Hours after the visual for “Under Pressure” dropped, director Steven Wayne Mallett spoke to 2words the Top about making the video and collaborating with Logic for a total of three months. Read a few excerpts from his interview below.
On Logic’s vision for the music video: “The concept was his idea, the whole idea of a diamond heist was him. I was brought in to execute it. He’s a very conscious artist and his philosophy really vibed with mine. And I instantly got a massive amount of a respect for him because he proved to me early on that he really has a vision of his brand.”
On which video game they were trying to emulate: “It was never intended to be a video game. I think Logic’s main influences were Pulp Fiction, Heat, and Snatch – the movies. For me, I try to really close off my mind and do my job, but as I was cutting it, editing-wise, I had vivid flashbacks of playing Golden Eye on Nintendo 64. If people notice that the shotgun blast is a lot louder than all the guns, it’s because I remember in Golden Eye there were just some weapons that were super loud out of nowhere.”
On how involved Logic was throughout production: “Logic was really cool. We spent many many days in pre-production dialing in exactly what was going to be where. And Logic is very specific about a lot of those things, like the Frank Sinatra poster you see, the couple having sex, the “F**k Off” mat — that mat on the floor before he kicks the door down — that was all him.”
teenage girls actually have to go through a lot of bullshit and the fact that it’s considered cool to make fun of them for being upset or emotional is kind of gross