Dallas native Michael McQuaid
is certainly making a name for himself in Nashville with his music right now, and his S.T. Davis-directed video for "26 Miles (featuring Hudson East)" is his latest project. It's aesthetically pleasing, with shots of the singer standing outside in the dark, his stunning love interest, and an anonymous hand dipping itself in black paint. "I had been thinking about doing a visual for '26 Miles' and my friend, S.T. Davis (who also directed my last video for 'Heartbreaker'), shot me a text that he was wanting to do another video with me. We met up and talked about visual elements we wanted in the song, and both agreed we wanted this 'tension' between myself and the girl."
"We got inspiration from some of Lana Del Rey's music videos and SOHN. S.T. is a genius, he had so many artistic ideas that I just fell in love with. Like the peach with the needles! The actress is the beautiful Jessica Amerson and she just brought it all together."
Davis also told us about his vision for the video, "It was an interesting process that I rarely get to do with my work. Usually, you know, it's very outlined in how we shoot these things. There's creative, but usually it's very formulaic. With Michael we were able to tackle different concepts in a more experimental art sense. We created what we felt as we felt it and we were never totally married to any one idea. Many times I'd be inspired by imagery or he would send me ideas and we'd begin a trial and error process. He trusted me a lot with creating the '26 Miles' video and what we ended up with was capturing a visual innuendo."
The visual pairs perfectly with the song, as they are both dark and sultry. McQuaid makes gorgeous soul-tinged R&B, and we're excited to see what he does next.