The Band Explains: Spritely - 'Miles' (Video)
Featuring interpretative dance and intimate emotion, Jillian Lavin of Spritely speaks to us about the creativity and inspiration behind her powerful visuals for moving single, 'Miles'.
'Miles' is taken from Spritely's EP 'A Little Bit Broken' and our review of the single can be found here.
Where was the video for 'Miles' filmed?
At the Zemeckis Center, a USC film studio.
How does the video/ footage compliment the song?
I wanted to make something that would convey the mental state of both me and the subject. Since the issue (depression) is so internal, the video consisted of me acting out the song and Neaz dancing—no plot line, just a jarring display of emotion.
Any behind the scenes stories?
Security almost wouldn’t let us into the studio; there was some scheduling mix up and they thought we didn’t have permission. So there was a lil panic moment, but after some *choice words* by Sam, we got in.
Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
This video was very influenced by Sia’s recent content (ft. Maddie Ziegler). I absolutely love that her beautiful dance routine is performed with such a crazed, manic edge. That exaggeration of beauty and hysteria were the key elements of the 'Miles' music video. The costume, the coloring, and Neaz’s grace represented the love I had for my friend and the beauty I was trying to show her. On the other hand, our crazed performances reflected the horror that is depression, and the level of desperation I felt to get through to her.
What is the message you hope people take away from watching the vid?
I hope that 'Miles' inspires people to be vulnerable, to have an emotional check-in with themselves, and to give their hearts the credit they deserve. Though the big story behind the song isn’t relatable to everyone, I hope that by telling it I’m breaking some sort of social barrier (you know how it is: when someone says “how are you?” you say “good!” because it would be awkward to say anything else). Also, I hope that by turning tragedy into art, I help others see their struggles from a different perspective.