It’s officially summer and the Centerpiece singer/rapper ART A Reasonable Truth knows “the time is right” with the new summer anthem music video “SoCal Waves”. We won’t spoil the adventure yet, but you can read the interview with ‘Rory Man’ aka Trippy T below. Starring Anthony ‘Rory’ Tran and Karlee Marie, here’s the world premier video:
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Interview with ART A Reasonable Truth
What was your inspiration behind the track and now the video?
My inspiration for the song comes from a string of events. When I moved to the west coast, my friend Alicia visited me and we filmed our adventures at several iconic SoCal spots – that became the first season of My Vacation In LA and while editing, I had posted on social media the need for music. Billy Burton submitted 3 tracks and all 3 ended up on my debut album Centerpiece.
“I want to see you make a move like the waves of the ocean” – ART A Reasonable Truth
“SoCal Waves” is a love letter to California, how oceanic and beautiful it can be and how I want to join you on this journey and experience more now being here 4 years. The video features a girl on a farm who dreams about being in California and gets to share this time with me until she wakes up and finds a seashell on the farm. Not to spoil too much yet, but there’s a reason for the end and what could happen after.
Your album Centerpiece is a concept album. How will this translate in future videos?
I plan on doing each song and releasing Centerpiece music videos at different times and pieces. The videos will be released out of order; “SoCal Waves” is track 5. Once all the videos release, you can piece together the album’s story. From start to finish, I plan on doing big things with this project while having a fun, original visual album.
You’re naturally a film maker. What got you into music?
Music has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid. It went along with TV and movies. I just didn’t thoroughly explore it as much until I finished this album, though I have wanted an album out over several periods of my life. When I was about 8, I wrote parody songs being a Weird Al fan. In 2009 for our first major short film Duality, I wrote the eerie poetic song “Within” and performed and recorded it with the help of musician Izal Mane.
“‘SoCal Waves’ is a love letter to California.” – ART
I did another song after called “Mind ArC” for the Coexist film credits and released my first music video “(Unfreeze) 2012″/”Shimmer Of Longing” for an album I still plan on releasing called Belief System.
What will Belief System sound like in compared to this album?
Belief System is a more serious electronic/trance album which will have pop songs that are more inspirational. Centerpiece is a sonic adventure of a pop star on the rise wanting to take on the industry as to Belief System is how I view things more deeply and I am excited to share that in the future as I work on other tracks and films.
We have to know, what are your favorite songs on the album?!
Each song holds a special place with me as they are all unique and tell different stories as a connective piece. I’d say moreso my favorites do come to last tracks like “Trip Zone”, “Jubilant Soul” and “Le Movies” as those were written lastly and more recently, so I had a lot more to share and say in Decemeber 2017 when they were being recorded. Some people may not favor the bubblegum fun pop of the first few tracks or so, but those songs lead to a level of growth that really conclude the album and is begging for a part 2. On this album, the first half is fun, the second half is more mature and “SoCal Waves” nears the halfway point.
What was it working with Karlee Marie?
Karlee Marie is fantastic to work with. She’s positive, motivated and really shined in the video with me. She literally was 20 turning 21 the week we filmed and there are Easter eggs in the video. I’m sure she’ll never forget hitting this milestone while filming and the lyrics speak to her and all generations: “Let’s go far / No one can tell us we can’t make it”. She made me laugh a lot and I can’t wait to work with her again.
Tell us some fun facts and secrets put into the making of “SoCal Waves”.
Okay: The Red Carpet is similar to the one I walked at The Silver Fox as cinematographer of MÆRY QUEENS. Long Beach is where I’ve been residing for the last 3 years. The beach performance footage is mostly shot in OC at Redondo and Hungtintgon Beach. Karlee Marie was cast not even a week before the shoot. People wanted to be in the video and even asked us about the song while we were filming around Rainbow Harbor. It was a very fun experience! Oh, and every meeting and meal seemed to include tacos. (Laughs)
Director: Bobby Duncan
Producer: Anthony Tran and Charlie Harris
Cinematographers: Cody Williams and Christopher Anthony
Starring Anthony ‘Rory’ Tran, Karlee Marie, Charlie Harris, Sal Vega, Jessica Larkin, Tony Soto and more.
Hair/Make-up/Wardrobe: Amy Casazza
VFX: Tony Soto
Special Thanks to Hamlet for the Homeless and CXL Photography.
Filmed in the City of Long Beach, Orange County, The Silver Fox and Mystic Canyon Stables.