Midland Explains Wacky Connection to Bruno Mars

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Midland has connections across the music industry. Learn about the band's unique relationship with American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars here...

Country music band Midland’s popularity began to skyrocket after they released their hit single “Drinkin’ Problem.” The trio, comprised of Mark Wystrach (lead vocals), Cameron Duddy (bass guitar, background vocals), and Jess Carson (lead guitar, background vocals), recently announced exciting details regarding their debut album! On the Rocks features 13-tracks and will hit the shelves on September 22nd!

"ON THE ROCKS" our DEBUT ALBUM drops next month on 9-22-17!!! A lifetime in the making…exclusive signed and custom merchandise available on pre-orders…link in our bio. #MakeALittle #OnTheRocks #HonkIfYouTonk #HonkyTonkHeaven

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Outside of producing quality music, the three band members tout some other impressive skills— lead singer Mark Wystrach used to be an underwear model. Really. Enough about that, let’s get to Bruno Mars…

Cameron Duddy is also an award-winning music video director. In fact, he just won multiple awards at the MTV Video Music Awards for his directing skills. What video did Duddy direct to win the awards? None other than Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” video. Who would have guessed. So, how did this surprising partnership form?

“I met Bruno when I was in my early 20s,” Duddy shared. “My wife took his first publicity photos, and I met him then. He’s a very loyal person, so he kept me on his team and was kind of the first person to ever take a chance on me for directing — which is something that I’ve wanted to do my whole life, just like playing music.”

“So I’ve known Bruno for a long time and he’s a supporter of Midland and we’re all just kind of music fanatics,” Duddy added.

Watch the music video for “24K Magic” below.

Fun-fact, this is not the only video Cameron Duddy has directed. In 2012, he directed Bruno’s “Lazy Song” and “Locked Out of Heaven” videos. Two years later, he helped to create the video for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” Other artists Duddy has directed for over the years include Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Brittney Spears, Kid Ink, and Fifth Harmony.

Here’s the video for “Uptown Funk” below.

Duddy is clearly a talented man and even directed Midland’s music video for “Drinkin’ Problem.” Pretty dang cool.

if you’re looking to catch Midland performing live, check out their official website. The trio will join Jon Pardi on tour beginning on October 12th, but they also have other shows scheduled in the meantime.

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