Forbidden Pleasure

I’ve always been drawn to the “oldies”, music from the 50’s, 60, 70’s and 80’s.  This is when music was pure, inventive and untainted from our new friend auto-tune.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of today’s artists and music, but find myself listening to 80’s music and the oldies more often than not.

I wrote and produced “Forbidden Pleasure” when I was 22.  It was my first attempt to capture a retro sound with a lot of different genres and only my second attempt as a producer.

I wanted to play with the idea of mixing pop, dance, salsa, disco and 80’s all into one song and of course the video had to match the sound.  In other words, I didn’t take myself too serious when it came to using bubble gum lyrics or funny content in the video (IE: “the peeping-tom”).  I’m not saying that the song or the video is meant to be a spoof or a joke, but I’m also not saying that I was 100% serious with it either.  Ultimately, it was a chance to try something new and think outside the box.

The video was shot in Nashville in October 2012.  We shot the video in 3 days and took a week to edit it.  Learning some of the new production tools created some exciting challenges for me. I am a bit of a computer geek, so it didn’t take long to teach myself the basics. My friend Lollievox , who is an artist, songwriter and music producer as well, helped me to shoot and edit the video.

We got our inspiration from old movies, as well as Madonna, Kate Nash and Lana Del Ray videos. It’s fantasy, it’s provocative, and it’s retro eye candy.  The peeping tom adds to the story line of a girl wanting to be the sexy woman being watched and admired as she explores her inner desires.

Currently I am working with Lollievox and a DJ in London on a new Dance song we all wrote.  This one is not retro and has a bit of a Kesha meets Nicki Minaj feel to it.

This song will be released on iTunes at the end of April. Be watching for the video.

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