Bursting out of Tempe, AZ., the versatile artist and singer-songwriter Just Tommy follows up on the release of his latest cover of Pharrell's "Happy," with a lively and uplifting music video.
With an innate drive to create a wide-ranging discography that breaks the mold of traditional artistry, Just Tommy is laser-focused on inspiring others through his conceptual art. Providing a listening experience like no other, Just Tommy's live shows feature full-band backing tracks, his one-of-a-kind 7-string guitar, and atmospheric lighting to emphasize his sweet sonics.
In a previous feature, we were able to highlight Just Tommy's latest cover of Pharrell Williams' hit single, "Happy." This time around, Just Tommy makes the experience all the more memorable through an energetic and uplifting music video.
Elaborating on the music video for "Happy," the scene opens with Just Tommy hitting play on his cover of the original song. As he begins grooving to the track in the backyard of an apartment complex, he's later joined with four 60s dressed women playing with beach balls and basking in the sunlight. Just when we thought the visual experience couldn't get any 'happier,' an entire mob of partiers joins the scene and groove away to Just Tommy's brilliant rendition.
About a third of the way in, the song comes to a halt just upon nightfall, where Just Tommy knocks on a few doors and invites everyone back out for round two. As the video closes with pillow fights, beach balls, and smiles abound, we're left in need of an uplifting experience similar to what's captured in this vibrant video.
Let loose and get "Happy" with Just Tommy's latest music video, now available to stream on YouTube.
We love the uplifting and energetic experience you've captured with your recent music video "Happy." What inspired the scenes of a backyard apartment complex get-together?
Thanks! The inspiration came from the location we shot at. It's a place called "The Stanley" in Chandler, AZ. It's actually an Airbnb in the middle of downtown.
Did you work with any videographers or directors when shooting the video for "Happy?" How did they help bring your ideas into existence?
I did! Levi Elizaga from NuVine Visuals directed the video for me. We started planning the concept back in February while still recording the cover in the studio. Levi and I work really well together because he's really good at finding a balance between what I'm asking for and realistic. I have a lot of "crazy ideas" as they've been called. We had a planning meeting and I word-vomited a bunch of ideas all over him. I basically said I wanted to throw a big party and invite a bunch of people over and film it. When we met again a few days later, he had a whole plan ready to go. It was better than I'd expected.
What inspired the 60s-esque dancers within your music video for "Happy?" Why did you want to add this nostalgic aspect to the visuals?
It just kind of happened. Bridgette, my choreographer, just happened to have those outfits at her studio and they happened to fit the dancers that are in the video.
What kind of atmosphere or vibe did you want to capture with your music video for "Happy?" How did you want your audience to feel after listening?
The vibe here is definitely supposed to be a happy one. I wanted to capture the feeling of the song and make it even more fun. My hope is by the end of the video, you'll feel just a little happier.
What was your favorite part about filming "Happy?"
Working with the crew was awesome. Every one of them knew exactly what they were supposed to be doing and when. It was pretty amazing. I like learning new things, and I'm a tech nerd so we had a lot of good nerdy conversations. Did I mention we shot the video with a robotic camera? It was insanely cool.
What can listeners anticipate to hear next from you?
So many good things for JUST TOMMY are coming this year, and into 2022. I'm going to shoot the video for "Waiting For The Weekend" next. Planning for that is already underway. I also have (2) EP's I'll be releasing over the next several months. To support that, I'm having 250 limited-edition vinyl records produced. "Happy" will be the 1st song on Side A. I'm also working on new material. I just got one of my finished masters back today. I'm super excited about it.