Netsky and Rita Ora Release Music Video for Collaborative Single “Barricades”
Internationally-known headline artists Netsky and Rita Ora team up to create an energetic summer anthem with “Barricades,” with an official music video featuring a captivating performance by Rita Ora. Combining Netsky’s trademark energetic production style and knack for a soaring pop chorus with Rita Ora’s distinctive uplifting vocals, “Barricades” carries a powerful message about breaking down walls for the sake of love, all against an energetic drum and bass production forefront.
On the collaboration, Netsky says,
I’ve wanted to work with Rita since I heard “RIP,” so it was really special to get her and Stargate together in the studio again. We wanted to make a song that really showcased the power of her voice. The song is about the battles people go through being in love. We combined the simple beauty of pop with the power of breaks/drum and bass. I want to make dance music that has honesty and emotion – I think this song is that.
Rita Ora adds,
It’s been amazing to work with Netsky on “Barricades.” It’s an honour to get to work with such a talented producer, especially on a track like this. Collaborating on another drum n bass record a decade after my first No. 1 ‘Hot Right Now’ with DJ Fresh, feels like coming home, and I’m beyond excited for everyone to hear it. I hope they love dancing to it as much as I do!
For a song as spirited and lively as this one, it makes sense that the music video, directed in Los Angeles by Joe Mischo, would highlight dancing in its uninterrupted form, save for some tasteful lighting changes. Rita Ora is the primary focal point, but is accompanied by backup dancers who are certainly important to the final visual. Starting with golden hues against a black backdrop, the music video quickly sets the tone for the minimalist, yet strinking, approach. As the song progresses, relaying the desire for closeness through communication, and electronic breaks shift the soundscape, red and blue hues switch off and pulsing lights match the drum n bass environment. Be sure to watch through to the end of the video, where an orchestral finish in the production complements the visual experience.