The Artist Explains: ENEQUIST - 'Opium'

Dutch/Swedish music producer and multi instrumentalist ENEQUIST and director Marija Đondović talk to us about the entrancing music video for ‘Opium’, which is themed around self expression and taken from ENEQUIST’s upcoming EP, ‘Nihilism’.

Why did you choose to create a music video to accompany 'Opium'?
ENEQUIST: I believe in working in several disciplines to make art. When the Visions of collaborators touch, something magic happens. I also feel a video is like a stage for a song, you give it a place were it can shine and be radiant.

How does the video connect with the song?

ENEQUIST: The video is set in Belgrade and has a dystopian almost nuclear apocalyptic vibe, which is also how I would describe the feel of the track. Bogdan Romanovic really expresses the right feelings and energy in his performance; aggressive, introspective, intense and beautiful.

Do you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
Marija: Mario, who is the DOP and I were climbing up the very rusty and old emergency staircase on the facade of opposite building in order to get a good shot. We are lucky we survived 😉

Could you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
Marija: For Dominik and me it was clear this video has to be about expression. From the beginning we saw a person dancing. He is taking his moves and his story from room to room and making it possible for the observer to enjoy his presence.

Is there a message the video is trying to convey?
Marija: Everybody has an own inner world in our minds. We do not share every part of it to others. With ‘Opium’ some people might associate drugs. But strength of ones mind and its believe and imagination is in this case the engine, and not a drug you might consume. In this video we see a person who is expressing himself in the space, driven by his inner energy and vibe.

What do you hope people take away from watching the video?

Marija: Don’t be afraid to express yourself.

Interview by Karla Harris