Watsky - Midnight Heart (ft. Mal Devisa)

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Watsky ft. Mal Devisa- Midnight Heart [x Infinity]


Mal Devisa

Director, editor—Carlos López Estrada
Midnight Heart written by George Watsky, Anderson .Paak & Michael “Wax” Jones
Produced by Anderson .Paak & Kush Mody
Drums- Jøshua Dun
Mixed by Andrew Oedel
Mastered by Howie Weisenberg & Gentry Studer

Video producer—Kimberly Stuckwisch
Director of photography—Albert Salas

Executive producers—Ian Blair & Kimberly Stuckwisch for DIKTATOR
Executive producers—Corinna Martínez & Alonso Mejía Silva for Contenido Neto Producciones
Choreographer & Referee—Jillian Meyers 
Red corner boxer— Matt Joseph Peacock
Stunts—Juan Cruz García

Production designer—Fernanda Guerrero
Special FX—Jordan Allen
Sound design—Michael O’Connor

1ST AD— Elena Fajardo
Production manager— Hernán Mejía Silva
Production coordinator— Karina Lozano Salazar
1st AC—Miguel Argumedo
2nd AC—Antonio Torres
Video assist—Daniel Campos Garro
Video assist assistant—Brayan Alexis Torres Calamateos
Data managers—Edwin Esmeral & Karla Torrero Russo
Producer’s assistant—Tim Ferrari
PA’s—Avelino Lugo Martínez & Irving Riojas
Runner—Ximena Delgado
Locations manager—Ricardo Ramírez
Locations assistant—Carlos Olvera

Makeup artist—Sandra Miguelli
Makeup assistant—Zelene Fernández
Wardrobe design & stylist—Fernanda Vélez
On-set assistant—Carmen Delfín

Gaffer—Armando “Conejo” Herrera
Staff—Israel Herrera, Karim Alarcón Ayala & Arturo Martínez
Techno crane operators—Fernando Salazar, Ricardo Rojas & Ismael Díaz
Generator op—Víctor Cañada Mercado
Gear truck op—Agustín Rosales
Gear truck assistant—Francisco Galán
Dimmer op—Rubén Fuentes
Lights op—Luis Bernal
Dolly op—Fernando Castillo
Truss rigger—Alberto Betanzos
Lead man—Fernando Gómez
Decorator—Alberto Guerrero
Swing—Jorge Villafuerte

Transportation services—Santiago Ayala Ramírez
Drivers—Luis Enrique Morales & Carlos García
Security—Omar Cuadra
Catering by Sopa de Letras—Guadalupe De Luis Gonzalez, Yolanda Villeda, Concepción Maxtha, Antonio Maxtha & Samantha Jimenez
BOXING RING and BOXING BOOTS BY CLETO REYES®-- Cleto Reyes Coordinator Jazmín Pelaes
Poster designs—Carrie Smith


Watsky is a lyricist through and through. He’s part of a rare breed nowadays, and his lyrical dexterity and content stems from his early career as a poet, winning the National Youth Poetry Slam at the Apollo Theater and appearing on the final season of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO. He’s long released underground hip-hop and turned in great efforts with 2013’s Cardboard Castles LP and 2014’s Anderson .Paak-produced All You Can Do. After taking a hiatus and turning to prose with the essay collection How To Ruin Everything, he’s back with another heady Anderson .Paak-produced jam called “Midnight Heart,” taken from his latest effort x Infinity out later this month. The song is a piano-driven hard-hitter with big slapping drums with Mal Devisa lends some punk thunder on the hook and Watsky switching between rapid-fire cadences and contemplative flows. The video features Watsky battling it out in the boxing ring with some clever choreography involving his opponent and the referee. It’s a very fitting visual for a song about perseverance. He’s what Watsky had to say about how everything came together:

Between all the people who worked on the song and video, “Midnight Heart” is the track on my album I can take the least credit for. I rewrote my verses three times because I wanted to make sure my lyrics were up to the quality of the rest of the song elements. I love the production, and Mal Devisa, with her versatility switching between the punky shouting sections and the choruses, is one of my favorite features ever. When I started brainstorming with the video director, Carlos Lopez Estrada–who I’ve been a fan of for a while– we always pegged this song as one to go big for. I did four rehearsals with the choreographer Jillian Meyers and the co-star Matt before we started shooting, and wanted to make it clear to everyone watching that this was a project we were committed to, and were willing to put in many many hours for. So anything good about this song I can never claim as fully my own. But working on it was everything I love about being an artist– collaborating with a bunch of creative talents, committing fully, and coming together to make something awesome. And that’s really the message of the song– pushing back against the segment of “the industry” that often prizes the product over the process.
-- Stereogum

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