Champagne Coast / Blood Orange / Haley Wollens / 2012
Dev Hynes: The song, as with every other piece of music I seem to make, is mostly about longing, creating scenarios in regards to an unrequited lover, plans that will never see fruition. So you’re left alone in your digitally created interior to dance by yourself.
Haley Wollens: A girl alone in her bedroom is a recurring moment that has often inspired me, for example in films like "Paris, Texas" and "Bye Bye Birdie." I wanted to represent this in a new way, but the thought of scouting and styling seven different real-life bedrooms at the time was too big a feat for our modest project. It was then that I came to a conclusion that feels quite common among my generation in 2012: “Let’s Photoshop them in.” With producer Maya Barrera, I spent hours at the library sifting through and scanning our favorite rooms from interior design magazines. I collaged the various backdrops together, combining the images from old magazines with photos I found of real teenager’s bedroom walls. With the help of Berlin-based animator Andreas “Nout” Schmidt, Jude Miller-Chapin and I were able to create a perfectly rendered 3-D world for our subjects to exist in, inspired by Second Life YouTubes and video games, like Duke Nukem.
Dev Hynes: All of it was created from scratch. I sent Haley a list of artists work I wanted to be represented in the video: Ed Ruscha, Morris Louis, Sonia Delaunay, Helen Frankenthaler, to name too many. ➡︎
Haley Wollens: The concept for the video came to me when I was listening to “Champagne Coast” alone in my bedroom, dancing by myself in the mirror. I have always been infatuated with the movement of a woman’s body while dancing. The confidence exuded during this action is so captivating, I find that nothing is sexier. No make-up, outfit, nor genetic physical appearance can outweigh the mesmerizing power of a female when she moves. At its heart, this music video is about just that. ➡︎