ODESZA aren’t the only ones to integrate a full drum line in their live performance. Except this time, recent Grammy nominated duo Justice has enlisted one of the country’s most esteemed college marching bands in Norfolk State University’s Spartan Legion marching band.
For their newest music video conception of “Heavy Metal,” a standout on both their 2016 Woman LP and 2018’s live re-mastered Woman Worldwide, director Filip Nilsson uses the band as the full visual storyline centerpiece. Nilsson says of the band,
“I came across a clip of this marching band from Norfolk in Virgina over a year ago. I immediately knew that these guys had something special and that wanted to make a music video with them one day. Months passed and then suddenly the Heavy Metal track by Justice came my way. We contacted the the marching band leader, William Beathea, and it felt like we all knew at that point that we had to make this work. I wanted his marching band of 220 people to play the track as well as create a customized choreography. We knew it would be far from easy to pull it off. It was a very strong and emotional experience working with these musicians and dancers.”