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Kinky Robot Naked Interview | South African Music

Last week we brought you the controversial South African Music video by Kinky Robot called Naked [here], which can only be viewed online as the content is rated too sensitive to be played on national TV. Now we bring you the interview with the band about the music video.
It’s great to see a music video of this quality and with a true message come to life by way of Kinky Robot. With a story that all South Africans can relate to.

South African Music Kinky Robot
How did you guys come up with the idea for the “Naked” music video?
It’s the brain child of the Director, Stefan Louw, from ‘Koringkriek’ productions. We asked him for an edgy, in your face video that tells a strong story inspired by the song.

How much time went into planning the shoot?
Quite a bit. Stefan took his time finding the right locations, shots and actors.

Explain how much actually goes into a music video – from the initial idea to the final product?
More than most people think. The number one step is to find the right director and production team who could deliver on the expectation. The story board is written, shots worked out frame by frame, location scouting, actor auditions, making sure all the details are considered, then the shoot. Then comes magic where the perfect shots are chosen for the final edit.

Was everything down on paper before you started shooting and did you stick to that or did some changes and new ideas come into play while shooting?
Stefan had a very clear idea about what he wanted before he started shooting this video, from the way the video opens to the way it ends, but he was open to suggestions along the way from us and specifically Pieter who was in on the entire shoot.

South African Music Kinky Robot
What was the hardest shot to get right and why?
Well, we had a lot of fun shooting the scene with me sitting on the chair and the lights only flashing on the beat! But I’m sure Stefan will tell you more about shooting those ‘crime scenes’ down town Jo’burg at night.

Where did you guys shoot the music video?
From Germiston to down town Johannesburg to Irene in Pretoria.

Who played what characters in the video?
Helgardt Boshoff played the lead character, Zelda Venter played the love interest, and Mbali Maqekeza, Khulie Njizane and FP Aucamp were used as the antagonist roles.

Did you plan and expect the video to be labelled too sensitive for TV play?
Well we did not plan for it, to be honest we did not consider it at all. I think if you had to try and please everyone all the time you’d end up a pretty boring band. We’re here to make music and tell a story and it’s not always going to be comfortable.

South African Music Kinky Robot
Do you think this will prove a good thing or a bad thing for the amount of views the music video will receive?
Well, people seem to be more interested to see it now.

South Africa has really upped its game when it comes to music videos, “Naked” being one of them. How do you think we compare to international videos and do you think SA is starting to realise that we on par with the rest of the world?
I hope so because for a fraction of the budget we are producing music and videos that are right up there. Gone are the days where ‘being South African’ is a bad thing!

What’s next for Kinky Robot?
Gigs all over to perform to our fans, make new fans and of course to promote our album, NAKED.

Where can fans catch you live in the upcoming months?
Some upcoming gigs are:
20 June at Firkin, Centurion
17 July at Rumours in Weltevreden Park
20 July at Sundowners in Alberton
2 August the Winterfest at Emperors Palace
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