In a recent interview, Ayra Starr explained why she opted to direct the video for her smash song, Bloody Samaritan, herself.
Ayra Starr told Notion in a new interview that she has always wanted to direct a music video and that Bloody Samaritan provided her with the excellent opportunity to “show off.” On Monday, November 15th, 2021, the interview was published.
Ayra also discussed how growing up in two nations (Benin and Nigeria) influenced her musical career in this new interview.
“Growing up in two different countries has really helped me become more open-minded when it comes to diversity and just in culture in general.
I try to make my music as global as possible, so different people can understand it, you understand? I don’t just try to do one genre. I like to make different genres and, you know, fuse in other genres into Afro, just because I grew up in two diverse countries.”
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In the same interview, the singer told Notion that she had her own idea for the Bloody Samaritan video, therefore she had to direct it herself.
“So, I’d always wanted to direct a video, and the thing about “Bloody Samaritan” was different from my other music videos. I’ve always been very extreme as an artist, almost trying to show off.
With “Bloody Samaritan”, I wanted people to see my personality and style as authentically as I could translate into video form. I wanted people to see my character.
For the video, I had a tiny budget to work with, which pushed my creativity. I had to call my friends and be like please show up for me guys, just come to the video shoot and vibe with me. Like that’s what it was, just me and my friends were having fun. Very grungy, very low budget, just showing me as the teenager I am.”