4 Ways To Make Better Music Videos

Sexy music videos are definitely popular and have been a great marketing ploy for quite some time. Of course not every music act can – or should –  adopt the same strategy. Luckily there are a number of ways you can shoot a memorable music video that best suits your style and genre. Here’s how:

Incorporate Dance Sequences

Nothing captivates people better than a little song and dance. Even more so if you’ve got a really impressive routine going on. A perfect example is OK Go’s whimsical treadmill dance for their song “Here it Goes Again.” You don’t have to be the best dancer to come up with a fairly rhythmic routine. Shoot it all in one take, like OK Go does, or several takes and combine them! Put your emotion in motion.

Plan A Story

Pick a theme and tell a story out of it! In Weezer’s “Perfect Situation,” they take viewers down the makings of the band “Weeze,” – beginning with a troublesome female singer. By the end of the video, Rivers Cuomo becomes a replacement singer and saves the day – completing the “r” in the name “Weezer.” And if your band still wants a sexy video, it can always be done in story-like format.

Put Together A String of clips

Film several thought-provoking clips and spread them out in your video. Nirvana’s video for “Come as You Are,” flashed images of microbes, sperm, a baby, a gun, and floating money. Your picks can be political, controversial, or even uplifting. Having viewers form their own interpretations can make for a more impressionable video.

Get Flashy with Fashion

Dressing up in colorful, flamboyant outfits are what made disco phenomenon ABBA’s music videos so iconic. What they lacked in special effects, they made up with flashy style. Macklemore clearly got the hint because the fashion frenzy of “Thrift Shop” has over 815 million YouTube views. Up your style game and watch the views roll in.

A music video can be equally as important as your song. Don’t be generic! Get creative and film something you can be proud of.

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Michelle Nguyen is a creative writer whose passions include music, sports, health, and wellness. She loves playing drums and bass guitar, as well as swimming. If she indirectly helps you write the next “Stairway to Heaven,” she will be very happy.

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