Written by on November 29, 2021

Dbldbl is the musical project of Liam Dargaville (Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, they/them), a musician and songwriter based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Dargaville specialises in pairing crisp, minimal production with raps that use extended metaphors about film, board games, and fine dining to broach topics such as chronic pain, identity politics and depression.

The video for Big Mike was made by photographer and videographer Frances Carter.Carter’s resume includes photographing TeeksBenee, and CHAII, as well as directing videos for Purple Pilgrims, and the recent documentary accompanying FILTH’s appearance for Boiler Room.

Big Mike didn’t come without its challenges “This particular track has a few musical twists and turns, with two feature verses – and we had to work around the added complication of L V J being based in Berlin. I wanted to incorporate footage of EJ while keeping things stylistically consistent, so we enlisted the help of Joel Thomas to film EJ performing their verse in Berlin, which was then cut and played back on a CRT TV in the studio during our shoot.”

Keen viewers will notice that throughout the video there are guest appearances as Carter explains “We had some lil easter egg appearances from the amazing RandaRotigurl and Imugi’s Yery Cho (who have all collaborated with Dbldbl on unreleased tracks). I thought a black and white colour scheme was best to tie all these different elements together, and it also suited the more serious message of the track. The shoot itself was heaps of fun – Liam and Paloma are both incredible performers and nailed their takes so quickly which made for a super relaxed day. Start to finish, this video was a real pleasure to make!”

Find out more about: Dbldbl 

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