EDM artists Wiwek & Skrillex go longform with Still In The Cage, a film written and directed by Jodeb and scored by Wiwek’s The Free and Rebellious EP, starring a group of close friends who learn what it truly means to be free and rebellious.
Hero to some, heretic to others, say hello to Halsey who's got an anthem that seems spot-on for a post-Lorde world. The obvious reference point here is Divergent, with a spark of Joan Of Arc martyrdom, as a civilization rallies around Halsey against a totalitarian force.
Tinashe and A$AP Rocky clearly have eyes for each other, but there's a veritable and vast landscape separating them... not to mention other lovers and, of course, the strippers. But, fear not: The love triangle gets resolved, even if it's a drastic and unexpected way, in this as what unfurls in this typically imaginative video directed by Jodeb.
Jodeb is Jonathan Desbiens, a director and artist who has rocketed to the top of many music video shortlists thanks to a distinctive style that's proven to be a perfect match for EDM. It's a style that's based upon finding the harmony between two opposing forces — the exotic on-location shoots vs the weeks of VFX and animation — creating worlds grounded neither entirely in fantasy, nor reality.
And there are similarly perfect contradictions that define Jodeb — the world traveler who lives in a tiny town an hour outside Montreal, the EDM maestro with the trippy images who has never even smoked so much as a cigarette, the refined VFX wiz who is completely self-taught, and the list goes on.
We had the opportunity to chat recently and Jodeb was way more open that you might expect from somebody who prefers to be seen in a mask for his official photo.
Don't get tricked into thinking this is a Game Of Thrones homage — I see you, Jon Snow — this latest sci-fi parable directed by Jodeb doesn't take off until our hero enters the belly of the beast and emerges right where he belongs.