Capital Cities exclusive: What you don't know about 'Safe and Sound' the video

By Steven Ruygrok

April 8, 2014
Fun, irresistible, get out of your set and start dancing.

That's what Capital Cities' music video "Safe and Sound" makes us want to do anytime we hear it.

It's hard to ignore the diverse set of dancing styles and the skill shown in the video. Seeing a guy from the early 1900's pull off a dance move that would shatter most people's knees, makes us want to get up and try it ourselves.

That's the unavoidable genius behind the music video for "Safe and Sound". Creating something people connect with and will get their imaginations running wild.

In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com, Sebu, who is the lead vocalist for Capital Cities, talked about the early beginnings of the music video itself, as well as what exactly is different about it now, than when it was first created.

"Ryan and I actually created a music video for it, DIY, before we were signed. What we did was we collected dance and war footage over the course of the last 100 years, and kind of juxtaposed them together into this chronological thing.

"We were very proud of it. We released it on YouTube and it did well. Then when we signed up with Capital records and we had a bigger budget to do a live-action music video, we decided to take that theme of matching up dance cultures from various eras and expand on that.

"Of course we omitted the war scenes in the new video, but it was about bringing together various cultures and having it be a collaborative theme in the video," Sebu said.

They succeeded in spades when it comes to bringing various cultures and dance styles together for one music video. Diversity, "Safe and Sound's" music video does not lack.

In trying to incorporate as many dance styles and cultures as possible, there was bound to be some Capital Cities couldn't fit in. Sebu talked about those as well as the war scenes they ended up leaving out from the video.

"Yes, there are so many dance cultures out there obviously, one idea was to bring in the Brazilian war-dance style and have the Brazilian fighting dancer fight against some other dance in which there’s fighting involved, so like a mock-dance fight. But I think we were able to fit in as many dancing styles as we possible could.

"No not at all because that video, along with the original as well, is another video that we worked on in between those two. That makes three videos, and there’s also a lyric video. All of these videos represent the song in a different light and we’re proud of it," Sebu said.

If you haven't done so yet, check-out the hoppin' video at the top of the article. Keep your eyes peeled as we continue our exclusive interview with Capital Cities.