Origins is our recurring series that gives artists the space to break down everything that has been introduced into their latest release. Today, Hundred Watt Heart broke his song “Over The Ocean” as well as the music video for the song.
Legendary guitarist for The Roots, Captain Kirk Douglas, who is performing solo as Hundred Watt Heart, has released a music video for the track “Over The Ocean,” which premieres exclusively on YouTube. consequence Tuesday (November 15). The song that appeared on his latest album new unknownincludes an emphatic surge of heavy grass and soulful vocals that serve as catharsis for the artist amidst a dreary time.
“The song itself was just a comment on where I am in the fall of 2020,” says Douglas. consequence. We were still in the midst of lockdown and the atmosphere online was feeling kind of hostile. I felt people needed to stop and watch the “whys” behind their emotions before spewing their vitriol at strangers. Anyway, I just wanted to get away from what I felt like I was drowning in. The music helped. in that “.
Douglas is joined on the track by percussionist Rick Sheridan and bassist April Kaye. According to Douglas, working with the latter two came from a false appearance from Instagram after “[Kae’s] reels kept appearing on my [Instagram] page. So I considered it a sign.”
The two accompany Douglas in the music video, which is set in a backyard on a bright day, in contrast to the locale produced in “Over The Ocean”: the basement of the house in which he grew up. “It points to the opposite of being at home on the Internet.” “I have a quip in the fact that in order for you to see this you have to be indoors with good WiFi. My point is balance is key.”
Watch the “Over The Ocean” video below, as well as Douglas’ details of the video and the song’s origins.
The song itself was just a comment on where I was in the fall of 2020. We were still in the midst of lockdown and the vibe online felt kind of hostile. I felt people needed to stop and watch the “why” behind their emotions before they hurled their vitriol at strangers. Anyway, I just wanted to get away from what I felt like I was drowning in. Music helped with that.
Getting around with the roots:
The song was born out of a backlash when I was on tour with The Roots. Hundred-Watt Heart is really just a home for homeless guitarists.
It was recorded in the basement of the house I grew up in where my mom still lives. I wanted the video to be outside in the backyard to stay with a local theme. He suggests the opposite of being indoors online. I have a quip in the fact that in order for you to see this you have to be indoors with good WiFi. My point is balance is key.
It gave drummer Rick Sheridan and I a chance to play with April Kay on bass. Her rollers kept showing up on my [Instagram] page. So I took it as a sign.
Another big motivation for making the video was to have my son shoot and edit it. He is 17 years old and makes hip hop videos of himself and his friends. It was kind of an excuse to spend time and do something fun together. We even got my mom involved. It’s also crazy that I helped make the person who shot my video.