NIKI – Before (Official Music Video)

Official music video for “Before” by NIKI — out now:
Album “Nicole” Coming Soon

You hid me in your dorm room
It was Halloweekend, I just flew
across the globe, 22 hours just to see you
Just to barely fit on your twin-sized bed
and talk about your cool new friend
who I never met
who you dated as soon as I left

Carolina autumn
It had been a year since I saw you, since we
Ended it, had a year to grow into the girl you always wanted
now we’re holding hands, as not quite friends, but not quite lovers,
but we’ll just pretend
You say, “It’s complicated to make amends”
Well, is that the way that we’re headed then?

And you couldn’t answer me
Though you could pull me in while I brushed my teeth and let your hands both freely speak like I wasn’t ever gonna leave

You were all I’d ever known
And now I’m supposed to love you from a distance, like it’s nothing like its instant
and youuuu say “let’s just see where this goes”
And I don’t know how or why you seem just fine coz I’m having to grasp that you’re somehow not mine anymore
It’s so cruel how things are only almost like they were before

Like they were before
Like they were before
Like they were before

We walk downtown and it’s charming
You’re alarmingly disarming
Yeah we’ve got 48 hours left
before I fly back to my death
while you stay just fine and feel alive
South of the Mason-Dixon line
where everyone closes shop at 9,
where you could somehow finally find

what you were desperately looking for
Funny how you thought that was gonna be New York
with our chalkboard walls and slanted floors
Oh, we could’ve had that and so much more

Ask your new lover what it’s like to be given
a real fighting chance before you bid her good riddance
Did anything ever really count
or was I just a two-year practice round

You were all I’d ever known
And now I’m feeling stupid, you’re forbidden
They say yeah we were something,
too bad we were children
Ooh, I don’t know where to go
and I don’t know how or why you seem just fine
cause I’m looking at you & God knows you’re not mine anymore
It’s so cruel how things will never be the way they were before

Like they were before
It’s almost just like how it was before
But it’s not anymore

NIKI – Nicole Zefanya
Ben – Peter Adrian Sudarso
Ghoul – Jackie Tran
Goblin / Friend 1 – TJ Torry
Friend 2 – Erik Luminarias

Directed by Isaac Ravishankara
Rep: Doug Klinger @ Reprobates
EP – North of Now: Daniel Yaro
EP – Division7: Elizabeth Doonan
EP – 88rising: Chris Heinrich
Producer: Naby Dakhli
Producers – 88rising: Abby Wu, Emily Truong
PM/Post Producer: Dylan D. Underhill
Production Coordinator: Damiana Acuna

1st AD – Lexi Kirsch
2nd AD – Alex Spear
Key Set PA: Anthony O’Brien
DP: Zoe Simone – Yi
1st Camera Asst.: Meghan Pham, Dave Eaves
Steadicam: James Troost
Sound Mixer: Ruben Brionnes
DIT/VTR: Fahad Salam, Chris Golenor
Production Designer: Helen Morales
Art Director: Nicholas Kerr
On Set Dresser: Alex Santo Spirito
Set Dresser: Conrad Sundquist-Olmos, Drew Hall
Creative Director – 88rising: Jane Morledge
Choreographers: JA Collective

Gaffer: Thomas Sigurdsson
BBE: Christopher Williams
Set Lighting Tech: Auston Mahan, Zach Emerick, Scott Smith
Key Grip: Brendan Riel
BB Grip: Logan Alesso
Grip: Kevin Ramirez, Alex Laudeman, Connor Colby, Marc Dewey
Hair & Makeup Artist: Lili Eve Kaytmaz, Kristin Andersson
Asst. Makeup Artist: Bex Cook
Hair Stylist: Deshauna

Makeup Artist “NIKI”: Marla Vasquez
Hair Stylist “NIKI”: Athena Alberto
Nails “NIKI”: Michelle Tran
Wardrobe: Alisha Silverstein
Wardrobe Asst.: Isabel Rodriguez, Molly Danielle Wilcox, Francesca M
Wardrobe “NIKI”: Katie Qian
Wardrobe Asst. “NIKI”: Athena Mesina, Kiona Vickroy,
PA: Teresa Plascencia, Sean Cavalerie, Omri Soha, Chris Ponce, Carrie Carusone,
Camera PA: Luis Barajas
Truck PA: Mike McCarthy
On Set Photographer: Gabriel Chiu
Photographer Asst.: Liv
BTS Video: Michael Rodgers
Editor: Henry Kaplan
Asst. Editor: Sutton York
Visual FX: Zak Stoltz
Sound Design / Mix: Ben Tomastik, Kris Huayta
Color: Ethos Studio

Head of Prod: Natasha Sattler
Color Producer: Sam Cesan
Colorist: Dante Pasquinelli
Set Medic: Alex Regnaga
COVID Compliance: Marquis Willis
Studio Teacher: Stella Pacific

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