"The song is the moodiest one on my record, and my nickname is Muffy so Tim Chaisson's guitar player rightly coined it "muffy metal"," says Shaw with a giggle, "when the director and I sat down to talk concepts we knew we wanted the visual tone to match the sonic tone and that lead us to a Mad Men meets Hitchcock romantic thriller. We wanted to evoke a sense of danger while keeping things sexy and playing with the ideas of destiny & control."
"As an artist I'm all about collaboration and with the band performance shot I thought it would be cool to ask my guitar player Kori's band Speedo Tuxedo to be in it," explains Shaw. "I've certainly benefitted from the exposure Gordie Johnson has offered me with Big Sugar; Speedo Tuxedo have just moved to Toronto from out west so I thought I'd pay it forward."
Connell has been producing and directing since 2001 through his production company Toolkit Productions, however, "Stars" was his first music video. Now in pre-production, he is currently directing a short film called Kissing Drew supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
"You may recognize my "love interest" in the video Harmon Walsh," points out Shaw, "we stole him from Gossip Girl, and yes, he is that good looking in person too. It just isn't fair."
Meredith Shaw "Stars" video: http://youtu.be/28A8NR8rq6o
Behind the Scenes: http://youtu.be/fFG1ykFKNws