Behind the Scenes with Dalton Rapattoni

Behind the Scenes with Dalton Rapattoni

We had the amazing opportunity to go behind the scenes for Dalton Rapattoni's latest music video 'Heaven'. We wanted to showcase the things that go backstage during a music video production but at the same time ask Dalton more about his new album and this new music video. Check out the exclusive footage from behind the scenes and learn more about Dalton and his latest work:

Filming the close-up shots on top of a hill.

Filming the close-up shots on top of a hill.

 MFP: What was the inspiration behind the single “Heaven?”

Dalton: I went through a pretty rough relationship a few years ago. It was pretty abusive on both sides, and we split up after a little while. After some time, however, we started to pick things up again and put our relationship back together, and Heaven is about realizing that sometimes the person you're the happiest with can also be the person that you've gone through hell with. 

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MFP: Did you have the video concept in mind while writing the song or did it come after? What was the thought process behind that? 

Dalton: I actually didn't. The director Walid Azami came up with the concept. He's one of the most talented guys I've ever worked with and everything he puts his hands on turns to gold.

Music Director Walid Azami explains his vision for the space and the direction he is going for. 

Music Director Walid Azami explains his vision for the space and the direction he is going for. 

MFP: What do you want listeners to take away from your album Nobody’s Home?

Dalton: Really I just want them to have a good time listening to it. Maybe if they cry a couple times that'd be cool. I just hope they like it.

Position Dalton up front and center - planning to shoot using the natural light that is shinning into the room.

Position Dalton up front and center - planning to shoot using the natural light that is shinning into the room.

MFP: How do you think your time on American Idol helped you evolve into the artist you are now?

Dalton: I think it helped me realize what people wanted to see from me. When you're on the show you become very aware of what people think about you. It's a good place to figure out what works and what doesn't.

Walid Azami demonstrates the goal for that particular take.

Walid Azami demonstrates the goal for that particular take.

MFP: How would you describe your sound?

Dalton: We've been saying alternative pop because it's a pretty broad thing to say. To be honest I don't know. It's definitely pop, but it kinda shifts from song to song. It's up to whoever listens to it to decide, ya feel?

Dalton preps himself for the next scene. 

Dalton preps himself for the next scene. 

MFP: What’s the main inspiration for this album? 

Dalton: There wasn't really a singular inspiration. I drew from a few different areas of my life. A lot of the songs are about one particular relationship, but the whole album is more just about different experiences I've had.

Dalton and Walid preview the recent take.

Dalton and Walid preview the recent take.

MFP: How did you come up with the album title?

Dalton: We wanted an album title that could mean more than one thing depending on your perspective, and we knew we wanted to involve the whole "Nobody" thing, and Nobodys Home felt good when we considered the possible meanings.

Dalton was always very receptive to the direction of Walid.

Dalton was always very receptive to the direction of Walid.

MFP: What song would you say means the most to you?

Dalton: I think the one that means the most to me is Would You Like That. It's about a really bad, painfully flawed, but incredibly passionate relationship I had, and WYLT was one of those songs I wrote more for therapy than anything else.

MFP: In the process of creating the album, is there an event or an experience that happened to you that impacted the album or a particular song? 

Dalton: I'm not sure if this counts, but Somewhere in America had several different versions, and like 6 alternate verses. To be honest if we included all of the alternate lyrics it'd be like a 9 minute song.

They moved to the bathroom scene.

They moved to the bathroom scene.

MFP: If you were to describe the album in four words, which ones would they be?

Dalton: Hope You Like It

Dalton enjoying the cold tub water.

Dalton enjoying the cold tub water.

MFP: What do you think was the boldest choice you’ve made after American Idol? 

Dalton: Probably the decision to start over on several songs and go out to LA to write more. We thought we knew what direction we were heading in late 2016, but we had a moment where we all had to ask ourselves if we were happy with it, and we made the call to scrap it and start over. That was a tough one.

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MFP: If you had the chance to collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

Dalton: I would absolutely love to work with Bishop Briggs. She's one of my absolute favorite new artists. 

They hiked the hill to get the last parts of filming.

They hiked the hill to get the last parts of filming.

MFP: If could travel back in time prior to joining IM5, what advice would you give yourself now that you’ve seen the music business from so many different angles?

Dalton: I'd tell myself to try a lot harder when Hey Violet was looking for a member back in 2013, lol.

MFP: As an artist what are the good and the bad of going independent?

Dalton: The fact that I'm more in control of what I do is very nice, however there is a LOT more responsibility when you're a solo artist 

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MFP: Tell us about the creative process of this music video

Dalton: So I've been friends with Walid Azami since I was like 15, and he's always been the most amazing director I've ever seen, so when I decided to make my own video I immediately went to him and asked if he'd do it. He's such a genius that I really didn't want to get in the way much. We talked concepts and all that but when it came to the nitty gritty of it I just let him do his thing, and I think it came out great

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We hope that you enjoyed learning more about Dalton and his new music video. We would love to thank the video director Walid Azami and his crew for allowing us on set during the video shoot. Be sure to learn all about this music video on the video below - also to learn how to photograph and make money from photography be sure to check out: howtophotograph.net 

WATCH THE MAKING OF DALTON'S 'HEAVEN' VIDEO:

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