Published on 17 Apr 2013
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis present the official music video for Can’t Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton.

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    Note from Ryan Lewis:

    It seems like when a music video comes out, the title that receives all of the credit and travels with a film is that of the director. It’s as though the director is the “artist” or “creator” of the music video, when in reality a music video is first a written treatment, produced (putting together ingredients like actors and locations), shot and directed, cut on the editing board and finally color graded. The music might be fine tuned and scored specifically for that film. There are so many variables that are completely equal if not sometimes more complicated than directing, it’s a shame that so much credit comes down to whoever fulfills that position. A director wouldn’t have shit to direct without a producer. A producer would have nothing to produce without a writer, and so forth.

    For our team, I think it’s even more complicated because roles tend to cross over. We simply don’t work within the conventional hierarchy of the film industry (director, producer, etc.) Sure, people have concrete pre-defined roles based on their expertise, but our team has the remarkable ability to wear multiple hats. Can’t Hold Us was a video that showcased this well.

    After three months of shooting, finally getting to those last few frames where you reveal the credits, it’s a tense moment. There isn’t exactly a sensible way to do it, if we’re trying to fit people into classic film roles. It leads me to the point that although we do our best to give people titles, this was a video fully created by seven individuals at the forefront. Take any of those people out of the equation, you’d be watching a very different video. I write this in hopes that you don’t fall under the illusion that one person creates a music video, particularly at the Macklemore camp. We are constantly challenging and enhancing each others ideas and I take pride in believing that’s the reason we make great videos. – Ryan Lewis

    Music Video:

    Written By
    Ben Haggerty
    Ryan Lewis
    Tricia Davis

    Directed By
    Ryan Lewis
    Jason Koenig
    Jon Jon Augustavo

    Produced By
    Tricia Davis
    Honna Kimmerer
    Jenny Koenig

    Ben Haggerty
    Ryan Lewis
    Ray Dalton
    Owuor Arunga
    Da Kadu Brown

    Director of Photography
    Jason Koenig
    Ryan Lewis
    Mego Lin

    Stedicam Operators
    Chris Duerkopp
    Rhys Duncan
    Ant Ireland
    Alex Kornreich

    Production Assistants
    Linda SImonsen
    Jackie Ganger
    Edward Tran
    Adam Leeman
    Nic Adenau
    Johnny Valencia
    Ben Campofreda
    Seth McDonald
    Mitchell Overton
    Lei Tao

    Editing & Color Grading
    Ryan Lewis
    Jason Koenig

    Post Production Supervisor
    Erik Hustad

    Special Thanks
    Victory Studios
    Koerner Camera
    Space Needle
    Ryan Sanson
    Lady Washington
    Logan Neitzel
    Sierra Blu Kennels
    USC FIJI House
    Niche Camera
    Karen Stimwell & Co.
    Hollywood Props, Auckland
    Helicopters Northwest
    Niche Camera
    Absolute Technologies
    Court in the Square
    First Scene Costume, Auckland
    Painted Camels Unlimited
    Graeme Menzies
    Colin McKay
    Daniel Cooper
    Mercury Bay Aero Club
    Whitianga Charters
    Dylan Henderson
    Jason Bosch
    Kyle Bosch
    Hollywood Animals
    Michael Barrett/United Reprographics
    Peter Pathe


    Can’t Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton
    (B. Haggerty, R. Lewis, R. Dalton)
    Macklemore Publishing BMI, Ryan Lewis Publishing BMI
    Produced by Ryan Lewis for Macklemore DBA Ryan Lewis LLC
    Written by Macklemore
    Additional Vocals by Ray Dalton, Camila Recchi, Victoria Fuangaromya, Tyler Andrews
    Trumpet by Owuor Arunga
    Trombone by Greg Kramer
    Violin, Bells, and String Arrangement by Andrew Joslyn
    Violin by Caroline Faflak
    Violin by Jared MacFarlane
    Viola by Elisa Clegg
    Cello by Danah Olivetree
    Cello by Natalie Mai Hall
    Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Lewis, Ben Haggerty
    Macklemore/RyanLewis Studios, Seattle, WA
    Mastered by “Big Bass” Brian Gardner, Hollywood, CA


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    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis managed by Zach Quillen

    Can we go back, this is the moment
    Tonight is the night, we’ll fight till it’s over
    So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
    Like the ceiling can’t hold us

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