Calvin Harris Takes on Virtual Reality With New “My Way” Video

No, it's not the Frank Sinatra song.
By Shepard Price
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  • Calvin Harris is perhaps best known as Taylor Swift’s ex. His music career’s latest up-shift might well change that — he’s finally got his own #1 single under his belt with “This Is What You Came For,” and now he’s released the video for the follow-up.

    With his latest video for “My Way”, Harris takes on virtual reality — you know, that thing that has become all the rage.

    In the video, Harris is shown standing isolated in an apartment at first. It then goes inside his VR helmet to where he is in his mind: in a cabin, waiting for someone. The video maintains the illusion of virtual reality through slight glitches in the landscape. Those slight glitches become larger and larger as the story unfolds. Almost like Westworld.

    Harris is challenging the VR system through these glitches. He’s also making a statement because the place he is in through virtual reality is in actual reality. There’s nothing truly special about the VR zone. It makes a statement about where we’re going as a society. That instead of going to these actual places, we’ll just use a machine to do it.

    It feels like Harris is saying to go and experience life. Which is something I 100% agree with. If you want to go to the woods, what’s stopping you on a Saturday? VR can be cool to go experience space, but other than that, like, just go do those things.

    What do you think? Is Harris making a statement about virtual reality? Let us know in the comments or @WhatsTrending on Twitter. Also follow us on Medium.