Justine Skye gave InStyle a sneak peek of the music video for her latest single, “Collide,” last month, and it’s been pretty hard for us to keep the details under wraps. Now that the video (which you can watch here on YouTube) officially made its debut last night on 106 and Park, we get to share the exciting deets revealed by the singer-songwriter from Brooklyn.
To get the perfect mix of what Skye calls “slow and sexy” for the sure-to-be hit, she teamed up with Tyga and DJ Mustard, the hip-hop producer behind songs from Wiz Khalifa and T.I. They headed out to Palmdale, CA, for the video shoot--check out what what went down on set. (And learn why heels weren't meant to be worn in the sand.)
You’re only 19 years old. How did you decide to skip the standard college scene and start making music?
I was applying for college and in the process of getting signed at the same time, so there was a lot going on. I got a record deal, and I decided that I wanted to focus on my career. I went to a frat party for Halloween once, and I was so terrified—I don’t think I’ll ever go to a frat party again! There were a million people there, and I was like, “Is this life?”
The video has some seriously stylish moments. Which look is your favorite?
The Helen Yarmak fur was my favorite [jump to 0:30 in the video to check it out]. It was hot outside, but the coat was open in the back. I felt like I was Sully from Monsters, Inc. when I was wearing it! I felt like a thug—and so New York. Because we were shooting in LA, we wanted it to still have that New York element to it.
How long has your hair been purple?
Purple’s been my thing for about three years. Sometimes my hair is long, and sometimes it’s short, but it’s always consistently purple! I get it done professionally, but when I need to refresh it on my own, my whole bathroom turns purple for three days.
What was it like to film in the desert during the video’s one-day shoot?
It was pretty chill, but my heels were sinking into the ground. We had to put a cardboard box on the sand for me to stand on, but even still, my heels were poking through. I was falling every five seconds! There were bugs, too—it was crazy.
How would you describe your style?
What do you love most about this song?
DJ Mustard played me this beat, and I was like, alright—this is the sound I’m going for. Everyone can connect to this song. Everyone’s felt like they were in love, or had that moment when they’re ready to open themselves up to the person they love at that moment.
Who would you be starstruck to meet?
I met her. I met Beyonce. I didn’t say one word to her—I was so scared. She shook my hand, and I really almost cried. It was the hand I hold the mic with, so it was blessed by Beysus.
Check out the official video for "Collide," below!