Behind the Video for "Blonde Girl" by SEXTRAP
Saskatoon-based artist SEXTRAP delivers his take on the visuals for “Blonde Girl” and his mysterious persona.
SEXTRAP definitely has a unique style and aesthetic when it comes to the execution of his art. With ELEVEN03’s in-house videographer, Ryan Oman (E03RUSTGOD), the two were able to construct an intense feeling surrounding the already chilling track “Blonde Girl”. Being the first video from the artist we get an understanding of the direction and vibe that SEXTRAP aims to achieve.
In its simplicity, the video displays raw emotion and energy with minimal deterrence from the intenseness of the visuals. SEXTRAP commands your attention throughout the song, maintaining eye contact through the first phase of the song before witnessing something from inside reaching into his mind and pulling him away from his own awareness. The final shot shows the artist succumbing to his desires while still attempting to reach out through the void. However, this seems to be in vain as we pull away from the scene. The visual effects throughout the video are exciting and they succeed in enhancing the intensity of the video without leading the viewer astray or distracting them. This video is a dark window into the mind of the artist and I was able to speak with him and get his answers to the many questions I had below.
Where did the idea for the video come from?
It was almost a year ago when I had the initial idea of that last shot, (Where it’s zooming out and my face is projected on her back). A few of us were sitting around and started building off of that, before you know it we had storyboarded the whole thing.
What prompts these sort of mysterious/dark vibes that are present in your music?
I guess that’s just me! I’ve always been drawn to things that are ominous and scary so it just comes out that way.
Your style is extremely unique considering current trends in the music industry but I do notice a resemblance to the new-wave and dark-pop movement of the 80’s. Is this where you draw inspiration from?
Absolutely. I’ve always been fascinated with the tones and fashion of that era. It’s weird though, the first song I made, I hadn’t really dove into the 80s yet and it came out sounding quite close. Thanks universe.
What is the idea behind the name SEXTRAP?
It means a lot personally, but basically, it comes down to the things that haunt us or intrude our thoughts. Sometimes we can suppress or let go of those things but sometimes they can control your life. To me the name is an ongoing fight with those things.
It should be known that you also have a talent for your creativity when it comes to clothing design in the fashion industry as lead designer for ELEVEN03 and I am wondering where the similarities are between creating music and designing and creating clothing? What do you notice is different about the two?
I’m not sure there are a lot of similarities. I know it comes out with the same vibe (Dark, grungy, sexy) but the process is totally different. When I design its bright and I’m listening to classical or some really mellow stuff. And when I don’t get things right I’ll throw either myself or an object at the wall. When I write it’s late, dark, maybe a blue or red light and I’m super calm. That’s trippy now that I think of it.
“Blonde Girl” closes off with an eerie outro that feels as if you are trapped in a moment, crying for a release of some sort. I might be totally off on that so I wanted to know what your idea behind that portion of the song is.
Yea you got it. Maybe we all have a memory or person that is stuck in our head. I guess that’s just the musical version of those thoughts.
There is an obvious role that the drum tracks in each of your releases play as a focal point opposite the synths that pop into place from time to time. It seems as if the percussion is a very important part of the track and excels at carrying the songs. Is this purposeful or do you find yourself focusing on the melodies of each track and finding a drum pattern that works?
I sit down and start 20 songs and one might stick, drum part first melody second or the other way around. It really depends on the session. In this case with “Blonde Girl” the drums came first.
What do you hope is the take away from your music? What are you aiming for your listeners to feel?
Just that man, to feel something.
What is in store for 2019? Plans for any shows? Releasing more music, maybe an EP?
Yea I mean I’d love to do all of those things haha. I write almost every day and I’m working on figuring out how to take this to the stage.