These two music videos that I have created capture the essence of one of the 909's most often overlooked facets: It's amazing nature. Now, I use the word "nature" as loosely as possible because the videos here focus on two completely different aspects of the 909's natural beauty; the first one, quite literally, is an homage to the insect and the second, a deep study into the psyche of the suburban 909er.
Music video #1, "Insex", was shot entirely by me as I spent one day in the mountains of Mt. Baldy capturing all of its natural beauty, from the huge, panoramic scenery of the behemoth rocks themselves, down to the tiniest of creatures that also share this community of ours. The message in this film is one intended to open peoples eyes to the unique nature of the 909; I see the 909 as a sort of insect in way, compared to the more popular locations of the Los Angeles area, the nature of the 909 is often ignored and this film sheds light on that.
Music video #2, "I Dream High", was shot entirely by me as well outside and inside my home in the suburb of Claremont. This video embraces that loosely-based definition of nature that I spoke of earlier. Nature in the suburban 909 is still nature however and just as beautiful, only different; here we see the themes of movement and community struggle alongside the epic nature that is the 909. If the first music video centers on a visual experience of the 909, this second one takes a look inside the psyche of someone from the 909.
In summary, these two music videos, as seen back-to-back, demonstrate a clear picture of what it's like to live in this wonderful part of California. I consider myself very fortunate to have been raised in the 909 and I think it shows in the way that I portray our community, namely with a profound love and respect for its nature.
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