Gayze – “Done To My Love” / “East Coast Dying” (Official Video)
Tyler T. Williams has been making some of the most well made, no budget, DIY-produced music videos and short films around for the last few years. With beautiful pieces for the likes of Youth Lagoon and Coma Cinema, among others, he’s proven himself to be among the best. PORTALS is excited to give you the first look at his most recent effort with Boise band, Gayze.
Gayze just released their debut album, Black Soul, through Bleeding Gold Records. And what was meant to be a single music video ended up being a two song music video short. Tyler was kind enough to talk to us about how the production came about, getting the resources with virtually no budget, and how it progressed into the emotionally intense story above.
How did this project come up? Did you seek Gayze out, or they you?
Dave from Gayze is a good friend here in Boise. I first got introduced to his music with his band TEENS. I just love the aesthetic and vibe that his music has. He sent me his record and basically just went from there. I originally was going to do one track and keep it pretty simple, but the project just kept growing as production began. I also had him act in my short film ‘Contact Grey‘ awhile back.
Was it that aesthetic that prompted you to make this video a period piece? What about it made you think of that 50s era?
I think it was his vocals on “Done To My Love” that made me think of that period. You know, 50′s/60′s working class and nothing seems to be smooth sailing and it eventually catches up to you. You’re hitting rock bottom and eventually that tires your psyche to a pulp yet you have to keep at it.
So was the story-line built off of that instinct you got listening to the music, or was there some stuff in there you’ve been wanting to explore for a while?
Yeah, the story was built off of that feeling I got while listening to the music. I first thought of the scene where he is laying upside down letting all of the blood rush to his head. A point where all of his past experiences, mistakes, lost ambitions boiled down to self destruction. I wanted it to be more of a character study following a man who has no clear path.
That intensity and realness definitely comes across through the video. Was it a long production? Did everything go smoothly? Any noteworthy hiccups?
The scenes were all shot in one weekend with one other scene at his house that we shot one night. Pretty easy days. The tough parts were the days leading up to the actual shoots. Securing an old car and a farm house can be tough without a budget. You don’t always get what you originally envisioned so you really have to make due with what you got. So you sort of have to improvise on set. Luckily Dave and Gabe from the band were so helpful on getting the car and house.
I’d say the roughest time was for the lead character where I had him lay upside down for minutes on end. He was sorta ill so the combination of that, him smoking, and being upside down didn’t agree with him. He just started puking a ton which I used briefly in the video. Haha, I felt terrible though. He was a trooper.
Check out some photos from the production below: