A few months ago, a friend of mine made a video for Madi Diaz. She was not signed to a record label at that point, and had given my friend permission to make the video (and was excited about being a part of it). She was IN THE VIDEO. We had a ton of fun that day, in the woods, enjoying ourselves and making something. It was, definitely, one of the better experiences I’ve had on a set.
A week or two after we shot the video, while it was still in editing, Madi signed to a SMALL record label. They gave my friend the run around for almost two months, and have now told him he can’t show the video. They even took it down from Vimeo, even though they have no legal right to do so (my friend was given full permission to shoot the video and use the song before she was signed to the label).
I’m incredibly diappointed with how this has turned out. I find it laughable that a SMALL record label, with FOUR artists (five with Madi), who claim on their website to be a new and different kind of label for the next generation, would do something so old school. This is something I would expect from a big record label, the kind that has million dollar interests to protect, not from some “Indy” record label with a roster of artists most people haven’t heard of.
On top of that, the video is really good. It’s beautiful and makes you think about youth and all of the great times you’ve had, and, hopefully, continue to have. There’s a certain disparity between the imagery of the woods in the winter, and all of the people in it still having fun and being young, being beautiful, but its a disparity that inspires and ignites. This is a video about striking out into anything that the world has to offer, taking ownership of it, and making it into something amazing.
Its also sad that there is bad blood now, and the potential for a legal battle. Just goes to show - “Sometimes, when people go after a dream… they make an innocent decision, for innocent reasons, that has profound consequences.”