The Artist Explains: Barons Of Hiddenhausen - 'Pennies' (Video)

Barons Of Hiddenhausen  is the project of Viennese songwriter and producer Moritz Kofler. Who started out in 2011 out of his bedroom to write his debut album. We took the opportunity to speak to Kofler about his music video for the new single 'Pennies'. A reinterpretation of 90's US band Failure's original piece. 

The Artist Explains: 
Where was the video filmed?
The video was shot in the midst of the Moroccan desert. The place is called Zagora.It is a 13 hour drive over hedge and ditch south of Marrakech.

How does the video compliment the song?

For me personally, the otherworldly scenery shakes hands very well with my reinterpretation because of the oriental & spacious vibe I wanted it to have. The original is acoustic guitar with voice and feels more like a demo.

Any behind the scenes stories?
Apart from police hold ups and having a broken tire in the desert, at one point we almost got robbed in the middle of nowhere. We ran into a very weird group of people in a small town before the desert starts. I assume they had seen us filming out of the car because they then tried to get a hold of us for quite a while. Almost 2 hours later on a single desert road the same car with the same people in it suddenly appeared behind us once more. Luckily we hit the gas and lost them again after a while. Back home we thenheard that mountain robbers take your car and drive it off the cliff so that it looks like an accident. Talk about sweating.

Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
My first original inspiration for the track vibe was a song called 'If I Had A Heart' by Fever Ray.Then the oriental idea came on afterwards.

What is the message the video is trying to convey?
For me it is an ancient and otherworldly message which comes to you in a more subconscious way. I guess it just can't be put in one box only when two narratives collide to form something new.There is light at the end of the tunnel if only you can find it. I hope that there will be as much different interpretations on the video as possible. Everyone should have their own.

Interview feature by Karla Harris