Live, is the brand new track by HoZ off the album 8th Wonder releasing August 8th. The new music video was directed by Chris Aran produced by Mario Gonzalez and Lensed by Jon Fordham. Shot entirely using the Freefly MoVI M10 system allowing for fluidity in movement.
HoZ, Chris Aran, and Mario Gonzalez Live
Mario Gonzalez is one of the nicest people on the planet. I met Mario through our mutual friend Sway Mendez who produces music videos for people like Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. I’ve known Sway for years and on one of his music video jobs, I bumped into Mario.
We became friends and kept in touch. After a few jobs together Mario discovered some of the music videos I’d directed for theBREAX, particularly the one I did for Ruslan called Good Morning. He liked my work and asked if I could help him finish a few shots on a video they were doing for HoZ at the time.
Another mutual friend of ours Joell Peralta who goes by the moniker JFilms and does a ton of work in his own right, had begun the project but had to leave town for work before the project was completed, leaving Mario with a deadline and an incomplete video. So I showed up on a rooftop with my Glidecam and Canon 5D3 and one Arri 750 open face light and shot a bunch of backlit performance for him.
Mario loved it, Joell returned from his job, cut the new footage in and the video was completed.
Mario Gonzalez produces Live for HoZ while he works for G-Unit
I went on to do a few other gigs and in the meantime Mario Gonzalez had taken up a job at G-Unit. After a few months working there he called me up and said he really wanted to push his artist HoZ into the next level and wanted to do another video but with a different approach.
Mario showed up at my place and played several tracks from an album they were putting together. One of those songs was Live. I told him I would love to do any of the videos provided they didn’t fall into the typical money, drugs, flashy cars etc… stereotypes. That stuff obviously sells but I don’t think the world needs more of the same stuff. He was happy I had no desire to go in that direction.
We discussed a few ideas that were a bit out of his budget range but settled on something that was visually simple but technically challenging to pull off for Live. The second time Mario Gonzalez came over, he brought HoZ with him and we sat and talked about how we’d approach a real production. HoZ was pretty enthusiastic about the idea we came up with for Live, so we ran with it.
You can find out how we finally got down to pulling off the video for Live in Making the Music Video, Part 2 coming next.