Everyone Going Through a Breakup Needs to Watch Halston Dare’s “Replace You” Music Video
“Replace You” received over 200k streams on Spotify within the first few weeks of release, and the music video is the perfect representation behind the lyrics of the song.
“The beginning is set up to show how I’m wounded from somebody hurting my heart,” says Dare.
“As the music video goes on my outfits become sexier and cooler, and my makeup becomes more glamorous and bold. By the end of the song you see how strong and resilient I am.”
We chatted with the alt-pop singer following the release of her music video, to find out more about the BTS of production and what her favorite look in the video was.
TWENTY2: HOW DID YOU GET INTO MUSIC? WHAT HAS YOUR JOURNEY BEEN LIKE?
Ever since I was a little girl, my dad influenced a lot of singing in my life. He actually grew up singing and touring around the United States with a barbershop quartet group. Because of that, it influenced me to want to have a music career. And, because of him, I was listening to all types of music growing up, which has made my music playlist so diverse. I love ‘70s and ‘80s music. I even like music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. But, it all mainly started when I was 11 and I started writing poetry, which later turned into songwriting when I was 13.
TWENTY2: WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION WHEN CREATING YOUR MUSIC? WITH “REPLACE YOU,” THE BACKDROP COMES FROM YOUR OWN PAST RELATIONSHIP. IS THAT SIMILAR FOR ALL OF YOUR MUSIC?
All my inspiration when writing my music comes from actual things that I have experienced. I feel like it’s ungenuine to write songs about things that I haven’t experienced or felt to my audience. I am so excited to share an entire timeline of drama, feelings and things that I have experienced in my life with my fans this year when I release more music. And yes, “Replace You" is a backdrop of one of the relationships that I experienced this year! It was a tough time, because you do the things you do for the ones you love, and sometimes you can’t see how blinded you are by love.
TWENTY2: CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW MUSIC VIDEO! CAN YOU SHARE SOME BTS— WHAT WAS IT LIKE FILMING? WAS IT THERAPEUTIC?
Filming the music video was so much fun! We drove to Dallas with one of my creative marketing directors; it was super difficult at the time because we were going through so many different videographers because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but we ended up finding a very special videographer. Because of COVID-19, I did all of my own makeup and hair, and curated my wardrobe to limit the amount of people at the venue due to comply with social distancing regulations. Even though it was a very long day (we started filming at 2:30 p.m. and we left at 2 a.m.) it was so much fun helping to direct and meet everyone in the crew!
TWENTY2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE LOOK FROM THE VIDEO?
My favorite look from the music video is the last shot, where I’m in a glitter romper and I have glitter tears coming from my eyes.
TWENTY2: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE GOING THROUGH A TOUGH BREAKUP?
The best thing that helps me when I’m going through a breakup is to immediately surround myself with some of my best friends, go outside and be active. It also helps me to cry it out a lot, as I am a very emotional sensitive person. Crying doesn’t mean that you aren’t strong, sometimes crying means that is your strongest self coming out. I also write new music on how I am feeling and the struggles that I’m going through with my break up and why it didn’t work out successfully. But I always tell myself, I am one less heart break away from the last one.