MKTO Go Mad Max For 'Bad Girls' Video (Recap)
Radio.com caught up with MKTO last week and got the inside scoop on how the video came together. According to Tony Oller, the video could easily have gone a more obvious route except for the continued interest in acting that he and Malcolm Kelley share.
"When the concepts were coming in, they were all about parties and loving bad girls," Oller says. "There wasn't really any idea there. Us having the acting backgrounds we have, we wanted to do something cinematic. We always look for any excuse to be able to do that kind of stuff. We came across one that was great and had a P.O.W. camp where these gorgeous women would take us hostage in very sexy outfits, but with a twist: these are women who are not only sexy, but who you don't want to mess with. There's a Mad Max kind of theme."
Oller and Kelley, for the uninitiated, met on the set of the Nickelodeon show Gigantic and formed their music act and a great bromance from there. Kelley previously played Walt on Lost while Oller is best known for his role in the horror flick The Purge.
"We were very fortunate to work with a talent director named Hanna Lux Davis, who had done 'Bang Bang' [with Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj]," Oller says. "She's a really cool soul; very vibrant, excited and young, She was down to collaborate with our ideas…The ending was our little twist to add into it, which I think people will get a kick out of."
Lux Davis also helmed great female pop star videos like Grande's "Love Me Harder" with The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj's "Only" and Ciara's "I'm Out."
"What made shooting this video even better was that we were lucky enough to have the entire set where they shot American Sniper," Oller recalls. "It allowed us to have tanks and hummers in the video. If you look closely, you'll still see the propaganda they used in the film. It was surreal because we had just seen the movie." Read more and watch the video - here.
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