Lennon Stella Unpacks 'Worry Of Being Alone' Video Secrets and techniques

Reporting by Alissa Godwin

On this age of self-isolation and quarantine, it is by no means been extra essential to verify in on one another and to attach. This goes for artists, too, who've been social distancing alongside us: livestreaming concert events and hangouts, creating their very own discuss exhibits, and... nicely, that is what we would like them to inform us, with Distant Entry.

Selfmade music movies have grow to be a necessity within the age of self-isolation and quarantine, however due to innovators like Lennon Stella, they do not need to look selfmade. Her current visible for "Worry of Being Alone" is moody and creative, following the 20-year-old singer as she poses and contorts round an empty room. Most rag-tag DIY creations typically do not rise to this aesthetic stage. However Stella's a professional, even when she has to MacGyver a top-caliber visible utilizing less-than-professional staging and gear simply out of body.

"I used to be doing my glamour shot on the bottom," she instructed MTV Information. "It is actually my mother dragging me — it could not be extra, simply, soiled. I am on the bottom. We have been laughing the entire time as a result of I am doing this shot that appears so glamorous, and the sunshine is simply coming throughout my face, and actually, my mother, she has towel wrapped round my ankle and [is] pulling me. It was so humorous."

These are the methods Stella needed to pull out to assist create that visible, which additionally acquired some assist from her boyfriend as a set decorator, stringing up lights to assist recreate a vibe just like a Kate Bush video. "You must get so artistic, which is good, in a manner," she mentioned. "It is stretching my mind to do issues which might be a bit extra uncomfortable and in addition simply out of the peculiar."

And there is lots extra to have a good time — her brassy, poppy debut album, Three. Two. One., dropped on April 24, and he or she's been keen to point out off one other facet of herself than the country-tinged one she first broke out with alongside her sister, Maisy, and the characters the duo performed on Nashville. (In fact, her sister exhibits up on the album, too, on the minimize "Weak spot (Huey Lewis)," which Lennon wrote about her.)

Beneath, the artist unpacks Three. Two. One. — together with what it has been prefer to launch it amid quarantine — in addition to what she's been as much as when she's not getting dragged throughout the ground by her mom, all within the title of getting the most effective shot.

MTV Information: Why did you title your album Three. Two. One.?

Stella: I truly noticed this photograph on Pinterest of those folks. It was this actually fairly photograph in black and white of all these folks leaping off this constructing. And it was the liberty that I really feel was captured within the photograph [that] I simply was so drawn to, and it felt like such a launch. And I despatched it to my mother, and we have been going backwards and forwards on this concept, as a result of that is finally what this album looks like. Talking of pressures and all these expectations — I actually wished to let go of all that and simply really feel freed from all of it and simply excited to dive into one thing new. And Three. Two. One. simply felt proper of the preliminary bounce.

MTV Information: Releasing an album, your first album, on this unknown second that we're all dwelling in, is there one thing that caught out to you that you simply would not have realized if issues have been extra regular?

Stella: I really feel prefer it made it a lot extra particular in a number of methods, as a result of all the glitz and glam simply bought fully taken out. It is so bizarre proper now: Everybody feels a bit extra related than I've ever seen folks. I really feel most related to the folks of my Instagram greater than I ever have. Everybody on there, we simply really feel far more tight, and placing an album out once I really feel like that's simply a lot extra fulfilling, as a result of I feel there's simply such a very good vibe going, and I actually really feel like we're all simply associates and everybody's messaging me as a buddy. So it feels very good and it would not all the time really feel like that. ... I feel if something shouldn't be canceled, it must be music. Every part else could be pushed again, and I get all of it, however I really feel like music is so essential proper now.

MTV Information: Now that the album is out, with all this downtime, are you want, "That is my time to calm down," or are you continue to staying artistic?

Stella: Nicely, I simply moved, so I am being very artistic in different methods. I like adorning the home and doing all the inside design stuff. So I am entering into that and simply sort of nonetheless doing stuff to get the album heard and promoted in methods and doing acoustic variations of all the pieces. I feel it is essential to have a stability — to additionally simply be a human and never be posting all the pieces, however there are methods to remain related, so looking for the stability.

MTV Information: Speak to me about filming "Worry of Being Alone." Had been you the director? Had been you the digicam man? Had been you audio?

Stella: "Worry of Being Alone" was scheduled to come back out when it did, however this was clearly manner previous to [the COVID-19 pandemic] taking place. I used to be like, wow, that is very eerie and this feels loopy to be placing it out right now. And it sort of took on an entire new life, simply the track itself lyrically actually had an entire new which means. We have been very restricted with how we might truly make a music video. However my buddy CeCe [Dawson] — she does simply wonderful movies and images and all that. So I knew she'd been quarantined. She was the one person who I actually was snug that she had been caught in her home. My mother and I simply brainstormed, and we're like, what can we do to make it distinctive and never similar to somebody dancing round their home?

We're like, let's simply make it like I am going loopy in my home, and it labored out so completely, being a track that truly lended [itself] to being filmed in a home. It made sense. So we simply bought actually artistic and sure, we sort of all directed it. There was undoubtedly no director. It was similar to, I sort of had a imaginative and prescient for it. We have been simply bouncing off so many concepts and simply sort of spewed it out to CeCe, and he or she was like, "Sure, I completely, I really feel that." And she or he simply executed it completely.

MTV Information: I do know "Weak spot (Huey Lewis)" is particular to you and your sister. What about this track made it so essential for you each?

Stella: This track was written at a really intense a part of our lives, and once I wrote it, the sensation was so heightened. And I feel anytime I write a track the place the sensation is overflowing, it simply hits that a lot tougher each time I sing it as a result of I am similar to, "Whoa, that was so emotional." I feel it's sort of heavy and unhappy, nevertheless it's additionally one thing that I feel each of us have actually — we're moved on in a number of methods and we really feel so significantly better about the entire scenario. And so there's only a sweetness to it that I feel makes it actually particular to each of us. She feels that manner equally as a lot as I do about me being her weak point and the factor that sort of pours all of it out of her. So sure, it was good to have her sing these lyrics to me after which me sing them to her.

MTV Information: Sadly, you needed to postpone your tour. Once you lastly get onstage, every time which may be, what can followers anticipate? Now that you've this further time, are you altering your concepts?

Stella: When all this primary began taking place, we have been finalizing all of the visuals and all of the issues for the stage, and it was getting very thrilling and really new to what I might performed earlier than, as a result of this tour was only a bit greater. So sure, all the pieces was getting dialed in, after which all this clearly occurred, and we sort of noticed it coming that we must postpone the tour fairly early on. So we sort of put a pause on it. I am excited to choose again up on that facet of it, too. And that, simply the artistic visuals and all these issues I feel [are] going to be actually cool. And now that album has sort of a life now, I really feel much more impressed and extra artistic so far as making the visuals for the album.

MTV Information: Is there an total message that you simply're dwelling by proper now that you simply need to relay to followers on the market?

Stella: An unknown is the scariest factor. Nothing freaks me out greater than that as a result of I am such a management freak. Individuals maintain saying that we're in the identical boat, all people's in the identical boat, however we're not in the identical boat. We're on the identical ocean. And all people's dealing with this in a different way. Everyone's coping with so many issues that we do not learn about. And a few persons are financially steady, so that is good time to sit back. Generally some persons are completely freaking out. There are such a lot of various things and the reason why we're not all dealing with this the identical manner. However I feel, finally, simply understanding that we're considerably feeling the identical issues and we're not fully alone, as isolating and lonely as this feels, I feel that is actually essential. And Instagram and social media could be very poisonous, nevertheless it additionally could be actually good. And particularly in instances like this, I've seen simply how wonderful it's seeing all people come collectively and be actually making all people really feel much less alone and there is some type of unity. So I feel simply discovering one thing that makes you are feeling good, and understanding that we're all collectively and we're all feeling considerably of the identical factor.

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