I am Matisyahu, a reggae/rapper/alternative rock musician chatting with you from Los Angeles, CA. AMA.
redditors, today you are the first to watch the world premiere of “Hard Way”, the new music video from my latest album, Akeda.
Director Joe Baughman and I are breaking down the new video and I'm excited to answer your questions!!!
You can watch the video here.
0:00 - The ropes and the mirrors. Each mirror dangling has a straight edged side and a wrinkled side, representing the many inescapable angles to every problem and the different perspectives the can be seen. The ropes attached to Matisyahu all venture off to unknown places in the darkness, pulling at him from different directions.
1:02 - Possibly my favorite shot of the video. The tub plays the role of the ritual mikvah cleansing. I love the symmetry of the flower and the rope, mirror opposites, as well as the intimidating color of the water. There always seems to be an intimidating aspect to the cleansing process, a darkness to the water.
2:12 - Jaden, the child who has been in the last 3 videos I've made for Matisyahu, has been great. He embodies the innocence of Matisyahu, and sort of a purity that is remembered but just out of reach.
2:37 - There is an obvious sparseness to the audience in this video. They are the perceived judges of Matisyahu, aged, stern and unamused.
3:30 - Matisyahu is hoisted up (rather crudely in real life). The smoke and the mirrors cause too much perplexity to make any sense out of anything. Sometimes a god's eye perspective, or a higher-level view, needs to be attained, but it's not easy to see things that way.
Victoria helped me get started...
***** Thanks so much for your questions and your support. I hope you enjoy the hard way video. Thank you JOE. I gotta go pick up my boys from school. I'll try and hop back on after the kings beat the blackhawks tonight or tomorrow during the day. bless