Electro-Pop Singer Madelin Features Brooklyn Drag Queens in New Music Video for 'High School Boys'

Jose Dao


In her song “High School Boys,” electro-pop singer-songwriter Madelin sings about feeling nostalgic for the days of her childhood. Her new video for the synth-heavy Sean McVerry remix of the track capitalizes on that nostalgic feeling. The video, premiering below, looks as though it’s being played on a VHS tape, with creative visuals and various performers making up the content.

Appearing in the video with Madelin are a number of up-and-coming Brooklyn-based drag queens, including West Dakota and 10-year-old Desmond Is Amazing. “We wanted this video to be a collaboration involving and celebrating the artists Jose [Dao, the video’s director] and I know and love here in Brooklyn,” Madelin told Billboard.

Madelin also said the various props and design elements in the video were self-made. “We spent hours in thrift shops digging through props to find the perfect pieces we then hand-painted and embellished to look whimsical and dreamlike,” she said. “We painted a large canvas backdrop on my roof in the middle of December and got paint all over our feet. I made a towering headpiece covered in roses, red velvet and tiny plastic babies I got at the dollar store.”

McVerry said he wanted the remix of the song to be reminiscent of arcade games from his youth. “You know when you’re in an arcade and you’ve just run out of quarters?” he asked. “The only solace you have in your quarter-less state is that the music in the game is groovy, and you can sit there totally content for a few minutes. I just brought it into the arcade where I might have been hanging out in the '90s.”

Madelin’s upcoming remixes EP, The Peachmixes, is out April 13.

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