Jesse Saint John has an impressive songwriting resume that boasts co-writes for Britney Spears, Camila Cabello and Charli XCX, among others — and now he’s ready to shine on his own. He released his shouty debut single “Move” earlier this year, and now he has an equally funky lyric video, premiering today (May 2).
The cowbell-heavy party jam wouldn’t be out of place on a ’90s teen flick soundtrack, which makes sense given Saint John’s influences: “When I was approaching writing for myself, I found myself inspired by a lot of ’90s cinema, quirky, dangerous, wild films.” he tells Billboard. “It felt energetically driven and somewhat icy and desolate, but still so fun.”
Saint John took that inspiration and ran with it for the lyric video: “My favorite video-director buddy and I shot this in one take in the parking garage where they filmed the movie GO. I was really inspired by teen cult films from the ’90s like GO, Doom Generation, Nowhere and Cruel Intentions for ‘Move,’ so we did a one-take lyrical visual in the spot.”
While Saint John couldn’t confirm rumors that he was back in the studio with Spears, he has plenty keeping him busy. Not only does he have credits on upcoming tracks by Kim Petras, Big Freedia, Alma and Lauv, but he’s dropping his follow-up single, “Fake It,” later this month. He will also be performing at LA Pride on June 10 alongside stars like Kehlani, Tove Lo and Eve.
Check out the “Move” lyric video below.