Joe Thomas by Walid Azami

This is the record cover for Joe’s new song, it’s one of my favorites from the entire photo shoot we had. I was deeply inspired by Marvin Gaye. I’m thankful for artists like JOE who understand & believe in classic imagery, and they don’t find it imperative to place a barely-dressed woman on the hood of a car for sales gain. Classic always wins, and Joe proved that with a #1 album in America. No pinpointing of anyone, just a general trend in this industry. I’m thankful I’ve found clients who feel the same way about victimizing others for record sales. Seriously, I’m lucky as fuck to find people I respect who want to work with me. 

Who’s lucky as fuck?! Me! I’ve shot both them ladies.

FAVORITE THINGS: sitting on this rooftop with feet dangling (on rare brave nights) and writing for photo or video shoots. It’s surprisingly quiet this far up, this late at night☺️. #DTLA #city #LA #INSPIRATION #emptystreets #cityhall #skyline

Q

afairytaledream asked:

I loved your work in the im5 heartless video! I know each of the boys' scenes were something personal to them that reflects their own personalities. Could you explain what each scenario in the music video symbolizes? I'm a bit confused about cole's part especially. How are the mannequins symbolic? Thanks! 😘

A

Thank you. The mannequins were really nothing more than a deep inspiration from Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video from the 80’s and being frozen (emotionally).

For real, one of my favorite images I’ve taken…

When I captured Justin Timberlake in the record studio working on Love, Sex, Magic When I captured Justin Timberlake in the record studio working on Love, Sex, Magic When I captured Justin Timberlake in the record studio working on Love, Sex, Magic

When I captured Justin Timberlake in the record studio working on Love, Sex, Magic

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A few people wrote and asked about the meaning of the video and song, “Heartless”. I can speak only about the video. The boys came to me with a skeleton outline of how they wanted the video to be. I took that and ran with it, writing scenes based on their notes and creating a visual which would help them tell their story. The initial police lineup is the song playing backwards and wishing you could go back in time. It’s about being “criminal” in love. It’s about not being open to good things because you’ve been hurt before, therefore you are giving your heart less. Every band member’s segment reflects a true part of their personality.
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Walid Website A few people wrote and asked about the meaning of the video and song, “Heartless”. I can speak only about the video. The boys came to me with a skeleton outline of how they wanted the video to be. I took that and ran with it, writing scenes based on their notes and creating a visual which would help them tell their story. The initial police lineup is the song playing backwards and wishing you could go back in time. It’s about being “criminal” in love. It’s about not being open to good things because you’ve been hurt before, therefore you are giving your heart less. Every band member’s segment reflects a true part of their personality.
Walid IG
Walid Website A few people wrote and asked about the meaning of the video and song, “Heartless”. I can speak only about the video. The boys came to me with a skeleton outline of how they wanted the video to be. I took that and ran with it, writing scenes based on their notes and creating a visual which would help them tell their story. The initial police lineup is the song playing backwards and wishing you could go back in time. It’s about being “criminal” in love. It’s about not being open to good things because you’ve been hurt before, therefore you are giving your heart less. Every band member’s segment reflects a true part of their personality.
Walid IG
Walid Website A few people wrote and asked about the meaning of the video and song, “Heartless”. I can speak only about the video. The boys came to me with a skeleton outline of how they wanted the video to be. I took that and ran with it, writing scenes based on their notes and creating a visual which would help them tell their story. The initial police lineup is the song playing backwards and wishing you could go back in time. It’s about being “criminal” in love. It’s about not being open to good things because you’ve been hurt before, therefore you are giving your heart less. Every band member’s segment reflects a true part of their personality.
Walid IG
Walid Website A few people wrote and asked about the meaning of the video and song, “Heartless”. I can speak only about the video. The boys came to me with a skeleton outline of how they wanted the video to be. I took that and ran with it, writing scenes based on their notes and creating a visual which would help them tell their story. The initial police lineup is the song playing backwards and wishing you could go back in time. It’s about being “criminal” in love. It’s about not being open to good things because you’ve been hurt before, therefore you are giving your heart less. Every band member’s segment reflects a true part of their personality.
Walid IG
Walid Website

A few people wrote and asked about the meaning of the video and song, “Heartless”. I can speak only about the video. The boys came to me with a skeleton outline of how they wanted the video to be. I took that and ran with it, writing scenes based on their notes and creating a visual which would help them tell their story. The initial police lineup is the song playing backwards and wishing you could go back in time. It’s about being “criminal” in love. It’s about not being open to good things because you’ve been hurt before, therefore you are giving your heart less. Every band member’s segment reflects a true part of their personality.

Walid IG

Walid Website

IM5 “Heartless” directed by me, produced by Eben Kostbar.

WHAT EVER IT TAKES! In this case I needed @willjayim5 to look like he was fighting through a storm. #heartless #willjay #im5 #storm #musicvideo

#Heartless music video is out @im5band fans, finally. We hope you like it and appreciate everyone’s hard work from the crew and band. This means no more harassing phone calls from @ebenkostbar or @gabeim5 - because they did, all day! #musicvideo #heartless #walidazami @danaim5 @davidchrisim5 @gabeim5 @willjayim5 @coleim5 #im5

Q

Anonymous asked:

As I love his music, are you AJ Sobat and if so, given that I'm always on the lookout for new talent from my nation of origin, are you of Afghan heritage? :)

A

I am not him. The best way to reach him or his music is https://www.facebook.com/ajsubatmusic and follow the links from there. Be well.