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Meet the finalists: Shane Durrant

Please sum up your music video concept with a single line, and a picture.

Creepy African spooky disco.

Can you tell us where the inspiration for your idea came from?

Years ago I came across book of African masquerade dance outfits and they just blew me away. Also lately I’ve been loving the aesthetic of low-budget Nigerian horror movies. So the idea is to bring them together to create a creepy African horror movie dance party.

What drew you towards Desmond and the Tutus as your collaborator on this proposal?

Well, it is my own band so generally Desmond and the Tutus is the only band I collaborate with. But ever since we wrote the song ‘Boogieman’, I knew it needed a psychedelic Joburg disco party for a music video.

Jameson’s family motto is ‘Sine Metu’ and it means ‘Without Fear’. How would you define “fearless authenticity” as an artist?

In our career as a band it took us a long time to realise that this is our band, and we can do whatever we want. We spent years trying to find our groove, trying to figure out what people liked about us and it was kind of boring. For our latest album we just decided to do whatever we wanted. A slow jam? Sure. Blistering punk song? Sure. Seven-minute disco epic? Sure. And it’s by far our best stuff yet. I like being at a place as an artist where you feel like you can do whatever you want without being worried about what people are going to say about it. At the end of the day, it is your band/movie/project/life – try squeeze in a couple things that you actually like.

What are your top 3 music videos of all time?

I don’t know about top 3 and I don’t know about all time, but I REALLY love this one:

Drunk Girls – LCD Soundsystem

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