TOURIST’S “APOLLO” VIDEO DIRECTED BY ACCLAIMED BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHER NIGEL SHAFRAN.
After revealing a new single “Apollo” last month, today marks Tourist’s reveal of an accompanying video directed by acclaimed British photographer Nigel Shafran HERE:
Tourist – Apollo (Official Video)
William Phillips (aka Tourist) says about the video:
“I am a huge fan of Nigel’s work, and to have collaborated with him on the visuals for this new music has been a true privilege.
I suppose this video reflects on the space where I work and live. Nigel came over, we had some coffee, we talked, he shot some videos and then he decided to play my music to me whilst filming me. You can see how uncomfortable this makes me feel, and I guess there is something quite interesting about that.”
True to his signature yearning bittersweet dance tracks, “Apollo” followed Tourist’s Wash EP released last October, as well as recent Wolf Alice, Christine and the Queens and Rostam remixes.
“I’m interested in exploring human themes through sound. Family, mental health, loss, love. I sit at home by myself most days, writing music. It’s quite an insular life, and it can be claustrophobic, but I suppose much of my new music is an attempt to produce work that is outwardly facing. I want my music to connect and to tell a human story through samples, sounds and melody. I have always found these components of music much more interesting than words / lyrics.”
The UK-based Grammy winning producer and composer is considered an “artist’s artist,” with fans such as Flume and Porter Robinson supporting his releases. Tourist Essentials is a curated collection of Tourist’s music dating to 2012 – after the self-titled debut EP (2012), Tonight EP (2013) and Patterns EP (2014) featuring guest appearances by Lianne La Havas and Will Heard, as well as high-profile remixes for Chvrches & Haim under his belt, Tourist went on to win the GRAMMY for co-writing the Sam Smith hit “Stay With Me”, and he released his debut album U (2016) to critical acclaim and support from outlets like NPR, Vice, Billboard and Rolling Stone Australia.
The single, “Run” landed #1 spot on BBC Radio 1 dance charts and Hype Machine. This was soon followed by a string of sold out shows as a live favorite across the United States, Europe and Australia, including major festival appearances at Glastonbury, Coachella (twice) and Bestival.