Most people would annihilate their significant other if they were required to spend 22 hours a day together with the other two hours set aside for bathroom breaks. There have always been pop culture references to Star Wars and I just never get it. Maybe I should just watch it to get the jokes already. After dating for about two years, the couple decided to form a band together despite one problem: Neither knew how to play an instrument. Not ones to allow a lack of musical knowledge to interfere with their ambitions, Matt picked up a keyboard while Kim opted to become a percussionist with the drums. We had a little trouble getting hold of you this week because you and Kim were bunkered up in the studio. We were out in Atlanta for the last seven weeks, I think. And we just got home a few days ago.
Director's Cut is a Pitchfork News feature in which we chat with music video directors about their creations. The men and women behind the camera are often overlooked in today's YouTube era, but this feature aims to highlight their hard work while showcasing the best videos currently banging around the internet. A little behind-the-scenes dirt couldn't hurt, too. For this edition, we focus on Matt and Kim 's indecent exposure extravaganza for Grand single "Lessons Learned", which finds the indie-pop duo baring it all in the middle of Times Square. Without warning. In the middle of winter. It's incredible. We talked with co-directors Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault, along with the stars of the video, to find out how they barely got away with streaking in front of tourists and small children in one of the world's most famous neighborhoods. Watch the video and read the interview after the jump:. MJ: We were totally nude.
The band has a simple test for evaluating their concepts: can you boil the pitch down to just one curiosity-piquing sentence? So releasing a video that features the two of them getting into a shockingly brutal fight seemed a little off brand — at least at first. On previous tours, she used to crawl onto the crowd and get down to Major Lazer while fans held her up. It doesnt make any sense! Next, they asked fans to play those videos on iPads and tablets held in front of their faces — and to film themselves while they pretend to perform. Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan.