Areas of Hamilton don’t only make good backdrops for movies, something recording artist Eric Nally recently discovered.
Nally, who recently was featured on the “Downtown” song and video by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, made a music video of his own called “Believe,” which he shot in Hamilton’s Second Ward and in the former Champion Paper mill, among other locations.
Nally, most noted as front man of the band Foxy Shazam, was sporting a dramatic mustache and punkish bowl-cut hairstyle as he danced on Walnut Street and in a white tunnel in the former paper mill. He also appears to be dangling high above the city from a microphone, in a scene that visually outdoes a similar concept used by singer Harry Styles in one of his recent videos.
“We actually really hung him, I guess he was probably 20 feet off the ground, from a microphone cable, so that you got the real feeling of the muscles and everything — you could see the actual strain of trying to hang on, so I think that helped a lot,” said Monique Lane, of Hamilton, and the video’s executive producer.
Nally lives in Milford, but has been a regular visitor to his good friends and Hamilton residents Monique and Brandon Lane. Aside from loving Hamilton’s architecture, he has a special affinity because years ago, as a teen, he put on his first concert in the city.
“The city was really cool about walking us through all kinds of locations, and letting us check them out before we shot,” said Monique Lane, whose company is Molane Projects.
Residents of the Second Ward, police, and property owners were especially helpful, she added. Along Walnut Street, “they were super cool: We did community outreach beforehand, and talked to everybody on the street to make sure everyone was cool with it.”
A woman holding a baby and a girl riding on a scooter were happy to be part of the video, she said.
“Working with the city was amazing,” Lane said. “I can’t say enough about how cooperative they were. And we even shot a property outside of town, where Eric’s being drug through the grass. Even with the police department blocking the roads, and it was on Memorial Day, so they had a parade. Everybody was so cool about it, and wanted it to happen.”