We've all fallen down the Google black hole, only to emerge hours later with some super obscure knowledge but no real clue where the time went. But few of us can claim music video inspiration from it, as Hot As Sun can.
The L.A.-based three-piece were brainstorming ideas for the "Dahnce To The Beat" visuals, and settled upon tap dancers to pair with the syncopated track. "Through a random Internet search for tap dancers in L.A., we found Chester Whitmore," explains Hot As Sun's lyricist, megaphonist (yes), and visual artist Deborah Stoll. She adds, "Let me tell you about Chester: The man is part real, part myth. It's rumored he doesn't sleep. He has the most positive energy of anyone anywhere, ever. He's a Smithsonian honoree who has worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Michael Jackson." To the band's surprise, Whitmore agreed to choreograph and perform a dance for the music video, and a week later they began shooting.
Listen to the song and the serendipitous connection doesn't seem that surprising at all. For one thing, the band is irrepressibly upbeat--their '60s doo-wop meets electro-pop sound seems custom-made for sonic fairytales and happy-endings (you can hear it all on March 26, when Hot As Sun's debut album Night Time Sound Desire comes out via Last Gang Records). It's also their mentality when it comes to making music. As Stoll puts it, "We wanted to write a 'dance' song that didn't take itself seriously and that made you want to dance--so the video had to do the same."
The entire video was shot at L.A.'s Hyperion Tavern over the course of nine hours, during which much champagne was drunk and tacos eating (there was a food truck stationed outside). "The whole thing felt a bit like a really weird dream that you had a very set amount of time to enjoy before waking up," says Stoll.
But there's no real need to wake-up--just watch the video on repeat to keep dreaming (or, perhaps, dancing).
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS