NYC electronic rock project Dangerous Muse, led by charismatic songwriter and vocalist Mike Furey, has released a “visual offering” for their new single “Fame Kills.” Part music video, part surrealist fashion event, and part conceptual art happening, it’s a a startling look into the mind of one of downtown’s most interesting personalities. Be prepared, though: The song doesn’t start until about two minutes into the video. So get comfortable and enjoy the splashy visual fireworks.
Here’s Mike Furey talking to WeTheUrban about the video:
Where did Fame Kills come from? How was the idea for the video conceived?
Fame Kills is from the Dangerous Muse “RED” EP, available now on iTunes. I remember writing the song at a time when I was feeling trapped by popular conventions. I wanted to experiment with a longer form, to tell a story (the full version is 7 minutes). I drank a bottle of red wine in my apartment on the Upper East Side and let my stream of consciousness go without judgement. My previous mantra for writing songs had been to expand an instant feeling into a three-to-four minute expression. But Fame Kills plays with time differently; It’s story spans several years in minutes—a kind of counterpoint to what has come before. The concept for the video—high fashion industrial dystopia—sprang out of a larger film collaboration between myself, director Eric Miclette, and creative director, Love Bailey.
What is the plot for this video?
The lyric tells a story of a girl set out in search of fame who loses her sense of self in the process and a boy who goes after her in attempt to remind her of who she is before all is lost. The video is a non-narrative series of vignettes.
What’s next for you?
On August 21st, we will perform in London for the first time! Get tickets here: http://dangerousmuse.brownpapertickets.com. In the Fall we will go on tour with Erasure as direct support for their Lone Star dates. GREEN, our next EP, is also on the horizon. More info here: www.dangerousmuse.com.
Read the whole interview at WeTheUrban