Pop songwriter and beatmaker, Sam Cullen, surprises us with a brand new Wes Anderson-inspired visual for his groovy tune Shut the Door.
Shut the Door is an ode to finding someone to share the dancefloor with. If it all fails LET LOOSE. DANCE WITH YOURSELF! The video presents a dreamy nod to 70's decor and outfits and features Cullen's grandparents!
"The ‘Shut The Door’ music video was my first in-depth experience on camera aside from my Dad’s love affair with family photos. However, it was an exciting challenge and all the more comfortable being able to film in my hometown of Invercargill.
The concept for the video was the brainchild of DOP Dave Thomson from Imaginary Friends, proposing a dream-like Wes Anderson style film with 70’s outfits, relaxing hues, group dance shots, cats, my grandparents (every musician’s dream) and one big old party. Being able to use my mates for this party scene was cool considering we’re all about to split for our first years of university.
We were able to bust out the whole video within one weekend in an old flat looking down over Invercargill’s main drag of Dee St. Over the two days we drove ourselves nuts with ideas, probably didn’t eat properly and made one huge mess resulting in not only a good sleep on the Sunday night but a wicked music video that fits the song down to the ground and will turn some heads.
It just goes to show that with a little bit of help from the good people at NZ On Air, a great piece of media can be made anywhere - even in Invercargill!"
Having played upwards of 60 gigs across New Zealand in 2018, Sam Cullen is quickly establishing himself as one of the country’s hardest working young performers. As a multi-faceted artist, he has amassed experience in songwriting, jazz bands, solo performances and onstage professionalism coupled with an unassuming manner and determination second to none.
Artistically, his alternative pop sound focusses on emotional intensity combining powerful guitar based hooks with elements of dance music creating a sound fit for any emotionally charged party goer. Family road trips saw the influences of Fleetwood Mac, the Rolling Stones and James Taylor ingrained in Sam from a young age while Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and The 1975 fill the void today. His highly energetic live act is what he enjoys most, making use of drum pads, synthesisers, guitars and vocals with the flair of Bowie and intimacy of Sheeran.
Sam placed 3rd in New Zealand’s Smokefree Rockquest competition in 2018 out of over 800 acts while having been named Southland’s Junior Entertainer of the Year in 2017. He performed at the NZ Parliament (Beehive) in August 2018 and is also on the bill to play at Cromwell’s highly anticipated River Range Music Festival in 2019.
Sam’s eclectic new single ‘Shut The Door’ is a funky combination of dance components and songwriting prowess - a refreshing addition to the New Zealand music scene.