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PREMIERE: Nick D & The Believers Release New Music Video For “Room Starts Shaking”

Capturing the energy of the likes of The 1975 and Fitz & The Tantrums, the video for Nick D & The Believers is as exciting as the song itself and give us a sneak peek of the band’s live presence, once you have seen the video, if you haven’t already, you would want to catch them live for sure. Watch it below:

In addition to the interview, the band had some time to talk about the single and taking us behind the filming of the music video and address their new EP.


Hi Nick, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks! We’ve been grand, thanks for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Room Starts Shaking”?

It all started one late night at the studio, after a rehearsal for a Third Eye Blind cover set a few of us were playing for a benefit. Joseph (guitar, keys, production), a friend of ours, George Barrie, and I started noodling around. Everyone was on a different instrument than their usual.

Joni Mitchell would de-tune her guitars when she was writing. She said she did it to “make herself stupid.” We added several beers to that approach and locked in on a groove we liked.

In the sober light of day, I really liked the “roooom starts shaking” hook and the “feel it in Jamaica” line. The chorus was pretty much there as is. We must’ve been drinking Red Stripe that night.

We built the story around that chorus hook. Why did the room start shaking? We briefly entertained the idea of some kind of natural disaster, but it felt like more of a fun dance cut. We decided to make it about a guy who’s “out for a rip,” as they say. He goes to a concert, loses his friends and ends up having a . . . “romantic adventure.” Joseph, who has produced all of our songs to date, worked his wizardry, and there it is.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s an amalgamation of several different experiences, stretching back to the foggy, college nights. More of an ill-begotten, night-on-the-town tale than something you’d want to write in your diary the next day.

How was the film experience?

Incredible! This was our first time collaborating with a sponsor for a music video and we wound up with some of the coolest, sweetest people you’d ever want joining your team. Columbus’ Gateway – University District, lead by Christiana Moffa and Kate Schroeder, made the “Room Starts Shaking” video possible.

Because of the sponsorship, we were able to hire a full crew. Kerry Henderson (guitar) is visual mastermind behind the band. He has directed, shot and edited all our videos thus far. Having him be able to delegate usual duties and be more focused on creativity was really awesome.

We shot the whole video in one very long day inside of World of Beer – High Street. About an hour in, we turned on an industrial-strength fog machine and it set off every fire alarm in the place. We found out later that had the alarms continued for another 30 seconds, the sprinklers would have started up all over our gear. We laughed plenty but safe to say, the fog machine remained outside for the remainder of the shoot.

We knew our actors were excellent dancers going in, but we couldn’t have anticipated how good the lead, James Sargent, would be at acting drunk. I started worrying he was as shined up as the character he was playing and that he wouldn’t make it through the shoot. I did a quick sniff-check on his glass. Dude had been drinking iced tea all day. Incredible.

John Thorne (camera operations) contributed some serious brilliance to this video. He and crew members, Kyle Stoner and Mikey Liesner, MacGyver-ed one of the cameras so that it was mounted to a long rod attached to our lead actor’s mid-section. All the shots where our lead is wobbling and reeling all over the place are result of this genius. Worked like a charm.

The director of this video, Beth Triffon, is an incredible actress living and working in L.A. She helped mastermind previous videos for “Throwing Stones” and “You Got That Love.” Having her direct was a new, cool experience, since her notes between takes consisted of much more than “don’t blink” or “don’t look right into the camera” or “hey, stop drinking my beer.”

I see many of your videos are all performances rather than narratives – why did you choose one format over the other? It depends on the song?

The song itself is such a clear, straightforward narrative. Problem is, in the track, everything works out pretty well for our protagonist. Doesn’t make for a very gripping music video. I think it was our manager who first mentioned this concept of “What if it only seems like he’s having a great night?” Riffing on that idea, the band came up with this what he thinks is happening vs. what’s actually happening portrayal of the track.

It definitely depends on the song. “Room Starts Shaking” gave us an opportunity for more storyline.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Most definitely! The new EP, Crown, premieres this Friday, September 9!

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely! The Fall Crown EP Tour starts this month. Info and tickets are available at www.nickdandthebelievers.com.

What else is happening next in Nick D’ and The Believers’ world?

For our next EP, we’re playing around with 8 to 9 songs that focus on one narrative and are accompanied by an extended video. We have the tunes mostly together, and now it’s just about making the video happen. We have an amazing team, so who knows? Maybe we’ll pull it off.




About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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