“BIRDS”Kat Cunning Releases Music Video For “Birds” – The Hype Magazine

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Published on May 31st, 2019 | by Guest Editor


Kat Cunning Releases Music Video For “Birds”


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Singer, songwriter and actor, KAT CUNNING released the music video for her single, “Birds”  Watch HERE

This video is a queer collaboration between KAT, Mi Legget from OFFICIAL REBRAND and Cinematographer Maddie Talias.

“I put a status up on Facebook looking for a cinematographer that would be passionate about capturing the queer community honestly. A handful of people recommended Maddy Talias, who I am very lucky to say, was crazy enough to help me bring this video to life. We made a handful of impulsive decisions – choreographed a last minute phrase, threw some tulle over my head for a one-shot, and ran in circles around the space like little kids.”

The costumes were a collaboration with Mi Leggett (OFFICIAL REBRAND) and inspired by the space and movement of the video.

“The song is about birds pecking at you – thoughts that keep you up at night… the arresting feeling that you can’t and won’t ever fit in. That feeling has been very amplified for me when I was in school. In college, I used to dip class and walk to the empty auditoriums to sing the blues. Singing was sort of like yelling louder than the voices in my head. Singing and dancing have always brought me that sense of belonging and solace. I wanted us to look like the freaks in school that a lot of us were. Degenerates that bite their nails all through math to leave at the bell and dance more freely, sing more loudly and speak more clearly than the structures that hold us back.”


KAT CUNNING (aka Katrina Cunningham) crafts alternative pop songs, drawing from her study of dance as well as her time on stage.  This summer she can be seen in Netflix’s TRINKETS, adapted from a novel by “KIWI” Smith (10 Things I Hate About You). TRINKETS is a coming-of-age series following teenage girls from different social circles as they form an unlikely friendship.  Kat made her television debut in 2018 in season 2 of HBO’s The Deuce starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, playing Franco’s love interest, Christina Fuego. A rising voice on the NYC arts scene, Cunning has performed on Broadway in ‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Paramour,’ NYC’s Sleep No More and HOUSE OF YES. She was the featured performer in Refinery 29’s sold out 29Rooms exhibit with famed artist Juno Calypso and opened for recording artist LP’s sold out North American tour in 2018. Influenced by a baroque aesthetic, Cunning and her original music “Wild Poppies,” “Baby,” “Make U Say” and “Stay on the Line” have been named “One to Watch” by BBC tastemaker Annie Mac and have been featured in The New York Times, Billboard, Nylon, Teen Vogue, People Magazine, and more. She is currently working on her debut EP.

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Kat Cunning – Birds [Official Video]

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