When electronic dance artist Wingtip left Republic Records and canceled his headlining tour in 2018, the man behind the boards — Nicholas Perloff-Giles — set out on a personal mission to rebuild himself.
In the visual for his new single “Broken Bones,” Perloff-Giles travels on a true road to recovery over a four-day trip to Vancouver in an effort to play one song where his canceled headlining was set to begin. The journey is quite literally laid out in a home movie-style video that he shot with a Super 8 camera and edited on his own, with brief notes scattered throughout to give insight on his process.
The song itself is a cleansing of sorts, with Perloff-Giles stepping in on the vocals to deliver a lyrical confessional about his latest struggles with striking honesty over an uplifting beat.
Though the lyrics arrived at a very personal moment for him, they extend to a universal feeling of anxiety and the prevailing desire to confront it. “‘Broken Bones’ was written in the midst of a crisis, and writing helped me get out of it,” he tells Billboard. “It’s about my fears and anxieties about the future, about getting older, and about trying to build myself a life that makes me happy.”
The experience proved to be transformative for Wingtip the artist, who has never sounded more confident and cohesive. On the personal end, it left Perloff-Giles with the need to do more for the people around him. As a first step, he has committed to donating a portion of the streaming and video royalties from “Broken Bones” to the LGBTQ charity The Ally Coalition.
Perloff-Giles explains, “It meant a lot to me to be able to control my music revenue stream again, and doing this as a first move just felt right.”
With “Broken Bones” leading him on the path to heal himself, Perloff-Giles proves he is up and moving again and primed to go the distance this time.
Check out the video for “Broken Bones” exclusively on Billboard below.