Indie-psych rocker Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, has quickly became one of our favorite artists this year. More than just an amazing live performer, Zuli’s original guitar-rock sound is even more apparent when paired with his signature music videos. His latest release, “Forget My Name,” being yet another example. The video is an adventurous love story and includes some of the most extraordinary use of drone footage I’ve seen in a music video. Recently, we spoke with the New York-based artist about it.
Play Too Much: Alright, so tell us – why did you choose this song and how did you come up with the video concept
Zuli: ‘Forget’ is essentially at its core about heartbreak. Being unsure of where you’re going and where the feelings you once had will be when you move on. After listening a few times, Dave and I thought, “maybe being on the road could be symbolic of this idea.” Boy on the west coast longs for girl on the east coast. Unsure of where they’re going and trying to escape their feelings. Escaping from the things they don’t want to dwell on.” So since this idea was reflective of my personal life, we continued to shoot as we traveled, and had our good friend and collaborator Chris La Rosa shoot with my girlfriend Alli to coincide with the footage we had.
PTM: Very coo. I think that’s what I like most about it, is that you can feel the separation between the two characters in the video. Where was this video filmed? Give us an idea of the day(s).
Zuli: The video was shot all over the country. Anytime we had an off day or wanted to explore, we would shoot to see what we could come up with down the road. We didn’t think any of it was going to be made into a music video. We just wanted to take advantage of all these different landscapes and see what we could come up with. After re-watching the video, these are the different cities that came to mind ,Montaulk, NY – New Orleans, LA – Phoenix, AZ – Portland, OR – Olympia, WA – Park City, UT
PTM: Beautiful. It’s especially cool to see that list of cities because those are places that really are associated with being some of the most beautiful places in our country. What was the hardest part and most fun part to film?
Zuli: I’d say the drone shots at the end. It took us a little while to find a road empty enough for me to climb on top of the car, and even still there were plenty of drivers lecturing us as we passed about how dangerous the whole thing was. It was fun in a “haha don’t go too fast or I could break my arm and we’ll have to cancel the rest of the tour” kind of way.
PTM: Ha! Right on. Who do you want to shout out for helping make this video possible?
Zuli: The guys of Genmotion of course, Dave Fitz, Chris La Rosa and John Talty. My lovely girlfriend Alli Sagiv for always helping me out when I need her most, and the Conlon family for letting me ride on top of their van, as well as letting the guys and I run their poor sweet van into the ground after 7 long weeks.