It’s 10 o’clock at night, and I’m in a warehouse deep in Queens, NY, standing in an empty hallway. I’ve arrived in this seemingly deserted yet secretly thriving space to meet Pendulum People, a Brooklyn-based artist collective and collaborative musical force that has been embraced by the borough’s streets and hearts. Over the last two years, the group — vocalist Nova Zef, choreographer Justin Conte, music producer and fashion designer Lukas Van Der Fecht (aka LDVF), and dancer Soraya Lundy — has gone from a one-song act to a full-fledged spectacle. Each time they take the stage, their artistry unfolds like a story in front of the audience.
Once I step out of the fluorescent lighting of the warehouse hallway and into the studio space, I find myself in near-total darkness. The only light source in this home-turned-dance-studio is a spotlight hanging from the vaulted ceilings. Shining directly down onto the dance floor, it partially illuminates a few figures moving through the space. It was the group’s idea that I capture their collaborative spirit on set for the making of Zef’s latest music video, for her soon-to-be-released single “Removed.”
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