I just really love Taylor Swift.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
August 9, 2014
There are people who hate hate hate hate hate Taylor Swift, and they will hate her more for this video and this song precisely because of the phrase “haters gonna hate.” It is class-A trolling, trolling the trollers. It’s colorful, featuring people of color, using styles and tropes we’ve grown to hyperbolically love or hate, on a white background of shake-shake-shake. It’s its own meme.
It was so much fun. I woke up every day of that shoot and couldn’t wait to get to set. We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it’s just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there’s like a science to it – they’re like digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butts’ moving. It’s mind-blowing to me. They were explaining it all to me, and it’s so above my comprehension of how to understand your body.
Taylor Swift tells Rolling Stone about the video shoot (x)
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Few musical artists would dare to reinvent their sound so brazenly, especially with expectations so high. But with “Shake It Off,” Swift proves why she belongs among pop’s queen bees: As you may have guessed, the song sounds like a surefire hit; it also previews an album executive-produced by Swift and Martin. Swift will probably catch some flak for moving away from her bedrock sound, but she has never colored inside the lines. And, as “Shake It Off” shows, Swift can handle the criticism.
I’ve had every part of my life dissected — my choices, my actions, my words, my body, my style, my music. When you live your life under that kind of scrutiny, you can either let it break you, or you can get really good at dodging punches. And when one lands, you know how to deal with it. And I guess the way that I deal with it is to shake it off.
Taylor Swift tells Rolling Stone about ‘Shake it off’ (x)
It takes a long time to figure out who you are and where you fit in in the world. I’m putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I’m having fun with it, but not fitting in. They’re doing the most beautiful things, and I’m being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually you will
Taylor on the “Shake it Off” music video (x)
My idea was, life itself and who people actually are, can be greatly reflected in how they dance. I really think that. And I don’t mean how good you are… I mean your willingness to dance. You can kind of tell when you go to a house party and you see this group of people too cool for school and they are like “look at those people dancing”… and this is about those people they’re making fun of. They don’t care how they look dancing because they like dancing. Basically, I love the idea of how you can tell who someone is by how they dance. And so we started talking about ideas, we basically decided that we would get this huge group of incredible professional dancers, of all different types of dance, and throw me into the middle of them, and see what happens.
Taylor Swift + albums and first singles
It’s like I got this music in my mind sayin’ it’s gonna be alright