[Photo Credit: Sam San Roman]
Today we're premiering the Moses Moreno-directed video from LA-based artist morgxn
. Called "carry the weight," the song is a soulful anthem with gospel backing vocals and a sense of love and hope that is so needed right now. morgxn's debut album vital
is set to arrive next month on May 18th via Wxnderlost Records/Hollywood Records and you can pre-save it on Spotify here
. In addition to that, he's set to play Lollapalooza, Firefly Festival, and Cayuga Sound this summer. Find all upcoming dates here
. We also had the opportunity to ask the artist a few questions about the video, which you can read in full below.
Can you explain the video?
sometimes the only way to stand up for yourself is to grab a metaphorical sledgehammer and smash the metaphorical car.
What inspired the clip?
the women's march. march for our lives. black lives matter. pride. any marginalized group of people learning that their voice matters and that one single voice can and will change the course of human history. emma gonzalez. martin luther king. being alive gives me hope.
How important do you think visuals are when they come into play with music?
i can't really answer that. they are each unique processes and i try not to marry the two. i think a great visual can elevate a great song. i think more about the emotion when i'm writing a song. and then think more about the story when i'm conceptualizing a video. it also gives me more room to be creative and not feel tied to one point of view. songs morph over time. why i write it may be different than why i continue to sing it. they're both vital thoughts for me.
How does your poem/lyrics (below) come in to play with the song/video?
"you can read me my right to
tell me who i belong to
you can bury my strength
but if it's love it will find you
give you more to hold on to
it will carry the weight"
you can give me every version of who you think i'm supposed to be but i will rise. i will take everything you throw at me and turn it into love. i will be anchored so deeply in myself so that when the wind comes you are the one that will fall but i will stand my ground.
What inspired the song?
i have a lot of voices in my head that probably came from a time in my life where i felt like being different made me wrong. i have suffered trying to measure up to a standard that doesn't exist. whether it's a boy trying to make his father proud ... to a kid trying to be as athletic as the other kids. who i am is a messy beautiful place. but add to it that we are so often told what it means to be beautiful or what it means to be successful. that to find it on your own is the journey of becoming. i finished the lyric after participating in the first women's march in nyc with my mom and brother. i got called a faggot by some man walking in the opposite direction. but what hurt the most was that i wasn't hurt by it. i brushed it off. but as i thought about that powerful day ... i couldn't help but wonder where are the words for standing up for yourself? in the simplest way why had i never learned to stand up for myself? why had i let this man color my march when i'm the one with the fucking rainbow.
Was it fun smashing a car?