Marshmello Places a “Spotlight” on Mental Illness in New Video

“For this video, I just wanted what Gus would have wanted."

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Marshmello takes a moment to highlight mental illness in “Spotlight”; the collaborative single with Lil Peep.

Directed by Nick Koenig, who also envisioned Peep’s “Awful Things” visual, the video stars a young woman draped in emo apparel and green hair. In “Spotlight”, you see her reminiscing in the shower as the clip pans from an old photo with a companion, to a sword, then a knife. Next, she rushes back to Crybaby’s diner to find the place in shambles.

In a press release, the director gives a backstory of the video: “Relationships have a way of overwhelming the meaning and context of physical items to the point of hijacking them. What once was just a household item might now be something that reminds us of that relationship to a point where it overpowers what that item was traditionally meant for. These objects end up developing a shared significance between those in the relationship.”

He added, “Like Peep’s passing, no one got to say goodbye properly but the objects he left us (his body of work both musical and social) remain ours to share in our relationship with him.”

Marshmello made a statement about the two minute clip as well, “For this video, I just wanted what Gus would have wanted. And I think this is exactly it.”

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