All or nothing. Filipino-Australian musician Chela pens a heady queer love song with newly released Hard 4 You. Here, the artist lets us into her world, taking us behind the scenes of the making of her music video. There's rogue motorbikes, Blade Runner references and 80s strip malls, all played out against the backdrop of Surry Hills and Chinatown.
"This was the first shot of the evening and the final scene to be revealed in the music video (sunset playing sunrise). It was a perfect warm-up for Lydia and I to become more familiar with each other’s movement. We were hoping to shoot a more vivid sunset, however the clouds were thick and rain was spitting. In the end we realised that the broodiness of this sky suited the video aesthetic much more."
"This is a great representation of stylist Georgia Harper’s mastery. They bought a basic blazer from an op-shop and turned it into this raw-edged, ruffled, asymmetric garment by adding extra sleeves, a tie and lots of stitching. We then matched it with my favourite Comme Des Garcons Homme shorts, embellished with a custom multi-buckle belt by Georgia and vintage punk belt of mine. I also wore my own silk boxers and vintage belt chain from Thailand which I wore as a necklace. Sean Brady did my makeup with dystopian romance, Blade Runner and grunge as the reference, then Alana Davison did my hair in gelled twists (which took me an hour to get out at 3am in the morning)."
"I love this image as it shows how joyous I felt to be working with such sweet and talented creatives. You can also see Lucca Barone-Peters looking up towards the Ace Hotel back alley lighting installation, working out how to shoot it."
"Perhaps my favourite setting in the music video is this stairwell that I fell in love with many years ago when I was visiting Sydney/Eora. It’s part of a building called Princes Centre in Haymarket which has marble floors, baby pink railings, warm yellow lamps everywhere and a quintessential 80’s strip mall layout with a view of the city. Dreamy! I’d been meaning to create something here for so long and I was pleased that it was finally happening."
I love this photo of my co-producer/co-director Genevieve Gorman-Deane who rode her motorbike into frame down the alleyway in the first chorus. When discussing the concept, she offered her bike as a prop to suit the nostalgic aesthetic and it fit in perfectly. She was finding it hard to see in her glasses and almost legitimately mowed us over, but luckily her stuntwoman-ship was successful and no one was hurt.