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VMA's Go Country

We all know and love Midland, their single, "Drinkin' Problem", is one I have had on repeat since it came out. They announced recently their debut album will release on September 22nd and I already have that marked on my calendar.

How much do you know about the band itself though and its members? Cameron Duddy, the trio's bassist is also a music video director. He has made 9 videos for Bruno Mars, including, "24k Magic". He was nominated for four awards this year at the VMA's. Duddy has already won a BET Award for co-directing the Bruno video, "24K Magic".

Variety did an interview with Cameron in regards to his career change and his collaborations with Bruno.

Here is a little bit of the great interview that Variety had with Cameron Duddy:

You’ve worked with so many people as a director — J.Lo, Britney, Fifth Harmony, One Republic, Rod Stewart, Brandi Carlile, Awolnation — but you’ve collaborated with Bruno on nine videos, counting the two that were made for the Mark Ronson project. Why does it work so well?

Well, few people in this world, the entertainment world, have loyalty. And Bruno Mars is one that believes very deeply in loyalty. I also deliver for him, too. Had I given him bricks out of the gate, I don’t think it would have continued.

What made you get serious about music again? I really got deep into country when I met my best friend Mark Wystrach, who is now the lead singer of our band. There was just an irrefutable magic when the three of us came together. So we put a name to it, and decided we’ve got to put all our chips in. So I kind of quit doing music videos, aside from the odd job with Bruno, and my wife and I moved to Texas, and I started back down at the bottom of the artistic ladder. I’d done a million dollar music video with Bruno the year before, and then come January 2014, I’m playing for two people again at a honky tonk dive in Nowheresville, Texas. But music videos started to lose their appeal to me. There are not a lot of people out there worth collaborating with, other than people like Bruno, and some of my friends like Grouplove.

It’s amazing how fast country radio got on board with you. You wouldn’t necessarily listen to your single and think it was money in the bank. No one did, man. They told us that our single probably wouldn’t get played on the radio, because it didn’t sound anything like what was in the top 50. But our passion came through, I think, and a good song is a good song.

Head over to Variety for the full interview, it is one you don't want to miss!


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