Behind the making of “What is Love” music video by Lauren Mayhew
Lauren Mayhew, Uriah Faber, and Andre Fili deliver a KNOCKOUT with “What is Love”
The cinematic music video adds a modern twist to the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Mayhew finds herself torn between rival gangs. Not Capulets or Montegues. Instead, the action-packed music video features rival MMA fight teams.
Lauren Mayhew and Uriah Faber
Who is Lauren Mayhew?
When you’ve been a member of a pop rock band that toured with Britney Spears, Aerosmith, and Destiny’s Child (to name just three), interviewed Hollywood’s best and most famous entertainers on a nationally-syndicated TV show (Access Hollywood), and starred in one of the most wildly successful comedy movie franchises of all-time (American Pie), where do you go from there? For multi-faceted and multi-talented LAUREN MAYHEW, the answer lies in a single word – UP.
LAUREN MAYHEW has starred in “Raise Your Voice” – New Line Cinema, “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “Law and Order,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Frat Party” – Showtime, and recurred on NBC’s “American Dreams” to list a few of her impressive credits.
Lauren has also hosted major network TV shows such as NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and The N Network’s “Real Access.” In addition, Miss Mayhew has hosted for numerous awards shows and live events such as the American music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Lauren is active in the charity sector as well, and has been a main spokeswoman and host for the Phoenix House Celebrity Charity Gala for over 5 years now. This organization raises money to rehabilitate our youth who have taken the wrong path with substance abuse.
One of her most recent stints was as the Ring Announcer and National Anthem singer for all the network fights for the WWE where she traveled the world and was exposed to MILLIONS of viewers on Syfy and MyNetworkTV.
In the musical dance trend that is sweeping the world’s airwaves, MAYHEM makes her own original stamp by combining her raspy voice with ‘all the rage’ Dance/Electronic beats. She takes these infectious driving dance beats that would rock out any club, and drenches them with the edgy rock ’n’ roll riffs to add a SIGNATURE SASS all her own.
MAYHEM toured Japan, Dubai, and various states in the US last year to enthusiastic, packed crowds. In her most recent Japan stint she was featured on FOX NEWS International and in many magazines and radio stations. In Dubai, MAYHEM is the muse of haute couture designer, Stephanie Villarreal, and will appear in numerous Dubai magazines wearing her designs during her performance at premiere supper club/nightclub: OKKU.
I got a chance to sit down with Lauren to get a glimpse into her life as a performer and also a behind the scenes look into filming her new music video “What is Love.”
How did you get started in this business?
I got started in the entertainment industry when I was about 10 years old and got the opportunity to star in Broadway’s musical, “Showboat,” however television came knocking as I got a simultaneous opportunity to star as a series regular in the PBS kids TV show, “The Reppies.”
Shortly after that I won a Wilhelmina talent contest in Florida and in the Southeast and was flown out to NYC where I met my New York theatrical manager and talent agent. I ended up booking a series regular role on a soap opera, “Guiding Light,” and continued to follow my dreams from there.
What inspires your music?
I write all of my own music. I get inspired by events that happen around me and in my own life. I am most moved by melodies, so I usually start with a concept in my head that the track makes me feel and simply start singing along. I know when I get a melody that works because it sticks in my head and weaves with the music to create something memorable and special.
How would you describe your music style?
My music is electronic dance music or electro-pop, but it is fused with gritty synths and hooky guitar riffs, which I think separate it from the rest. The overall vibe and lyrical theme of my songs are focused more on the bigger picture. The tone and intention is more in the vein of a Lana Del Rey or Zedd than of a Kesha or Britney Spears.
How would you express your love for music?
Singing is a release. It’s an exploration into the soul and an emotional outlet. I feel like it’s the truest version of me when I am out on a stage in front of a crowd singing something that came from real life. There is nothing more vulnerable, raw, powerful, or inspiring than connecting with other people with something you created.
Tell us about your new music video.
This upcoming music video is exciting for so many reasons. First, it’s for my song “What Is Love,” which I feel is such a strong record, and is so fun to let loose and dance to.
Second, I shot this video with 10 MMA fighters including some of the biggest names from UFC such as Urijah Faber and Andre Fili. The storyline of this video is a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet where the two different ‘families’ and composed of two opposing ‘fight crews’ of the most baddass MMA fighters. I trained myself so that I could keep up with them and we not only shot in two gorgeous and gritty boxing gyms such as Prevail and Trinity Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, but we also shot for a full day out in Hungry valley in the desert. Except close up beauty shots, but also expect cinematic action shots filmed in slow-motion on the Red Epic.
Who was your wardrobe in the video?
What I wore in the video was Elisabetta Rogiani (designer workout brand), H&M, Forever 21, and Torque (Urijah Faber’s MMA brand). Styling by JRPros.
FULL LENGTH video releases Friday, April 4th on
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To learn more about Lauren Mayhew, check out www.laurenmayhew.com