Ready for something new to get you sweaty? As a kid, singer and choreographer Bobby Newberry was obsessed with Madonna and Michael Jackson — and it shows. He's back with a new video for a sure-to-be dance hit, "Flight From Paris," and Out.com has the exclusive premiere.
The video from director Noel Maitland is full of fluid sexuality, dark tones, and sensual moves choreographed by Newberry and Yanis Marshall. "We were going for an underground European sexy Eyes Wide Shut vibe," Newberry explains. "Fashion-forward, chic, and exclusive." They certainly achieved that.
For the exclusive premiere of "Flight From Paris" on Out.com (the single is now available on iTunes), we asked Newberry about working with Marshall and Porcelain Black and why we didn't catch him dancing in heels—just a kilt.
Out: Where was the video shot? How much prep time was there when choreographing/working on the video.
We shot the video at Beso Hollywood which is one of L.A.'s hottest restaurants. This video actually came together very quickly... I wrote "Flight From Paris" with Intyce two weeks before we shot the video—which is a super quick turn around. I worked with Yanis Marshall for one full day to create the choreography, and then we had two rehearsals with the dancers. The next day we shot the video it was definitely hectic.
The video was styled by Jonathan Burdine. The black leather kilt was his idea, and it is my favorite moment in the video actually. We used pieces from Balmain, Cèline, Dolce & Gabbana, and mixed them up with Zara, Top Shop, and vintage pieces, as well as some Jonathan Burdine originals.
Why did you decide to collaborate with Porcelain Black?
I've known Porcelain for about six years now. I was brought in to do her choreography for her music video with Lil’ Wayne "This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like." I also choreographed her tour performances when she was on the I AM music tour with Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj. We became really good friends and always support each other. So I asked her if she'd be in the video with me, and she was like, “Yeah! Of course!” Which is amazing because she looks so MAJOR in the video!
Was this the first time you'd met or danced with Yanis?
I actually did a workshop in Paris about five years ago, and he came to it and we met then. He's been a supporter of mine from the beginning, and I think he's soooo talented and such an awesome person. We've been planning on working together on something for a while now and this ended up just coming together so perfectly.
He's known for dancing in heels, but there's seem to be more comfortable footwear featured in this choreography.
I wore boots in the video, which were actually not that comfortable, LOL. Yanis was in heels the entire day, naturally. I have danced in heels many times. It's definitely fun—but not my steez.
Since you were so well-known for choreography, tell us a little about how the transition has been while working on this album?
I made the transition to music about three years ago when I recorded a cover of “Bulletproof” with Melody Thornton from Pussycat Dolls and the video went viral it was on Perez Hilton, and many other blogs. Making a transition like this is always a little bit of a challenge but I'm up for it because it's what I love to do and I can't imagine doing anything else. I write all my own music come up with my own melodies and have been working with amazing producers like Cardell McManus, who produced "Flight From Paris," Intyce, and Damon Sharpe. For me I feel it's another creative extension like choreography. I absolutely love creating music and having it come to life and I’m sooooo excited to share it with everyone.
Who are your biggest music heroes and influences?
My biggest music heroes and influences are definitely Aaliyah, the weekend, Miguel, Mariah, Beyoncé, Madonna, Prince, and always Michael Jackson. I continue to be inspired by other artists and hope that people will one day be inspired by the work that I do.
Any other big plans for 2015? live shows?
I definitely have stuff in the works live shows, more music and epic music videos to come... 2015 is going to be an amazing year—I feel it.
Watch the video below: