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Audio mixing and mastering by Matt PFV.
Video editing by Matt PFV.
Filming by Keith Kline.
Directed by Matt PFV.
Actors: Matt PFV and David Elekes.
Here's a little more about what this song/video actually represents! --
The whole point of this song and video in general is NOT just to "rap crazy bars" or show you a "cool video." I had more of an underlying moral, a plot, and a metaphor all packed inside the chamber.
This is not just a game of Russian Roulette, and I implore you to listen thoroughly and think a little deeper. There's more than face value-
In this video, you will see me, PFV, playing a game of Russian Roulette with a man in business casual attire. The man I am playing this deadly game with is not only just "a guy in the video" he is representing the corporate side of the music industry. He represents everything that we as the independent artists start out looking up to. Who we seek that "major deal" from.
What do I represent? Funny you should ask- I represent the independent artist (or any kind of business owner for that matter) in the scenario who is willing to put it all on the line to accomplish his dreams and win the "game" he is playing. The person who is so confident, that he is willing to risk it all- even his life.
Throughout the film, you will notice a gradual change in my character. I become more confident and sure of myself, (as you will see when I grab the gun and place it to my forehead with a smile). The character across from me starts out hesitant, yet confident, and becomes more nervous and unsure as the game goes on. This symbolizes the way these "major" companies or individuals begin to react when a strong independent force is placed against them that isn't holding back.
Through the middle of the film, you will see the man across from me point the gun to my head with a thought to eliminate me, to cheat. I taunt him and play on his cowardice and indecisive behavior. He backs down and hands the gun to me- so the ball is in my court once again.
After a potentially deadly back and forth motion, I finally have all of the confidence I need, and I have found out that this man or entity is NOT what it once seemed to be. This man was going to kill me instead of playing the game fairly, but he backed down. It's a tale of what happens in the music industry- all too frequently.
In the end the tables have turned and I have realized that with my drive and confidence, I don't need to play the game. I can eliminate this man or entity entirely and just focus on myself. Where he had faltered, I will not.
The closing scene will hint to the death of the man across from me at my hand. I took the risk, and found that the game wasn't what I thought it would be. I ended it on my terms, and now the world is at my fingertips.
I think Funk Volume said it best, "Independent Living and we're still moving."
There are many other things to be taken from this song/ video and it can all be correlated to MANY different issues and energy struggles in life.
Just remember- confidence is key and ALWAYS be willing to take that risk. Be willing to put it all on the line. You can do whatever you put your mind to, and don't let anyone tell you different!