Harlem Native recording artist HoZ is back with Producer Mario Gonzalez and director Chris Aran. They team up to shoot the latest music video Kill Em, a track off the 8th Wonder album. Kill Em will be the second collaboration between Chris Aran and HoZ
HoZ sees the Crown, shoots Kill Em – Chris Aran Directs
I got together for the second time with recording artist HoZ to shoot the latest video Kill Em. My last collaboration with both Mario and HoZ was for the track Live which has been getting plenty of airtime and praise on MTV and VH1. It felt great to see it get some airtime and know that the fans love it.
Mario approached me about doing another video for HoZ. The tracks we talked about doing were for “Dumb” or the track “Crown” We decided on Crown and were set to cast Smoothini The Ghetto Houdini from Americas Got Talent as a guest character.
Mario and I got together to do a small test shoot as a proof of concept for Crown. We set up shop at a few locations and began screen testing HoZ. The test shots looked great and eventually we shot performances for multiple songs off the 8th Wonder album just to practice HoZ screen presence.
JP came out as well and helped us nail down some performance issues and discussed a few ideas for several of the video concepts we had on the table. By the end of the night somehow, I’d signed on to shooting the next day.
Kill Em with HoZ – The Crown is still in sight
Everyone was so excited about what we were shooting, Mario asked if I could come out the following day and shoot a simple video for HoZ in a warehouse in Yonkers. The track wasn’t very long and the location reminded me a bit of the one I’d shot in for Morning Glory’s I Am Machine Gun video. So of course I agreed.
We reached the building and had to be cautious with our approach. Once again, guerrilla filmmaking at its best. I used the MoVI M10 and a 5D mark 3 to shoot the video, and for what we were doing, they were the perfect tools. Small, lightweight and incredibly smooth.
The lyrics for Kill Em supported the broken down backgrounds and natural decay of the location. The walls and rooms all seem to have been frequented by graffiti artists leaving they’re mark. Which by a stroke of good fortune, during one of our performance shots, two of them happened to walk right in.
We asked the two artists who preffered to remain nameless if we could film them while they worked. They went a step further and offered to create a custom piece just for us to use in the video. We lucked out and HoZ got his own wall piece tailored specifically for the track Kill Em. It was a great experience watching the graffiti guys work.
To me, thats what real artists do. Sometimes we work solely based on the passion for what we do. So, to the unnamed artists and those like them out there, I extend my tremendous gratitude.
Part way into the shooting, Mario stepped on a nail that protruded through a wooden board. We all stopped when we heard him shout out. Luckily it only broke the surface of his skin but we all knew we needed to get him out of there soon to get it looked at.
We shot a bit more throughout the building then left to get Mario attention for his foot. He was a trooper throughout the process. In situations like this, safety truly come first. Although we were cautious and very conscious of our environment, sometimes accidents happen. A brief hospital visit and he was fine and ready for the next shoot.
HoZ, Mario Gonzalez, JP, and myself may have shot Kill Em before Crown, but that video is still on the table. With three videos coming from HoZ it’s the season of the 8th Wonder album. Keep up with more info on Kill Em, Crown and anything HoZ related by signing up below! More photos and info coming soon!
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