Harry Hains – ANTIBOY Single/Video “Insanity” Out Feb 9th
The next installment in the late Harry Hains’ ANTIBOY universe has been released. The new single “Insanity,” and its captivating, cinematic music video powerfully depicts the conflicting duality of one’s inner and outer existence when in the grip of a mental health spiral. PRESS HERE to stream the track, which features Harry’s poetic lyrics and angelic voice and was produced by Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Sia). Watch the evocative video Below, which stars in-demand British contemporary dance artist Leah Marojević and was directed by Agustín Farías with choreography by Alice Heyward.
Harry Hains – Single/Video “Insanity” explores the conflicting duality of one’s inner and outer existence when struggling with mental health issues. Mental health has long been an increasingly critical issue in our culture, especially among young people who are vulnerable to the challenges that our world presents when it comes to identity, race, gender, self-expression, bullying, social media, and now the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that have exacerbated mental health issues for so many. The message of “Insanity” sits at the intersection of identity, mental health, LGBTQ equality, and the ongoing epidemic of drug addiction, something that Harry struggled with and ultimately passed from. ANTIBOY and the new song “Insanity” brings to light the need for addiction to be addressed in a holistic manner because it is often a coping mechanism by those who feel they don’t “fit in” or are struggling with mental health issues. In the video, a failed scientific experiment in a lab that tries to bring relief and empty the mind of someone in the grip of a mental health spiral/addiction (representing the outer world where we can feel paralyzed by other’s judgments) leads to increasingly frenzied dancing in an empty space (representing the parallel reality of one’s inner world where we can feel like we’re spiraling). Evocative movement and frenetic energy illustrate the helplessness of the descent into losing control of one’s feelings or thoughts, expressed beautifully by in-demand British contemporary dance artist Leah Marojević.
Harry’s mother, actress Jane Badler, is the driving force behind Harry’s ANTIBOY project and is a fierce advocate for mental health, especially when it comes to youth and families experiencing addiction, which Harry struggled with, as well as the LGBTQ+ community that Harry was a part of. She has committed herself to this cause and can beautifully articulate these complex issues because she witnessed her son Harry struggle with not feeling understood or accepted throughout his childhood. Through Harry’s ANTIBOY music and message, Jane is inspiring others with her mental health and LGBTQ+ advocacy and bringing along creative influencers who are joining her mission to help those who are struggling, including Agustín Farías who directed the “Insanity” music video, Leah Marojević, and Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Sia) who produced the song with Harry’s poetic lyrics set to his angelic voice.
Harry was a genderfluid visionary artist, creative, and actor, and while he is no longer here, his beautiful vision lives on through his artist project ANTIBOY that envisions a world with no societal constructs or labels, and his family, friends, and the ever-growing circle of support that is committed to keeping his message alive.
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ANTIBOY represents a genderless transhuman living in a future non-binary world where there are no societal constructs or labels, and everyone is living authentically and seen for their inner pure consciousness. In 2020, Harry’s family released ANTIBOY’s album A Glitch In Paradise with a series of stunning visuals that included animation from Harry’s brother, 3D artist and designer Sam Hains, including the “Dream” video which represents a celebration of differences and featured transgender model/activist Andreja Pejic and directed by Charlie Chops (who has worked with Rihanna – Savage x Fenty, Kim Petras, Marina, and The Diamonds, Grimes).
Earlier this year, ANTIBOY’s song “One Love” was released in conjunction with a limited-edition T-shirt in partnership with celebrated graphic designer Jason Ebeyer and The Phluid Project to provide support for LGBTQ+ youth. 100% percent of the proceeds directly benefit The Hendrick Martin Institute (HMI), the United States’ largest LGBTQ+ youth services organization. The song was produced by famed super-producers, RedOne and Fernando Garibay who last collaborated on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album. Harry’s ANTIBOY project has received praise from the likes of Paper, Billboard, People, Pitchfork, NME Flaunt, Out, Tmrw Magazine, Nowness, The Advocate, and more.