Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Co-Director Tau Muino: Q&A

As the “Montero” video has come to be a cultural lightning rod, Tanu Muino, who co-directed the video clip with Lil Nas X, has loved viewing the planet system their shared eyesight. The Ukrainian music video director — who also helmed the clip for Cardi B’s No. 1 one “Up,” as perfectly as latest visuals for Katy Perry and Rosalía — received the option to do the job on the “Montero” video in late January, with only a few months to deliver a sprawling, classically inspired environment to lifestyle in February. “It was my initially time remaining a co-director,” Muino tells Billboard, “but now I can tell it is so awesome, because you can make a little something together with pretty proficient persons like Nas.”

Underneath, Muino discusses how the “Montero” online video came with each other, the impact of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, staying accused of currently being an Illuminati member, and owning to direct the now-legendary lap dance scene in excess of Zoom. (Note: this job interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.)

This was your initial time functioning with Lil Nas X. How did you occur to collaborate with him?

I was in L.A. at Columbia Information, and I fulfilled Saul [Levitz], his [music video] commissioner, who he has so many wonderful artists, like Rosalía and Lil Nas. Past year I built [the “Juro Que” video] for Rosalía, and I was like, “I will need to make a single with Lil Nas X!” I was in L.A. in January building Cardi B’s movie, and read from Columbia: “Do you want to compose a remedy on Lil Nas’ movie?” I was like, “Of study course!”

When I saw the “Holiday” video, I was demonstrating the video to all my close friends, like, “I can hardly ever do a thing like this, it is so challenging.” In just about every video, Nas is [reaching] a new stage, a outrageous new degree. So I was contemplating, if it was [after] “Holiday,” what could he want up coming? Then I see him, and he’s so sweet, oh my God. And he cherished my treatment.

How did the principle of that treatment occur alongside one another, with all these unique established pieces and re-imaginings of several mythological and spiritual imagery? What ended up those conversations like?

He wrote something pretty apparent not a ton of text, but you browse it and can picture all the story. He experienced this principle — simply because it was his own tale, and he preferred to open [himself] up in this movie and tune — so it was very apparent. For me, it was up to us to build this full environment together, and make it like the glue, and to visualize all these areas and this world.

It is unbelievable how numerous strategies are bursting out of this online video, in particular taking into consideration its length.

Yeah, it was a whole lot of suggestions, and the keep track of was only a few minutes, so to place it all collectively in people 3 minutes was incredibly challenging. What I was pondering about at first have been Bosch paintings — since he experienced this painting [The Garden of Earthly Delights] that’s this excellent triptych of heaven, hell, and the previous judgment. From this, I arrived to imagine all these worlds alongside one another. In all my video clips I really like to use wonderful architecture, and in his paintings we see these types of exclusive items. Also he developed a large amount of colourful information and his possess creatures, animals that by no means existed, so for me he was a big inspiration.

But also, I required to consider Bosch and put it in at present. You need to collaborate, and Nas has this unique design. Anytime he’s likely out on some awards or purple carpet, his appears to be like are so very good. So I was pondering to just take Bosch and make it style, make it sparkle, blend it up and make it something in involving.

Can you explain the get the job done that went into perfecting the several costumes and hairstyles?

All these particulars were created by Nas’ awesome artwork director, Hodo [Musa], who’s just following-amount. I consider I experienced only a single look in my mind: When I was a kid, I was watching MTV nonstop, and in my intellect I had this appear of Britney [Spears] and Justin [Timberlake] in an all-denim look, and that was in my mind all the time. [Laughs.] I noticed the judges in the movie in denim, encouraged by this photograph — because it’s so exceptional and I experienced never found it in advance of. I desired that in that component. Everyone remembers that look!