It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re so excited to present you guys, especially you single guys, with some tender-loving, virtuous healing courtesy of The Kiffness. Released today, his latest track titled ‘Celibate Healing’ is complemented with a groundbreaking performance and splendid art direction by Joel Janse van Vuuren in the video below.
While we could take out time dissecting David’s [aka Mr Kiff] emotional and artistic process, we’ll let him break it down for you himself. Read on to find out more about The Kiffness’ latest track ‘Celibate Healing’ and enjoy the full song below.
“The song basically started as an idea that I had to create a very sexy sounding R&B song & flip the narrative of the usual “guy singing about how bad he wants a girl” & rather make it about how unkeen he is. And now that I’ve explained it’s so much less funny, lol.
Anyway, the guys at Dolph thought it would be a good idea to base the video around this idea that I was trying to isolate myself from society & the sexual temptations that come with it, so the video takes place in a place called “Camp Celibate” where I live a simple life free of sexual temptation. That’s until I see a bear with a nice ass, and just seeing that is enough to set me off. Needless to say, the bear isn’t too impressed with me grabbing its ass without consent & quite rightly klaps me one time.
Although it’s a funny concept, it’s not actually far off from what I went through in my early 20s at Rhodes. Throughout high school & varsity, I was a devout Christian (and still am, but with a slightly different outlook). During my time at Rhodes, my desire for purity & saving myself for marriage was in constant battle with my desire for carnal pleasure. I had one foot in the church, and another foot in drinking, partying & hooking up with random girls & that constant limbo between the two took quite a severe toll on my psyche. The intense guilt that I often felt for lusting after girls with no real intention of pursuing them lead me to quite a long period of isolation from the outside world, where I didn’t want anything to do with girls or partying.
This was all very well & good and I’m grateful for that time, but on the same token, I found that isolating myself from that world almost made my sex drive more twisted & obscure. I could go weeks without feeling lust for someone or something, but then all it would take was a glance at a girl on the cover of a magazine to send my mind spiralling down into places I never wanted it to. Whereas when I was immersed in that world of drinking and partying, a glance at the same magazine wouldn’t have triggered anything.
Point being that it’s ok to try and be a better guy, but there’s a point at which suppressing your sexual urges is only doing yourself & potentially others more harm (at least that’s what I think).
Anyway, the video is very open-ended & we wanted to create something that allowed viewers to draw their own conclusions or value from the video and/or the song. If they don’t get anything from it, that’s also cool.” – The Kiffness