Local film company Dreamstorm Productions will unveil their first music video Friday, April 7 at Brix Pub & Pizza in Tumon, according to a news release.
Guam born and raised artist Jed Antonio wrote and produced his original single, “The Low,” featuring local singer Charlotte, which has seen plenty of airtime on local and stateside radio stations. The hip-hop track, about a “low-key” relationship, also boasts more than 160,000 plays on music streaming site Spotify, according to the release.
“I wrote the track by reflecting on some of my past relationships, and I also found inspiration from experiences some of my friends went through,” Antonio says. “This project has been a year in the making, and I cannot wait for our island of Guam to see how much work we put in this music video. It will definitely be a game changer.”
The group showed a sneak peak of the video to a crowd of hundreds of hipsters in February at the opening of local clothing store Long Live. The crowd agreed it was fire, according to the release.
“The making of the music video was definitely a challenge, but the outcome was well worth it. Jed and Charlotte are artists with great potential and amazing talent,” says director Niel Romero. “They did an exceptional job telling a universal story through their lyrics, so instead of doing a narrative, I went with a more visual route. I wanted to take this opportunity to be experimental and create aesthetic images. My goal was to give off this tumblr-ish vibe and I believe we did just that.”
According to the release, Antonio teamed up with Dreamstorm and from concept to finished product, spent about a year working together.
“For a project with a minimal budget, we still managed to make our vision into reality,” says project manager Erani Zuniga. “Putting it all together had its challenges, but it’s amazing to see what we can create with teamwork and passion.”
When conceptualizing the video, Director of Photography Justin Baldovino says they focused on eye-catching colors and visuals.
“We themed the whole visual aesthetic of the music video around the artists being inside of an old school television set. From poppy saturated colors to cosmic background shifts; this video is definitely a treat for the human eye.” says Baldovino.
Dreamstorm Executive Producer JD Iriarte says while he hopes the locals enjoy the video for what it is, but also hopes it will push Guam’s music and film scene to continually grow.
“I believe that our team is pushing the envelope of innovation and production value with every project we do. This music video was no different; we incorporated some new techniques and experimented with some cutting edge ideas,” says executive producer JD Iriarte. “Our team is constantly evolving and adapting with each project, we truly dream impossible and create beyond. I hope this locally produced music video will inspire others to realize Guam’s potential.
The viewing party will also give attendees a sneak peak of Antonio’s and Dreamstorm’s second music video collaboration set to release in the next few months. – GuamPDN.com
IF YOU GO
What: “The Low” video release party by Jed Antonio
When: Friday April, 7 2017
Where: Brix Pub & Pizza, tumon, in the Blue Lagoon plaza
Time: VIP viewing 8-10 p.m. by Invite only, and 10 p.m. for general admission
Cost: $10 cover and $5 drink specials with live performances