Josh Wantie today reveals the music video for his latest single ‘Savanna’ ahead of his ‘Lifeline EP’ release this coming Friday 31st January.
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“’Savanna’ is a catchy pop ballad written for my wife. She inspired me to write an upbeat love song instead of the traditional slow ballad. It describes the influence she has had on my life,” and Wantie, recently married to his beautiful Savanna, releases the video on her birthday which makes for quite a gift.
The concept for the video itself strays from romance theme and takes on a different angle. “I came up with the video concept after seeing the many homeless people in London as well as the vibrant busking scene. One day in central London, whilst watching a busker leaving his pitch, I noticed him throw some money into a homeless person’s tin, and was immediately struck by this act and the idea came to me for a video. This act of generosity stuck with me and was the premise for the video,” comments Wantie, who also stepped in as director for the first time.
Seeing this act of immense selflessness take place, Wantie enjoyed sitting in the director’s chair and turning what he had experienced into a music video. “This is the first of my videos that I myself have directed and thought it was overall a great experience. Having creative control of not only the music was an awesome experience. Trying to translate an idea in my head to a videographer was a challenge, but overall I’m really happy with the result.”
Actors Kadeem Akinyimi (dancer/busker in the video) and Brian Stewart (the homeless man) are both working actors in London and have been in a number of feature films and notable projects, such as Halcyon Heights and Gangsters Gamblers Geezers.
Wantie had additional input from Kadeem who is also a videographer, making for an interesting setup during the filming of the video. Wantie recalls the shoot, saying “Kadeem dialled in the settings and shot many of his dance scenes himself. The rest was done on locked off shots with gambles and tripods, and with the supervision of Christo Patricios and myself.”
‘Savanna’ is heart-warming music video and celebrates the power of human kindness. Watch it here: