WHETHER HE'S DRINKING WITH 45-YEAR-OLD BUSINESSMEN OR MEETING YOUR PARENTS, MUSICIAN NICK WATERHOUSE ALWAYS KEEPS HIS COOL. HERE WE TALK ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM, TIME'S ALL GONE, AND LEARN THE INSPIRATION BEHIND OUR UO EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FOR "SOME PLACE," DIRECTED BY PHIL PINTO.
HOW DID YOU AND PHIL PINTO COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE VIDEO FOR "SOME PLACE"? Phil sent this primer that was a five-minute documentary on a phenomenon known as "Salarymen" in Japan, which is a non-depressing binge drinking lifestyle among middle-aged businessmen there. They're sort of this known figure in society, so you'll see packs of 45 to 55-year-old men in suits totally wasted. They are these sort of jolly, mythical figures. Phil's concept was to have me pick up a bunch of Salarymen and cruise around L.A. having a night out with them. I feel like it captures the energy of the song and my own sense of humor as well. It wasn't just a straight performance video, which I really liked a lot.
HOW DID YOU GET THE BUSINESSMEN AND ALL OF THE EXTRAS? They did a casting call then the people I knew were a lot of acquaintances. A couple friends made cameos in the video because we needed patrons for all of the bars since we're supposed to be having this really crazy barhopping night. The businessmen were really funny. They all really looked the part and totally got into it. At one point we accidentally swapped the fake bottles of champagne for real bottles of champagne. It made for a really authentic shoot.
DID ANYONE GET REALLY DRUNK? I think I got really drunk. I think I got the drunkest.
WHERE WERE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU SHOT THE VIDEO AT? The majority of the shoot was at the Cha Cha Lounge. I just moved to L.A. but everyone here seems to know that place pretty well. I really liked being in the American Legion Hall. It was a really cool building built in, I think, the '20s, for military men off duty. There were five or six bars within there plus the actual venue, which is where The Rolling Stones and a bunch of other acts played when they were touring in the '60s. That was a really beautiful historic place that I don't think I could have gotten into without a filming permit.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT SHOOTING THE VIDEO? I think it was trying to look like I was having fun for 14 hours.
SO, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO OF ALL TIME? Ooh, of all time? There's a music film I remember seeing as a kid. I think it was The Animals actually. There were a bunch of (loud rumblings) that were really cool. You know as a kid_ (more loud rumblings)
WAIT. ARE YOU IN A CAR RIGHT NOW? Yes I am! I'm headed to breakfast with a friend of mine.
YOU'VE BEEN DESCRIBED AS A MUSICIAN YOU CAN TAKE HOME TO MOM. ANY "MEET THE PARENTS" HORROR STORIES? No they all love me!
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET THEM TO LOVE YOU? I guess it's just being myself. I have the right priorities, I guess, for parents. I'm not a Mormon or anything (laughs). I don't know, I never think about it too much.
ARE YOU DATING ANYONE RIGHT NOW? Yeah I am.
HAVE YOU MET THEIR PARENTS? Yes I have!
AND THEY LOVE YOU TOO? Yeah! Actually her dad sent her a text once when she sent him a photo of us and he said, "I love that kid."
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM? The album is called Time's All Gone. It comes out on May 1 on Innovative Leisure Records from Los Angeles. It's got my backing group, Tarots, and people like Jeff Luger, Zane Morris, Natalie Alyse, Paige Sargent. I've got some guests: Ty Segall, Pedrum Siadatian and Spencer from the Allah-Las playing bass and guitar, and Ira Raibon of the Fabulous Souls on sax.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ALBUM IN ONE SENTENCE? "Very hard to make." (laughs) I never like to talk about my music. "I don't want to talk about it." That's how I would describe my album!