Can the tin man learn to unlock his heart?
Out musician Kenyth Mogan just released the video for his new track "Unlock Your Heart," which embodies a "Wizard of Oz" theme and co-stars model Ronnie Kroell.
The Huffington Post chatted with Mogan this week about "Unlock Your Heart" and his inspiration for the video.
The Huffington Post: What inspired the music video?
Kenyth Mogan: The idea for the music video came from Jeremy Sonney, who ended up co-directing it with Robb Padgett from KATR Pictures. Initially, I had my heart set on a video based on the classic TV show "Bewitched," but Jeremy didn't think it fit and came to me with the a theme built around "The Wizard of Oz." I have always loved the film and read all of the books multiple times, so I jumped at the chance to put my own spin on something so iconic.
How did Ronnie Kroell get involved?
I approached Ronnie on Facebook. I basically said, “Hey, I like your stuff! Wanna be in a music video?" A few days later we sat down for coffee, and I explained the concept and played him the song. To my happy surprise he loved it and immediately signed on -- and I'm incredibly grateful that he did, because I can't imagine the video without him.
What do you want viewers to take away from the music video?
Obviously, a magical chainsaw can only work in the Land of Oz, but I really do hope that what people take away from the video is that love’s not easy, for anyone, but it’s always possible -- if you open up your heart to it.
What’s it like being a queer artist?
I came out at the age of fifteen in north-eastern Montana, where being gay was barely recognized as a concept, let alone a life to lead. While I did face a lot of initial adversity (much of it from my own family) I also received a lot of support from many unexpected places. My experience isn't particularly unique -- people all over the country face the same challenges every day. I want to be the artist who the little gay kid facing those challenges can look to and think, “Hey, he did it. So can I!”