The Band Explains: Walt Disco - 'Past Tense'

Walt Disco and video directors Franki Chan and Jesus Antonio Rivera talk to us about the band’s dark, cinematic music video for, ‘Past Tense’, which is visually themed around dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one.

Where was the video for 'Past Tense' filmed?
Walt Disco: The video was filmed on location in Los Angeles.

Frank Chan: The most interesting location is the Mexican place, Tacos Mexico. This is a location that features a lot in the shared universe of the IHC 1NFINITY music videos.

How does the video connect with the song?
Walt Disco: The song is about the thoughts you have when periods of your life end, be that a relationship or something else. The team at IHC 1NFINITY found their own meaning to the song, as they thought it could soundtrack a beautiful tribute to their friend Giancarlo Molina who tragically passed away in 2016.

Do you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
Franki: While we were in the middle of producing the video I got a phone call about doing an event for Lil Nas X, which ended up being a marionette puppet show. So, on the shoot days in between takes I was working on that event for one of the biggest artists in the world while juggling Directorial work.

Jesus Antonio Rivera: We had to run a very tight ship. Shout out to our Producer, Vanessa Elliot! We had a ton of setups to accomplish in very little time. Oddly enough, it went off very well which is rare in small productions like this. I kind of felt like we had our friend Gian (whom the video was dedicated to) looking over our shoulders, clearing the path to make it through the thick of it!

Could you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
Franki: The big, black balloon was the simplest representation we could think of for our friend and his character. For one, he played a goth. And two, he was a very big guy. It became poetic for Nina to attach herself to it at his grave and it was a simple way for an audience to connect, Especially with the pop.

Jesus: The balloon acted as a band-aid for her. Eventually, it has to be peeled off for the wound to properly heal.

Is there a message the video is trying to convey?
Jesus: The video was always intended to be an homage and goodbye to our friend. It wound up being a small meditation on grief, denial, processing and healing which is such a universal thing that we all have to face at some point.

Franki: We wanted a way to say goodbye to our friend, but I feel through the process we found a way to communicate a more universal feeling we all go through when dealing with a loss.

What do you hope people take away from watching the video?
Walt Disco: We personally hope people can relate it to their own experiences with grief and loss, and hopefully find some comfort in this short film.

Jesus: That there is always a light at the end of tunnel, even if you feel trapped and buried.

Franki: I hope they find something they can connect with as we did.

Interview by Karla Harris