With camera’s rolling Kalhie Qbala makes her entrance into the party. She’s got swagger like she owns the place, a blunt in her hand and every word nailed down tight to the backing track for “My State of Dementia”. In front of the camera Qbala has the confidence and poise of any veteran musician. It’s like she’s made multiple music videos and maybe even had a reoccurring role on some police drama. I wish I could say the same for myself but with Hodi’s Half Note supplying two kegs of New Belgium’s new seasonal beer Snow Day and a Bacardi Girl anchoring this party down, I might have lost some of my poise. Luckily for me my beautiful girlfriend came with and made up for everything I was lacking. Everyone in the crowd looked great and brought the ruckus to the video. Even local rappers Mr. B and Aklock made an appearance at the party.
I love Kalhie’s work ethic and that she spared nothing to create a classic Hip Hop video that represented her. New Belgium, the different locations and even the Bacardi girl carrying a lit up bottle of Bacardi, all solidified the classy Fort Collins vibe, while DJ Dominic Deadbeat and scenes like the smoked out room or the confrontation with another girl, made this video classic. No matter how many takes were needed for any scene, Kalhie finished like a determined basketball player, straight to the hole. Just killing it the whole night, she never lost the energy she seems to rock daily in life.
Kalhie expressed that her lyrics represent who she is and that Fort Collins is a big part of that. She took the idea for the video straight from the lyrics of “My State of Dementia” and wanted to show off Fort Collins in the process. She tried to incorporate everything the town has offered to her, from local businesses to the many unique people. The sweet custom bike Kalhie rides around old town was made by her friend Adam. In fact out of the five locations used for the video( Pizza Casbah, Hodi’s Half Note, College Ave, her house and a private residence) the party scene at the private residence seems to be the only location lacking any sentimental notation. Kalhie keeps a strong connection to the owners and past coworkers of Pizza Casbah, right now everyone she lives with has worked at the restaurant at some point. Hodi’s Half Note, a local venue and what Kalhie describes as her home court is were you’ll find her regularly playing shows as well as kicking suckers out (she’s a bouncer there).
Keeping everything local Kalhie hired website www.hyphytek.net to shoot the music video. It’s been fairly recent that the site has been getting involved in the local music scene, hosting a free download by local band ‘Press’, as well as videos and photo
s of multiple other bands. The music portion of Hyphytek.net seems to represent a visual catalog at this point, done for the love of music and filming. Hyphytek founder Kevin Lawley has already filmed Qbala’s live performances multiple times. He’s been a long time fan and jumped at the chance to shoot her first music video. This was their first music video but Kalhie pointed out that Kevin and his partner Andrew were incredibly professional and helpful in the creative process that happens on set, helping to find different angles, perspectives and all the while keeping the camera’s rolling. I was able to catch up with Kalhie and find out some of her inspiration and ideas for the video. Our conversation was great and I ended up obtaining way more information than I needed for this piece. Please check back in the near future for a video interview with Qbala. From their mouths, really is the best way to learn about your favorite artist! Click here to see Qbala’s music video “My State of Dementia”