NIKI - Before (Official Music Video)

Dipublikasikan tanggal 1 Jun 2022
Official music video for "Before" by NIKI -- out now: NIKI.lnk.to/Before
New album “Nicole” coming soon.
The Nicole Tour dates & tickets: nikizefanya.com

LYRICS:
You hid me in your dorm room
It was Halloweekend, I just flew
across the globe, 22 hours just to see you
Just to barely fit on your twin-sized bed
and talk about your cool new friend
who I never met
who you dated as soon as I left

Carolina autumn
It had been a year since I saw you,
since we ended it, had a year to grow into the girl you always wanted
Now we’re holding hands, as not quite friends, but not quite lovers, well, we’ll just pretend
You say, “It’s complicated to make amends”
Well, is that the way that we’re headed then?

And you couldn’t answer me
Though you could pull me in while I brushed my teeth and let your hands both freely speak like I wasn’t ever gonna leave

You were all I’d ever known
And now I’m supposed to love you from a distance,
like it’s nothing, like it’s instant
and you say, “Let’s just see where this goes”
And I don’t know how or why you seem just fine
cause I’m having to grasp that you’re somehow not mine anymore
It’s so cruel how things are only almost like they were before

Like they were before
Like they were before
Like they were before

We walk downtown and it’s charming
You’re alarmingly disarming
Yeah, we’ve got 48 hours left
before I fly back to my death
while you stay just fine and feel alive
South of the Mason-Dixon line
where everyone closes shop at 9,
where you could somehow finally find

what you were desperately looking for
Funny how you thought that was gonna be New York
with our chalkboard walls and slanted floors
Oh, we could’ve had that and so much more

Ask your new lover what it’s like to be given
a real fighting chance before you wish her good riddance
Did anything ever really count
or was I just a two-year practice round?

You were all I’d ever known
And now I’m feeling stupid, you’re forbidden
They say yeah we were something, too bad we were children
Oh, I don’t know where to go
and I don’t know how or why you seem just fine
cause I’m looking at you and God knows you’re not mine anymore
It’s so cruel how things will never be the way they were before

Like they were before
It’s almost just like how it was before
But it’s not anymore

CAST:
NIKI - Nicole Zefanya
Ben - Peter Adrian Sudarso
Ghoul - Jackie Tran
Goblin / Friend 1 - TJ Torry
Friend 2 - Erik Luminarias

CREW:
Directed by Isaac Ravishankara
Rep: Doug Klinger @ Reprobates
EP - North of Now: Daniel Yaro
EP - Division7: Elizabeth Doonan
EP - 88rising: Chris Heinrich
Producer: Naby Dakhli
Producers - 88rising: Abby Wu, Emily Truong
PM/Post Producer: Dylan D. Underhill
Production Coordinator: Damiana Acuna
1st AD - Lexi Kirsch
2nd AD - Alex Spear
Key Set PA: Anthony O'Brien
DP: Zoe Simone - Yi
1st Camera Asst.: Meghan Pham, Dave Eaves
Steadicam: James Troost
Sound Mixer: Ruben Brionnes
DIT/VTR: Fahad Salam, Chris Golenor
Production Designer: Helen Morales
Art Director: Nicholas Kerr
On Set Dresser: Alex Santo Spirito
Set Dresser: Conrad Sundquist-Olmos, Drew Hall
Creative Director - 88rising: Jane Morledge
Choreographers: JA Collective
Gaffer: Thomas Sigurdsson
BBE: Christopher Williams
Set Lighting Tech: Auston Mahan, Zach Emerick, Scott Smith
Key Grip: Brendan Riel
BB Grip: Logan Alesso
Grip: Kevin Ramirez, Alex Laudeman, Connor Colby, Marc Dewey
Hair & Makeup Artist: Lili Eve Kaytmaz, Kristin Andersson
Asst. Makeup Artist: Bex Cook
Hair Stylist: Deshauna
Makeup Artist “NIKI”: Marla Vasquez
Hair Stylist “NIKI”: Athena Alberto
Nails “NIKI”: Michelle Tran
Wardrobe: Alisha Silverstein
Wardrobe Asst.: Isabel Rodriguez, Molly Danielle Wilcox, Francesca M
Wardrobe “NIKI”: Katie Qian
Wardrobe Asst. “NIKI”: Athena Mesina, Kiona Vickroy,
PA: Teresa Plascencia, Sean Cavalerie, Omri Soha, Chris Ponce, Carrie Carusone,
Camera PA: Luis Barajas
Truck PA: Mike McCarthy
On Set Photographer: Gabriel Chiu
Photographer Asst.: Liv
BTS Video: Michael Rodgers
Editor: Henry Kaplan
Asst. Editor: Sutton York
Visual FX: Zak Stoltz
Sound Design / Mix: Ben Tomastik, Kris Huayta
Color: Ethos Studio
Head of Prod: Natasha Sattler
Color Producer: Sam Cesan
Colorist: Dante Pasquinelli
Set Medic: Alex Regnaga
COVID Compliance: Marquis Willis
Studio Teacher: Stella Pacific

Subscribe to NIKI: NIKI.lnk.to/subscribe

Follow NIKI
instagram.com/nikizefanya
twitter.com/nikizefanya
facebook.com/nikizefanya
www.tiktok.com/@niki

Komentar

  • 👑👑👑

    • id-tv.org/tv/video-8CsmikMSUYs.html is done here

    • @yustiaridanielnababan

    • NIKI multitalenta❤

    • hallo ngab

    • Semangat

  • Niki is the artist that you wanna keep to yourself but also the artist that is too good to not share with the world. Love you, Nicole!

    • 🧢🧢🧢🧢🧢

    • We’re stuck in between 😭

    • id-tv.org/tv/video-8CsmikMSUYs.html is done here

    • THIS!!!!

    • exactly what i felt before and even now 🥹 i love her so much 💗

  • This song is relatable, most often in long-distance relationships, especially when one of them goes to college and often fails. Learned it the hard way. Thank you, Nicole. You're 10/10.

    • @Ajiro🌠 fr fr

    • 🧢

    • GOD LOVES you REPENT and TRUST in JESUS before it's too late. Romans 10:9 if you declare with your mouth that, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you will be saved. brothers and sister repent and trust in God cause there is nothing in this world that can make you whole and save you EXEPT for God so brothers and sister ponder about what i commented here today and make your own judgement ok bye God Loves you repent and trust in Him (GOD) before it's too late...

    • 👍🏻👍🏻

  • this feels so personal. this feels like taylor swift x lalalost you. the mention of new york, the angstyness, the bittersweet yet so sad lyrics, the longing, the realization, girl u are a genius! i cant wait for nicole, and seeing you soar because u are god damn talented and u fucking earned it!

    • This her Taylor Swift “All Too Well” anthem

    • id-tv.org/tv/video-8CsmikMSUYs.html is done here

    • IT HITS

    • SAME THOUGHTTTTT

    • @Serena Barro yaaaaa agreeee

  • if there's anything i will always adore niki for, it's her lyrics. they manage to be figurative and fluid enough to read like a poem, while also raw and direct enough to make you feel every twist and turn of her heartstrings as if they were your own. her lyrics are so personal and are always delivered in a way that gets you to understand her story. super excited for the new album!!!

  • I love your natural face, skin, and styles ..proud to be Indonesia NIKI..go for GOLD !!!

  • Love the storytelling in all of NIKI’S lyrics, how much her sheer emotions just flows through her words. And the fact that Indonesian representation is shown by having Peter Sudarso as the lead on this MV. Can’t wait for the album!

  • So intimate yet feel so far. Feels like a college story but this kind of experience takes an adult to process well. What a song, what a video. Thank you for this!

  • So goooooood, sing it eloquently, goosebumps all over, thanks Niki for the song, great piece of art ...

  • THE LYRICS: You hid me in your dorm room, it was Halloweekend I just flew across the globe, 22 hours just to see you Just to barely fit on your twin-sized bed And talk about your cool new friend Who I never met, who you dated as soon as I left Carolina autumn, it had been a year since I saw ya Since we ended it, had a year to grow into the girl you always wanted Now we’re holding hands As not quite friends, but not quite lovers Well, we’ll just pretend You say, “It’s complicated to make amends” Well, is that the way that we’re headed, then? And you couldn’t answer me Though you could pull me in while I brushed my teeth And let your hands both freely speak Like I wasn’t ever gonna leave You were all I’d ever known And now I’m supposed to love you from a distance Like it’s nothing, like it’s instant And you say, “Let’s just see where this goes” And I don’t know how or why you seem just fine ‘Cause I’m havin’ to grasp that you’re somehow not mine anymore It’s so cruel how things are only almost like they were before (Ah, ah, ah) Like they were before (Ah, ah, ah) Like they were before (Ah, ah, ah) Like they were before (Ah, ah, ah) We walk downtown and it’s charming You’re alarmingly disarming Yeah, we’ve got 48 hours left before I fly back to my death While you stay just fine and feel alive South of the Mason-Dixon line Where everyone closes shop at 9 Where you could somehow finally find What you were desperately looking for Funny how you thought that was gonna be New York With our chalkboard walls and slanted floors Oh, we could’ve had that and so much more Ask your new lover what it’s like to be given A real fighting chance before you wish her, “Good riddance” Did anything ever really count, or was I just a two-year practice round? You were all I’d ever known And now I’m feeling stupid, you’re forbidden They say yeah we were something, too bad we were children Oh, I don’t know where to go And I don’t know how or why you seem just fine ‘Cause I’m lookin’ at you and God knows you’re not mine anymore It’s so cruel how things will never be the way they were before (Ah, ah, ah) Like they were before (Ah, ah, ah) It’s almost just like how it was before (Ah, ah, ah) But it’s not anymore

    • “Was i just a 2 year practice round” felt so personal, FUCK 💔

    • id-tv.org/tv/video-8CsmikMSUYs.html is done here

    • thank you

    • Thanks

    • @SteashEdits I guess it is

  • Such poignant relatable lyrics and the MV matched it beautifully. The way he didn't introduce her to his college friends or make effort to merge her into his new world was very telling and symbolic of their growing distance and felt heartbreaking.

  • niki has such a gift for songwriting, so much of her music feels so personal and she has a way with lacing words together that makes them resonate with others, i hope she knows the significance of the art she creates 💌 this is yet another record of hers i hold close to my heart, i love you niki

  • this song is incredible

  • she just never disappoints everytime she drops new songs. This is so Nicole and I cant wait to hear the new album

  • "did anything ever really count, or was I just a two-year practice round?" hit me so damn hard gurl 😭😭🔫

    • id-tv.org/tv/video-8CsmikMSUYs.html is done here

    • same. i find myself relating to all these lyrics and man,, right when things were getting better too? right when i was moving on? NIKI 💔

    • 😔

    • Damn frfr

    • niki, to this day, truly is a lyrics genius. i stand by this.

  • how people outgrow each other while still clinging onto the versions they once had. It’s so sad to see old loves pass

  • after listening to this over and over again, i feel it cut open my heart by how i relate to this feeling so much. it's painful, yet it's beautifully conveyed by Niki here, i'm addicted.

  • This song hits me differently every time.

  • i genuinely did not feel like i was watching a music video, i felt like someone recorded her actual life and these were her memories. the song went so well w the video it was so powerful

  • LOVE THE MV!! this song is a whole Nicole Zefanya material, you made the right decision to name your second album after Nicole, can’t wait to hear the whole thing!!

  • this sounds like something that would be featured on Netflix🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • NIKI LITERALLY HAS NO BAD SONGS LIKE EVERY SINGLE ONE IS A BANGER

  • You hid me in your dorm room It was Halloweekend, I just flew across the globe Twenty-two hours just to see you Just to barely fit on your twin-sized bed And talk about your cool new friend Who I never met, who you dated as soon as I left Carolina autumn It had been a year since I saw you Since we ended it Had a year to grow into the girl you always wanted Now we're holding hands as not quite friends But not quite lovers Well, we'll just pretend You say, "It's complicated to make amends" Well, is that the way that we're headed then? And you couldn't answer me Though you could pull me in while I brushed my teeth And let your hands both freely speak Like I wasn't ever gonna leave, leave You were all I'd ever known And now I'm supposed to love you from a distance Like it's nothing, like it's instant And you say, "Let's just see where this goes" And I don't know how or why you seem just fine 'Cause I'm having to grasp that you're somehow not mine anymore It's so cruel how things are only almost like they were before Like they were before Like they were before Like they were before We walk downtown and it's charming You're alarmingly disarming Yeah, we've got forty-eight hours left Before I fly back to my death While you stay just fine and feel alive South of the Mason-Dixon line Where everyone closes shop at nine Where you could somehow finally find What you were desperately looking for Funny how you thought that was gonna be New York With our chalkboard walls and slanted floors Oh, we could've had that and so much more Ask your new lover what it's like to be given A real fighting chance before you wish her, "Good riddance" Did anything ever really count Or was I just a two-year practice round? You were all I'd ever known And now I'm feeling stupid, you're forbidden They say, yeah, we were something, too bad we were children Ooh, I don't know where to go And I don't know how or why you seem just fine 'Cause I'm looking at you and God knows you're not mine anymore It's so cruel how things will never be the way they were before Like they were before It's almost just like how it was before But it's not anymore

  • Niki always hitting me in my trust issues and soft feelings; constantly confirming my affirmation on why I'm still heartbroken and single. Amazing song queen.

  • This song brings me back to college and all the emotions of your first love and how serious it felt but never really was

  • Wasn't there during nzee24, but I'm here now. This... this is harrowingly beautiful. The songwriting and the story it tells, I love the direction. Can't wait for Nicole

  • God just give her a fckiing grammy ❤

  • Fantastic song, excellent story telling, beautiful visuals. Everything NIKI does is gold.

  • I miss her RnB side, but this is ethereal.

    • Her RnB side shine at Rising88 chanell, in her own chanell i think she is exploring new taste with her idealism

  • Semngat trs ka niki! I like This Lagu!

  • Love this song 👍👍👍

  • The song, the lyrics.. feels really personal and intimate. It’s like a storytelling that you can feel

  • She can act, she can sing, NIKI is absolutely brilliant and talented

  • Visuals & song BOOMMMM NIKI!!! AAAAA LOVE THIS

  • Well, 2022 is the shittiest year for me. Thank you NIKI for this song. May for me is like the literal hell. I think its better now, but still, im feeling emotionless. Hope to feel better soon. Stay safe everyone, hope to meet real love in my life someday.

  • I....... The lyrics....... Give me chills. Thank you Niki.

  • Oh my. Exudes aching, devastating, heartbreaking truth. Gonna be hard to wait for more from this Niki.

  • NIKI = queen of no skips, no bad songs 💗

  • I love how you put words to what i feel and somehow it makes me sad and a bit of relief on whatever situation i am right now. Thank you for this song the timing is so on point.

  • Beautiful song!♥️

  • Love this song 👌

  • Your vocals and your lyrics never fail to amaze me!

  • excuse me?!?! love this so much! the storyline is so interesting and the way Niki was realizing her feeling when she's looking at that tree is somehow felt so personalll, which I loveee, another masterpiece by Niki. we know she never disappoints!!

  • All indonesian from sabang to merauke, from jaksel to tangsel, always stand for you forever and ever. Proud of you, bestie gua nih ~

  • I love Niki and I find it a crime that KTV karaoke doesn't have her on their song lists.

  • this hits hard since i've experienced it with my bf and my best friend,well... it's not a long distance relationship,we're just at different school.but yeah like we're rarely met since i need to move as a transfer student. that feeling when you feel "left out" is real. like we still have a chance to meet,but we're rarely meet,and the fact that they're fine without me is just even sadder,im not being overdramatic but yeah....thats what i felt,especially when they find someone new,that close to them,both physically and mentally and they're seems fine and happy. so yeah its pretty relatable to me ngl :(

  • NIKI is absolutely brilliant and talented. Love you

  • this song never fails to make me cry

  • Lirik dalam lagu² yg di nyanyikan niki tidak pernah gagal untuk menceritakan suasana yang related to much people. Me too.. makna lagu ini sangat dalam. Bagaimana suasana yang semakin hari semakin canggung. Hanya karna menyayangkan hubungan yg sudah terlanjur berjalan lama menjadi alasan utama untuk memaksa terus bersama. Setelah LDR kemudian bertemu kembali semua menjadi sangat berbeda. Dia sudah sibuk dgn dunia dan teman baru nya. Sedangkan aku hanya menjadi pelepas rindu sesaat karna masih menjadi kekasihnya yang bahkan hampir terabaikan karna hampir seperti tidak memiliki hubungan apapun... 😪😪

  • Jatuh cinta dngn musiknya 🔥❤️🥺🥺

  • WOWW NIKI. keren bgt❤ awal kuliah dulu, lagu-lagu niki slalu jdi playlist pas nugas sampai subuh di kamar

  • this is so nzee24 vibes, the songwriting, the wordplay, the production, the melancholic feels, everything. it's so perfect :”)) I can't wait for nicole to out on August so i can cry myself to sleep

    • @DREAMDRIFTER Yyyy Zzzzz

    • @Falaah Y puppies pepper pepper most most p000

    • same

    • @Falaah Y her old account name

    • what is nzee24?

  • WE NEED THE ACOUSTIC OF THIS. I FEEL LIKE IT WILL HURT MORE

  • i cried, niki. thank u, this is a masterpiece 🥲

  • Always great songs from Nicole 🎉

  • The song and video are very deep. We love you so much NIKI!

  • I'm glad NICOLE is back

    • id-tv.org/tv/video-8CsmikMSUYs.html is done here

    • She isn't going anywhere... Always on her track in music.. 🤙

    • @Just Joe 6,ñ

    • @Stan Loona it’s the name she goes by during her ID-tv era

  • Nikiii you did such a great job❤️ I really lovee this song loveee youu

  • Salah satu musisi jenius masa kini. Love u Niki ❤️❤️💪🏼💪🏼

  • Congrats NIKI. This song finally reaches 1M streams.

  • this is so nzee24 vibes, the songwriting, the wordplay, the production, the melancholic feels, everything. it's so perfect :”)) I can't wait for nicole to out on August so i can cry myself to sleep

  • I'm in love with this song niki 💞

  • Niki, telling us story with your music makes you a real singer-songwriter. I love the MV💗

  • i got goosebumps and speechless! love the Music Video, NIKI !

  • Sent this to my brother because I couldn’t quite understand how the song made me feel. I’ve never been in a long distance relationship and neither has my brother but somehow this feels like deja vu. He said “this feels familiar” and I agree. Gosh. How painful.

  • Hi Nicole aka NIKI. gak pernah gak enak tiap rilis lagu baru. This song is so good. Love it!!

  • Amazing the atmosphere can be really crazy ahh love niki love niki❤️❤️

  • I can't say anymore... My tears just went to the floor as i heard these lyrics.. damn i forgot that i fall deeply into these song... and for " Ask your new lover what it’s like to be given a real fighting chance before you bid her good riddance.. Did anything ever really count or was I just a two-year practice round" ? hit me hard niki... damn, what a song.

  • Story telling thru songs at its absolute BEST!!!!!! 🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲

  • I LOVE IT NEVER BORED PLAY EVERYTIME 😍

  • Wasn't there during nzee24, but I'm here now. This... this is harrowingly beautiful. The songwriting and the story it tells, I love the direction. Can't wait for Nicole

  • Beautiful music my friend!! Thank you, all the best!

  • Every scene are so cinematic.. Too beautiful😍 Thank you to all the crew

  • All Niki songs are 🔥 keep releasing good songs.

  • I love your vocal, terus berkarya Niki

  • What I love about Niki's latest songs, "Every Summer Time", "Split", and this one remind me of bittersweet cinematic experiences. Like "La La Land" or studio Ghibli movies like "From up on Poppy Hill". Truly Niki your tracks have become absolute masterpieces. Split especially is the song I relate to the most, albeit in a different way. Alot better than most of the popular music I hear too much on the radio these days. Thank you Niki for your wonderful music in these hard times.

  • Always make me smile when hear this song..

  • I know it, Niki song is always good ❤️

  • Such a good song ☆

  • Love it, simple as usual. My favourite after lowkey ❤️

  • Every song you put out is really an experience. Thank you, Nicole. Always in awe of your artistry since 2016. Nzee24 stan 4ever.

  • Love the music and the MV!!

  • Dengerin lagu ini sampe bosen, tapi ga bosen-bosen ❤️

  • I know this is supposedly about a failed long-distance relationship. But somehow i relate to this song as two separated lovers reuniting after a bad breakup, maybe for a quick catch up or try to see if things could work out again, “holding hands as not quite friends but not quite lovers,” “who you dated as soon as i left,” “we could’ve had that and so much more,” idk thats just how i interpret the song. I’ve loved it the second i heard it and honestly it’s stuck in my head. I love you NIKI

  • LOVE IT THAT MUCH. KEEP ON GROWING, QUEEN. LUV YAAAAAAA!!!

  • NIKI! so talented! another great great song! well deserved! Indonesian Pride!

  • you never disappoint, nicole 🥰

  • Niki is unable to release any bad song Love u Niki, from Vietnam

  • Niki is a very talented artist who never fails to release incredible songs! 🤍

  • Terus berkarya Nikki. Terbaik. 🇮🇩💪

  • Another sad song that I needed. Thank you for this beautiful story I am sure many can relate.

  • niki cheers me up when ever im sad . Thank you so much , and good job on your new album !

  • Crazy hella good... Niki, you are one of a kind. Keep doing what you like. As an Indonesian, Im proud of you. As a person, I think you're legend. Your voice, your song is magic. God bless you Nikki.

  • Just wow. Loved it.

  • Love the MV!❤️

  • NO WAY!! This is so gooooddd!! Congrats NIKI !! :')

  • I absolutely love this song! Brought back memories of my ex that I’d forgotten, especially the ending. Anyway, I hope to see you this fall on your tour!!

  • our little gurl now has grown up, i. am. totally. proud. of. you. Nicole. cant wait too see you more brighter than now🥺✨

  • LOVE THIS SO MUCH! your acting is soooooooo gooddddddd! i can't wait for the whole album! love you NIKI 💗

  • Love everything about this! I'm so hyped for your sophomore album 😭❤️