I can’t tell you how much I loved the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam, where I have been blessed to meet some truly wonderful people. The culture and social life there is so varied and extensive, with great museums, restaurants and a ton of music festivals, that it’s impossible not to find something that inspires you. I find the atmosphere there is really conducive to writing and creating music. As much as I like the U.S., there is something about the less competitive vibe in the Netherlands that is freeing to the soul.
Last year, while I was in Amsterdam I had the good fortune to work with the outstanding video director Anton van der Linden on a few music videos. Anton has produced over 100 short films and videos on a variety of media platforms. His work has been featured in MTV and has worked with such artists as MelC, Limp Bizkit, Xenia Deli, Redman, Onyx, and Sean Price among others. In 2016, he received an award for best music video at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. The guy is awesome.
It was Anotn’s idea to shoot the video for Rust in an empty factory, outside the city of Groningen, where he grew up. It was an inspired location, made even more magical by constantly wetting the floor with water to give the space a surreal dreamlike appearance. Below are a few photos of Anton and crew on location, doing what they do best.
The video below contains short clips from some of the outstanding videos Anton filmed and directed in 2016. Included is a short clip from Rust, starting at the 0:49 second mark. I am honored to be included in Anotn’s showreel and look forward to working with him again in the near future.