Japanese-Chinese male dance collective WARPs UP released a new music video for their track ‘Cloud 9’ on YouTube.
Following the release of ‘Hali Gali’ in November, WARPs UP collaborated on ‘Cloud 9’ with producer/songwriter team Tony Esterly and Paige Blue. Their past hits include ‘Satisfied’ by Sia and several tracks for BTS. Since WARPs UP aims to redefine dance and its place within performance and entertainment, the studio session for ‘Cloud 9’ saw the collaborators creating the song while considering the choreography in tandem. The result is a fresh and exciting song with a natural groove and lyrics in Japanese, English and Chinese.
The music video was created by Kanto Tsuji, an up-and-coming video creator who specializes in extremely dense digital visual design. The video features WARPs UP members performing their trademark dance breaks, intertwined with stylish VFX flourishes.
As a successful choreographer who works with many artists, WARPs UP member RIKIMARU created the ‘Cloud 9’ dance moves. The world-class choreography seen in the video was supervised by globally renowned dancer and director Rino Nakasone.
WARPs is an abbreviation of Wave Assemble Radical People-syndicate, based on the concept of creating waves of innovation. It is a project that produces a variety of unique artistic works and transcends national borders. WARPs UP is one of the groups within the WARPs project.
The group includes two members from Japan and two from China. In addition to RIKIMARU, the Japanese side also features SANTA, a top-level dancer who has earned World Champion’s title at a world-renowned dance battle. Meanwhile, Chinese members MINGJUN and LANBYI gained performing experience as trained idols in China.