Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of “Money Spent” Video: Exclusive

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Koe Wetzel has unleashed the music video for “Money Spent,” a track off of his fifth studio album, Hell Paso, which also arrives today (September 16th). After vanquishing zombies during the apocalypse in the music video for “Creeps,” Wetzel steps back to showcase the fast-paced life of an artist who’s continuing to pioneer his way to stardom with his distinct style.

The Northeast Texas musician doesn’t pigeonhole himself into one genre, but instead combines sounds to build an artist that takes his Texas roots and melds them with grunge and country styles. This approach is in full effect with “Money Spent,” as the opening portion of the track sees Wetzel in a somber state, both in lyrics and a heavy-hearted guitar.

In the new video, Wetzel lights a check on fire with a heart written on it before cutting to a stadium shot. As much as he’s pained by a person from his past, he begins to realize there are more important things he has to focus on. “I got better things to do/ Than backtrack way back when you loved me,” he sings. But that somberness is interrupted by a sound of triumph, as a gritty, grunge sound creates an uplifting sense of moving forward.

The video continually cuts back to the burning check, while including quick snapshots of life on tour, studio sessions, and meet-ups with Snoop Dogg and Kodak Black. “Money Spent” isn’t meant to be a braggadocious track or video, but rather a reminder for himself that as a star in the making, there’s too much good in his present and future to be concerned about the past.

Get an exclusive first look at the video for Koe Wetzel’s “Money Spent” below, followed by his breakdown of the influences behind the track and video.

Koe Wetzel just kicked off a lengthy US tour that stretches into early December. Tickets are available to purchase here.

 

A Box of My Ex’s Stuff:

throwing a box out the window Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive
throwing a box out the window Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive

I bought a house a year ago and had to unpack everything in my garage. One of those boxes had all of my ex-girlfriend’s shit in it. It was raining outside. I was in one of those moods where I was like, “Fuck this, I’m going to sit on the couch and grab a guitar.” You’re over it, but you’re not really over it.

Guitar Licks:

 Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive
Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive

At the time I felt like I had writer’s block, but I had written a couple of things with Andrew Baylis and Michael Whitworth. So while I was in El Paso cutting the album, they sent me the “Money Spent” chorus and hook. After I heard that, the rest of it just kinda came to me and we knocked it out in a couple of hours.

A Pecan Farm:

 Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive
Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive

To finish writing the album, we went to a pecan farm in Tornillo, Texas called Sonic Ranch. It’s this huge plot of land outside of El Paso near the Mexican border with no bars and no distractions and it’s fucking beautiful. We stayed for the entire month of January and all we did was wake up, get in the studio and work. It was straight-up bliss — I couldn’t go to the bar because there isn’t one, I just had to make music!

Life on the Road:

 Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive
Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of Money Spent Video: Exclusive

The video for “Money Spent” was put together from a bunch of clips of us on the road and it turned out cool. We aren’t trying to reinvent anything… just want to make music we think is cool and we think it’s cool that so many people seem to think it’s cool back.

Koe Wetzel Shares Origins of “Money Spent” Video: Exclusive
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