The Artist Explains: Cymbol - 'Slipping' (Video)

Auckland, New Zealand producer Cymbol  speaks to us about the ideas behind the dark, moody and artsy visuals for current and catchy single, ‘Slipping’.

“This track starts off cinematic and sets the tone from the get-go with intimate lyrics from the vocalist. As you keep listening you hear catchy melodic bass lines layered with 808s, pitched up vocals with plucked strings and hard percussion,” said Cymbol. “Despite the tension, the track still maintains a head-bopping type of groove.”

Cymbol Explains:
Where was the video for 'Slipping' filmed?

The video was filmed in Thievery Studios, Auckland, New Zealand.

How does the video compliment the song?
The purveyed story is one of fatal attraction – capturing the idea that the more someone misbehaves, the more you’re drawn to them. Hence, the messy apartment, dishes smashing and random antics in the apartment, all accompanied by stunning visual effects in reverse.

Any behind the scenes stories?
Not really that I know of, I only went in for about an hour to check out how it was all going!

Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
The idea was to have the video dark, moody and artsy, encapsulating the mood behind the song. The theme was to have everything going in backwards motion from a messy apartment to clean. The idea of the backwards motion came from the track originally being called "Slipping backwards" - The lyrics in the end "I'm pokerfaced, I take it my way, you're slipping backwards falling more undone." We wanted the video to look cool and sexy such as the use of neon lights in the studio, throwing smoke bombs inside the mannequin and throwing stuff around in general really, but the end goal being that it gets put into reverse in post production.

What is the message the video is trying to convey?
The message becomes quite clear once you see the reveal in the end of the video. That being, she takes an extra terrestrial something which explains the overall behaviour. I wanted the video to be messy and always having eye capturing moments all to imply that it's not a clean track!

Interview feature by Karla Harris