AceShowbiz - The Chainsmokers is giving fans an insight into how they deal with stardom through the music video for "Everybody Hates Me". The video, which was premiered on April 2, features the record producer duo grappling with the sad truth that fame comes at a cost.
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart open the music video by racing through a tunnel in an open-top Jeep. They then arrive at a pool party where Alex wanders through a haunting group of party-goers while Andrew goes underwater to belt out the song.
As the video reaches its climax, the pair are seen dousing a car in gasoline and burning it down with a fire. There is also a scene where Alex and Andrew perform the song along with their tour drummer, Matt McGuire.
Rory Kramer, the director of the music video, takes to Instagram to share the meaning behind each scene in the music video. "Scene 1 the tunnel scene, is like the retro future where @alexpall and @drewtaggart are driving and seen looking back at what could be memories, regret, or something haunting them, but they push forward and chase dreams," he writes.
"Scene 2 the pool party," he continues. "Here we find Drew at the bottom of a pool which is to represent anxiety, feeling trapped suffocating." Talking about the scene where the DJ duo burns a car down, Rory notes that the scene symbolizes "their success of 'Closer'. Something that changed their lives, my life, and the rest of the team's lives."
He adds, "Much like a fire, we couldn't control what it brought, the love, the hate... we're just trying to be ourselves and do what we love." He concludes his lengthy post by saying that the band scene "was something I wanted to be simple and let their performance and energy do the talking."
EVERYBODY HATES ME music video I directed for @thechainsmokers is out now, link in bio. | Wanted to share some of the backstory about making this video. I moved intro Drew’s house in November as he was finishing Hate Me and You Owe Me, we came up with video concepts and planned to shoot them Jan 11, 12, 15. On the 13, 14 I had to edit all the scenes we shot on 12th so we could project them on the band on 15th. About a month before shooting I had a knee surgery for my torn ACL, this surgery made me put my career on hold, living life the way I wanted to, and had me question if all I worked for would be over, all those thoughts with around 15 Percocets a day and you have a full blown psychopath. Luckily, I worked hard, hired great friends to be my crew and got off Percocets before the filming took place. Scene 1 the tunnel scene, is like the retro future where @alexpall and @drewtaggart are driving and seen looking back at what could be memories, regret, or something haunting them, but they push forward and chase dreams. Scene 2 the pool party. Here we find Drew at the bottom of a pool which is to represent anxiety, feeling trapped, suffocating. Above at the party we find Alex feeling the same way. He is unable to fit in because everyone is hiding behind mask making Alex feel isolated. Scene 3 the explosion. Here we blew up a Range Rover to symbolize their success of ‘Closer’ something that changed their lives, my life and the rest of their teams lives, much like a fire, we couldn’t control what it brought, the love, the hate...we’re just trying to be ourselves and do what we love. Finally, the band scene was something I wanted to be simple and let their performance and energy do the talking much like bands in the 90s Nirvana and blink-182. Hope you guys like this, super proud of it and thanx to @thechainsmokers for letting me create this. Produced by @goodboyshady and shot by @mattjkomo and @mattkomosarms THANX TO MY AMAZING TEAM AND CREW THAT MADE THIS POSSIBLE. DONT LISTEN TO THE HATE, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR FRIENDS...the rest is in your head.