English producer Christopher Taylor, or better known by his stage name, SOHN, has just released his newest music video for his latest single “Signal”, the track is SOHN’s first release since his album Tremors debuted in 2014. It was written and recorded in Vienna, London and Los Angeles, and it brings in a new chapter in the producer’s life whilst still retaining those classic sonic flourishes that have made SOHN so popular.
In order to make this track a even more interesting, SOHN picked to join forces with an unexpected director in order to create the visual aspect of this project. Milla Jovovich, who is better known for her work in front of the camera as the main character in the Resident Evil series and The Fifth Element. Jovovich is ceasing the opportunity to work behind as well as in front of the camera for her directorial debut to help bring the musical artist’s work to the screen. The two artist work together to bring the concept to life, filmed in one continuous show in stark monochrome, the video shows Jovovish staring at the screen, apparently naked, with another shot of herself behind her, however the Milla behind has makeup running down her face. With constant changing focus between the Milla’s it seems to go from contained to chaos, as if the Milla in the back is the subconscious of the front Milla doing calmer gestures.
Recalling the entire experience, Milla says “When I discovered SOHN, I immediately fell in love with his voice and music. I literally had his album on repeat for weeks and soon found that I felt an incredibly visual connection to his music. As the music played, I kept seeing images in my head and it was really the first time that I felt the itch to direct. SOHN and I started talking about a month later and he sent me ‘Signal’ which completely bowled me over. The beauty and raw energy in the song, the harmonies… It’s just everything I love about music, all there in one song. Once I started thinking about how to bring the original concept to life, I became obsessed with bringing projections into the mix. I felt like we could bring the viewer into the mind of the character I was portraying through the different projections, both behind me and on my body, that would be both emotional and visually exciting.” She continued detailing her experience “What happened on the day was absolute magic; one of the takes was so powerful and really told the story so well that SOHN knew we had the video for his song right then, on the day, totally live. This was something he had wanted right from our first conversations, to make the video completely analog and real and to somehow be able to shoot everything in one take. It is a testament to the focus and skill of our amazing DP Vern Nobles and his crew that we were able to capture the soul of the song in such a seemingly effortless way; no cuts, no tricks. I am so excited that SOHN trusted me to visually bring his music to life and so proud that I was able to put the team together who made this video possible.”
SOHN also had a few words to share about his work with Milla “I sent Milla some of my new music while she was in Paris – we got on the phone and she had these beautiful visions of what ‘Signal’ could be visually. It was really clear that she would be the perfect person to bring it to life and it became a real collaboration between friends and artists. We ended up with this incredible, emotional one-take video that just blew me away as I saw it unfold live. As an actor and a director, I feel like Milla somehow managed to translate the heart of the music into images on screen… The performance is so gripping, and the motion and beauty of the shot just blows me away.”
SOHN sets off to play five intimate shows in Europe and North America next week, showcasing plenty of his new music. All shows were sold out as the tickets hit the market, and that just speaks volumes on what this artist can do.