Julia Michaels, who had a No. 1 song as a co-writer with Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and has credits on recent albums by Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani, reveals in her debut EP that she is as a gifted enough singer and confession-inclined enough songwriter, that leaving out the middleman was definitely the way to go. We teamed up with Pedro Chaves of Dream Journey Studios to film and edit her lyric video for ‘Issues’.
Pedro’s concept was to create a constant linear motion, while showing a mixture of issues that our characters have to deal with including; addiction, intimidation, and self-loathing. We shot over three days in London, at a multitude of locations, including three separate sunrises at Primrose Hill, before taking the footage back to our edit suite in Tunbridge Wells, remotely cutting the content to share between Pedro in Ghent and Republic Records in New York.
As “Issues” achieved stratospheric success, she quietly assembled what would become the “mini-album,” writing and producing alongside frequent collaborators such as Mattman & Robin [Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Hailee Steinfeld], Justin Tranter [Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez], and more in L.A. In addition to “Issues,” the follow-up single “Uh Huh”—which earned early praise from Time, V Magazine, and many others—paved the way for the release of Nervous System. Slipping from acoustic guitar into a rush of electronic production and a chantable chorus, the track captures a fleeting and fiery moment.
“It’s about wanting the person you want to make the move,” she explains. “He hasn’t yet, so you’re like, ‘Shit, should I just do it myself?’ You don’t know how he feels though. It’s this weird tension. When that move does happen, it’s the most magical and pure feeling in the world. That’s something we can all relate to.”
Director: Pedro Chaves
DoP, Editor: Marcus Bird
Colourist: Alexandre Nerzic
Producer: Tim Willrich
1st AD: Audelia Rowe
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