Sam Smith Celebrates Gay Ballroom Culture In New Video "Promises"
We're still pissed at him for talking slick about Michael Jackson but this is ok. Sam Smith just dropped his new music video and it showcases his passion for gay clubbing and culture.
After several chart-straddling soulful ballads, Smith has returned to his dance roots with his latest cut, Promises. It’s a collaboration with Calvin Harris.
Smith, who is a well known regular at nights such as London’s Horse Meat Disco, has taken the opportunity to reflect his love of clubbing in the music video. The film, directed by longtime collaborator, Emil Nava, shines the spotlight on queer, ballroom culture.
It begins with ballroom devotees explaining what they love about vogueing and participating in ballroom events.
‘It’s just like that let go, of like, not having to be somebody that I don’t want to be at that time,’ says one.
‘It’s fantasy. One hundred percent fantasy,’ explains another.
‘Finding vogue, it allowed me to express myself in a way that I couldn’t express anywhere else,’ says another.
The rest of the video – shot in Los Angeles – features vogue dances spinning, dropping and walking on dancefloors and catwalks. Among those also featured in the visual, besides Smith and Harris, is model Winnie Harlow.