Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor is back with another self-directed music video. For the “Lose Each Other” visuals, Taylor recruited music icon Elton John to make an appearance.
“‘Lose Each Other’ is such a special record for me, and I wanted the visual to feel just as big,” says Taylor. “I told my team, ‘You know what would be dope? If I could have Elton John open the video on the piano!!’”
She continues, “Not that I thought it could really happen, but just putting it out there in the universe lol. So as we were working through treatment ideas and solidifying logistics for the video, an international phone number calls me…. and for a second I almost didn’t answer, but my intuition spoke, I answered. All I hear is… ‘Hello darling, it’s Elton. I’d LOVE to do your video!’ I FREAKED OUT!”
“Lose Each Other” lives on Taylor’s 2020 studio LP titled The Album. For the video, John shows up playing a grand piano while modern dancers perform as Taylor is seen wearing high fashion outfits.
“When Teyana Taylor released her debut album, I became a huge fan. She was a guest on my Rocket Hour and I fell in love with her original spirit,” states John. “Aside from her brilliant music, Teyana is one of the most visually dazzling artists working in music today. So I jumped at the chance to be in her latest video ‘Lose Each Other.’”
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Teyana Taylor was also behind the camera for other The Album videos like “Wake Up Love” featuring IMAN, “We Got Love” featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, and “Morning” featuring Kehlani. In addition, she directed MVs for T.I. (“You”), Monica (“Commitment”), and Lil Duval (“Pull Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign).
“As a director, I wanted the imagery to be simple, yet powerful, which is why I choose an all-white background and bold looks,” explains Taylor about the “Lose Each Other” aesthetics. “I wanted my audience to understand how love’s hardships can also be beautiful.”
The Def Jam artist adds, “Working with a legend like Elton was pure magic. I feel so honored to have worked with someone of such legendary stature. I am forever grateful to him for doing this for me! Although we physically could not shoot together due to Covid, him and his team were very responsive all the way from London. Y’all couldn’t even imagine how humbled I am, yet I’m feeling just a slight tinge of braggadocio, only a slight tinge though, lol like yeah, ya girl Tee & the legendary Elton John for the culture Pow! Just kidding…But seriously, thank you again, Elton, you are TRULY a GEM!!!”