Last week, 7Lions released a new video for their single “Taking Over.” The song, off their EP Born 2 Run, tells the tale of coming together through music. Mikey Easterling directed the video, making a point to convey the lyrics through visuals as kids write down messages, attach them to lanterns and send them off into the night sky. Stereotude is premiering a behind-the-scenes look at what went on to make the magic happen.
We were first introduced to 7Lions at this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival. Speaking to them before their afternoon set at the Whisky a Go Go, the band's enthusiasm was on full display.
“We were all going through sh*t, trying to get to where we wanted to go,” said Mika “Prophet” Guillory on putting together "Taking Over." “It’s like an anthem for that. We’re taking over. We want our music to take over, we want our message to take over, and we want somebody to feel empowered by listening to that.”
How’d they meet?
“Christian Mingle,” joked Prophet. Actually, as the band’s guitarist Will Carpenter explained, that isn’t far off. “We’ve got to give shouts to Craigslist,” he said.
Lead singer Forrest Fulmer had put an ad up, and when Carpenter went in for an audition, something clicked.
“We started playing the songs he had lined up,” said Carpenter. “And then kind of jamming out and writing some stuff. We really meshed that way.”
The addition of Prophet came later. “I just debo’d my way in,” he said. “Just give me a mic. I’ll fight anybody.”
The group is signed to RedOne’s label, 2101 Records, and, because of their rap-rock approach they often get likened to Linkin Park, who coincidently headlined SSMF. And they don’t mind the comparison. With six guys in the band comes six different tastes, so that multi-genre reach comes naturally. And they're open to trying anything, as long as it's not country. “I just don’t like country,” said Fulmer.