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TREVOR NEWTON
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Q: If you could commission a video for any artist, who would it be and why?
A: I’d sell my soul to commission/direct a Lana Del Rey, SZA, or Perfume Genius video… all time living or dead, I would have loved to work with Amy Winehouse or Aretha Franklin. I’m attracted to artists who embrace the romantic and the tragic and the grotesque, and funnel all of that emotion into performance. That’s magic to me. Oh, also Celine Dion!

Q: What’s one of the craziest things you’ve witnessed being on set while #WorkingAtAtlantic?
A: At the end of one 16 hour shoot day, I brought Cardi some chicken satay and she twerked in front of me, many months pregnant, saying “f*ck b*tches, get chicken!” I think that was when I peaked.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for LGBTQ+ representation to be included in the music industry? And how has it shaped your career so far?
A: The more LGBTQ+ people hired by major labels, the more LGBTQ+ voices amplified in music – it’s that simple. The only reason I do what I do is so that some young closeted queer kid watching videos on youtube will see themselves and feel included. There is so much power in seeing yourself represented among your idols, and I feel like it’s my responsibility to help my community take up space in the industry.

Q: Any advice for young people pursuing a career in music?
A: Lead with kindness. Nothing else matters. Clout doesn’t exist.

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Q: If you could commission a video for any artist, who would it be and why?
A: I’d sell my soul to commission/direct a Lana Del Rey, SZA, or Perfume Genius video… all time living or dead, I would have loved to work with Amy Winehouse or Aretha Franklin. I’m attracted to artists who embrace the romantic and the tragic and the grotesque, and funnel all of that emotion into performance. That’s magic to me. Oh, also Celine Dion!

Q: What’s one of the craziest things you’ve witnessed being on set while #WorkingAtAtlantic?
A: At the end of one 16 hour shoot day, I brought Cardi some chicken satay and she twerked in front of me, many months pregnant, saying “f*ck b*tches, get chicken!” I think that was when I peaked.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for LGBTQ+ representation to be included in the music industry? And how has it shaped your career so far?
A: The more LGBTQ+ people hired by major labels, the more LGBTQ+ voices amplified in music – it’s that simple. The only reason I do what I do is so that some young closeted queer kid watching videos on youtube will see themselves and feel included. There is so much power in seeing yourself represented among your idols, and I feel like it’s my responsibility to help my community take up space in the industry.

Q: Any advice for young people pursuing a career in music?
A: Lead with kindness. Nothing else matters. Clout doesn’t exist.

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