV, and on your radio! -Out of the Wilderness
Some other fun facts about the song and the 2015 music video:
1. It was shot at Haulover Beach in Miami, Florida. Part of the beach is “clothing optional”…yes, that means there are naked people walking around so don’t look for Google images of the beach, or at least don’t say I didn’t warn you.
2. The dancers learned the choreography in just a few hours, according to this video.
3. The song was originally released in 2012 and was a hit in Jamaica and Hawaii. There’s a music video for that version (sans Sheila Marie), here:
4. “Cheerleader” started gaining traction in the U.S. when Simon Cowell (famous producer and former judge on American Idol) did a deadpan performance of the song, which you can see here.
5. The version we are hearing on the radio is the remix done by German DJ/producer Felix Jaehn, and if you haven’t seen the video yet, you might as well take a few minutes and check it out.
6. The car looks to be a classic 1975 Chevy Caprice, as seen below. I learned from Johnny Diaz who reports for the Sun Sentinel that these restored and tailored cars are called donks. Thanks for the info Mr. Diaz! Read his article here.
7. Behind the scenes of the video:
8. You might be asking, “But who are the other two dancers in the video? Come on!” Well, I’ve got the answer, check it out on this more recent post.
9. It’s being called the song of the summer by lots of critics. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon continues to say that, too, but also called this song a possible song of the summer. History will tell! Here’s a clip from the Tonight show of Jimmy doing a pretty hilarious rendition of the song as Donald Trump: