Travis Egedy just premiered the official video for “Negative Slave” over at plainpictures.blogspot.com. He says he wanted to create a “lifestyle video … sort of like a rap video, that just is a window into my daily life.” And it succeeds in that sense: seeing Pictureplane tripping on acid while dancing atop an ancient Mexican pyramid (which he does, here) is probably the symbolic equivalent of seeing Jay-Z on a yacht with bottles and bikinis. Not quite “like every single day,” but when you get to the heart of the matter, close enough.
Travis explained the song/title a bit:
He explained the concept behind the song/title:
i love language and word play, and pairing words together to create strong mental images and to play with reality. the phrase “negative slave” seems incredibly powerful to me. each are power words that carry their own weight. the phrase can go both ways… meaning an actual slave that is negative, a person under full control of the mind and body, OR it can be taken as the opposite, the “negative” of the slave. meaning someone who is free from control. this is what i mean when i say “negative slave”. a person released from any form of control, (social, physical, mental, biological, etc) one who is in touch with their true individual selves.
And here’s the full video breakdown:
i have a very large interest in ancient cultures, their civilizations, and global consciousness in the ancient world. i was very exited to visit one of the largest cities of the pre-columbian americas, TEOTIHUACAN. and i knew i wanted to shoot some of the video on top of the pyramids.
the shots of me lip singing on the pyramids were shot while i was under the influence of LSD.the experience of being enhanced by the psychedelic compound while being in such a sacred place was nothing short of magical.
that being said, the video is supposed to be very fun and not extremely conceptual. i wanted to create a “lifestyle video” sort of like a rap video, that just is a window into my daily life. as if my daily life consists of being on acid on top of 2000 year old pyramids, yes.
other shots in the video are from different situations and happenings in denver, like real is a feeling, art performances, shows at rhinoceropolis, and even video shoots at red rocks for fellow denver electronic artist , real magic. UFO hotspot nederland, colorado makes a cameo in the video as well as a starchild and a stone.
Thee Physical is out via Lovepump, and is very good.