In their new video for Empire Vampire, The Goodnight Darlings – Kat Auster & Wilson Jaramillo – take their viewers on an epic journey of the ultimate ultimate party animals – the Vampires that inhabit the city. In the video, good and evil co-mingle as Kat’s character, The Golden Goddess holds court among a cast of dancers, acrobats, sword swallowers and knife throwers that in real life include performers from Cirque Du Soleil and The Orlando Ballet.
Take a look at the video – then read on as Kat, The Goodnight Darlings lead singer, takes us inside this dark fantasy with five secrets from behind the scenes!
So here’s what you didn’t know – in Kat’s own words!
TAKES FROM THE DARKSIDE
We traveled to Florida to shoot the video in a vacant mansion – and it was straight up haunted!
It’s called the Howey Mansion, and it has quite a big history. It was built by a Florida citrus King in the 1920’s, but no one lives in it now.
When I was resting on the sofa, close to 4am while Wilson was doing his shot in front of the main gate, I felt a whisper in my ear! After that, I made Wilson wait outside the bathroom door anytime I had to use it during filming! Hahah! So scary!!
AROUND THE CLOCK
The shoot took months of planning and then months of post production. The actual filming took 1 week, with a focus of 3 intense days in the mansion.
The 3 days in the mansion were just about round the clock. We didn’t wrap the last shoot until 5am the next morning.In the course of that time we blasted the song over and over. I lost count – but I think it must have played hundreds of times! Everybody knew my lyrics!
SNAKE CHARMER – Ramses the snake was very goofy! I don’t like snakes, but I have to admit he was one charming snake. He’d goof around between takes, swinging his head side to side. But then when Roger would shout action- he’d snap to and kind of dance with me as I posed. What a unique creature! The only time I got scared was when he swung his neck around and put his tongue in my ear for a second! I almost lost it!!
UNDER THE KNIFE
Bernard Hazan, billboard star from this year’s Cirque de Soleil, was the amazing performer juggling fire and throwing knives. The lady he’s throwing knives at is his really cool wife Alison. Late night after we filmed the final scenes, he offered to throw knives at me in case I wanted to feel the sensation. I said YES and jumped up, but I felt Wilson’s arm around my waist. He asked me not to do it. So cute! So I declined after all, but lead stylist Joey Bevan jumped in. He was always so fun and up for anything..And he survived the daggers. Bernard never misses..
DRESSED TO KILL
The two dresses I wore both had secrets!!
The gold one was really a black dress. Joey spray painted it like a graffiti artist and carefully laid gold leaf all over it by hand. The second huge white ball gown of Duchess TSatin is my actual wedding dress.