“I instinctively wanted Juice to win, because he is our main character, but the goal was to present the fighting as an uphill battle in order to accurately represent the real challenges people face dealing with mental health related issues.”
– Steve Cannon
NEW VEVO FOOTNOTES EPISODE REVEALS ALMOST LOSING THE SONG, THE INFLUENCE OF ANIME AND THE ARTIST’S BATTLES WITH INNER DEMONS
Juice WRLD manager Lil Bibby and music video director Steve Cannon have partnered exclusively with Vevo for the latest installment of Vevo Footnotes to reveal new insight behind making the posthumous video tribute “Already Dead.”
In the visual, Lil Bibby and Steve Cannon talk about almost losing the session to the song, Juice WRLD’s struggles with inner demons and his dreams of one day creating his own amine. “Already Dead” was the lead single from Juice WRLD’s fourth studio album Fighting Demons.
Below is a complete outline of “Already Dead | Vevo Footnotes:
(0:22) Lil Bibby: “Juice recorded this song in 2018. The session was lost until a fan DM’d me with the recording date and studio, based off of a snippet of Juice’s Instagram Live when he teased the song.”
(0:38) Steve Cannon: “On the road, Juice would talk about one day creating his own anime. Unfortunately he never was able to realize that dream, so I feel like it’s my responsibility to uphold his creative vision.”
(1:10) Steve Cannon: “This character is named “Anti-Juice.” He represents the internal struggle Juice faced within himself. Anti-Juice regenerating is a metaphor for the resilience of mental health issues. Every time Juice appears to get a leg up on Anti-Juice, he bounces back more fiercely (a classic anime trope).”
(1:29) Lil Bibby: “I was inspired by [the Japanese manga series] ‘Demon Slayer.’ I told Steve and the team at Grade A Films and they did a good job of getting it done.”
(1:40) Steve Cannon: “‘Demon Slayer’ and ‘Naruto’ were big inspirations for this video. ‘Dragonball Super’ is another constant source of inspiration. I added the classic anime flashback in the middle of the video when Juice is being overwhelmed in combat by his evil self.”
(1:58) Steve Cannon: “The clips I pulled from were from footage I shot of Juice at the beginning of his career. This is to symbolize Juice remembering his past self in a moment of great danger.”
(2:16) Steve Cannon: “The audio in the flashback was from an old interview. I liked the inspirational message in this segment because it represents what Juice’s internal dialogue with himself would be in this situation: to never give up, despite the odds.”
(2:35) Steve Cannon: “The first time I heard the second verse, it sounded like he was having a conversation with himself. That’s where I got the idea to create an anime about him fighting the evil version of himself.”
(3:03) Steve Cannon: “Sequencing the fighting in a meaningful way was a challenge. I instinctively wanted Juice to win, because he is our main character, but the goal was to present the fighting as an uphill battle in order to accurately represent the real challenges people face dealing with mental health related issues.”
(3:28) Steve Cannon: “The attack on Juice uses on the snowy mountain flight scene is based on the final move that ‘Demon Slayer’s’ Rengoku uses in the ‘Mugen Train’ movie. There are some parallels between the Juice character and Rengoku that make that scene even more powerful,”
(3:50) Steve Cannon: “I intentionally did not want to have the video end with a winner or a loser. The impact comes when you realize that battles Juice faced within himself could not be contained in just one video with one fight. There are many battles fought within the mind of Juice, this was just one of them.”
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