PREMIERE: Liberty Debuts Her Soulful 'Tattoo' Music Video
Singer-songwriter Liberty has one powerful voice, and her new music video, "Tattoo," is the perfect distillation of her abilities as a vocalist and lyricist.
The track is deep, soulful and emotionally revealing, and today, Sweety High has the great pleasure of premiering its new music video, as well as revealing what it truly means to the talented, rising artist.
Keep reading to find out what Liberty had to say about the fabulous track and its stunning video—and watch the video right here, first!
Sweety High: What was the songwriting process behind "Tattoo"?
Liberty: I began writing "Tattoo" after I moved from California to Texas. My producer, Remington Rafael, and I started writing this song immediately following my move. We took quite a bit of real-life experience into the songwriting process. This track has become an anthem for me, and I hope it will be an anthem for others as they pursue their dreams.
("Tattoo" via Liberty Music)
SH: Is the song based on a true story? What kind of emotions did you want to channel into this song?
Liberty: This song was very much inspired by my real-life experience. I had to lose a lot of friendships in the transition from California to Texas and I felt hurt by a lot of friends who didn't believe in me. When I made my decision to move, I left my senior year of high school and it was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make. I wanted this song to represent the struggle of leaving behind the voices of criticism and go towards those encouraging me to pursue my dreams.
SH: Do you have any advice for anyone dealing with judgment or criticism for being themselves and going after what they want?
Liberty: If you feel judged for being yourself or for pursuing your dreams, remember that those voices will soon become irrelevant to you as you evolve. I used to think the opinions of everyone around me were so important, but I quickly realized they only had power over me if I allowed them to. The moment you take back your power and you decide to love yourself and go for it, your critics lose their power. At the end of the day, you can be whoever or whatever you want and no one's opinion can get in the way of that. If you're happy with the person in the mirror, that is what matters.
SH: Where did the ideas and aesthetic for the music video come about?
Liberty: I created a mood board with tons of ideas for visuals and aesthetics for the video. My creative director and I discussed the idea of having a tattoo chair and a scene in which I got a tattoo. I wanted it to represent how I felt, like everyone's words and opinions were being tattooed on my skin and becoming a part of my identity.
("Tattoo" via Liberty Music)
SH: What was your favorite memory from the shoot?
Liberty: My favorite memory from the shoot was all the laughter and positive energy in the room. My entire team did an incredible job and I really enjoyed working alongside everyone and creating such a special project.
SH: How has the pandemic changed the way you make music, if at all? Has it been a challenge?
Liberty: My songwriting process has primarily been me on my guitar or piano during the lockdown. It was actually really special to write on my own and challenge my songwriting skills. The pandemic has definitely slowed down some production but I believe that with every challenging obstacle comes beauty. I'm always looking for that in the midst of any challenge.
(Photo credit: Remington Rafael)
SH: Are there any artists that are particularly inspiring you during these unusual times?
Liberty: I've been so impressed and inspired by many artists during this time. I love to see so many people coming together and continuing to bring music to the world, even if it looks different right now. One of my favorite artists, Sasha Sloan, just dropped her album. I'm so thankful that artists like her are continuing to release their beautiful projects in the midst of so much uncertainty. I know it's such a gift to hear new music during these times.
SH: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Liberty: I want everyone to know you are loved! I know these can be scary times and the future seems so uncertain, but remember to always lead with love. I can't wait to see you in concert one day soon.
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