Lucas Silveira, the openly transgender lead singer of Toronto alt-rock band The Cliks, has officially released the music video for the debut single titled "Savanna" from the upcoming April 16 release of "Black Tie Elevator".
Filmed in Toronto by a great group of young people called The Young Astronauts, at the helm was director Nev Todorovic and producer Allyson Pankiw.
The music video takes us from Lucas' own bedroom to Trinity Bellwoods - one of Toronto's greatest parks - to the Lakeshore, ending at the Sound Academy for the live scene.
To capture all of the amazing aerial shots, they rented a SkyJib 8 system, which essentially is a remote controlled helicopter with a camera mount on it.
Shot on a very low budget, "Savanna" gathers all of Lucas' friends and musicians who collectively came together out of genuine passion for the project.
"This was an amazing video shoot for me because it felt like a really collective feeling of people who were all artists doing
a passion project," says Lucas, "everyone really believed in the song and myself."
The Video features Sarah Lake (the lead girl), Lucas' lovely fiancee Skye Chevolleau (the beautiful girl at the end in the red dress), Gillian Berryl (tamborine girl), Saidah Babah Talibah (on the saxophone who also sings the duet "Gone" on Black Tie Elevator), and Otis (the big dog in the park who is Lucas' neighbor Alex's dog Otis).
After a five-year hiatus during which Lucas Silveira finally found his true voice (literally and figuratively speaking) - successfully going through a female to male transition process - he is now returning to the music scene with the highly-anticipated brand new Cliks album entitled “Black Tie Elevator”.
BLACK TIE ELEVATOR, scheduled for release April 16, 2013, was produced by Toronto based musician/singer/songwriter Hill Kourkoutis (Hill & The Sky Heroes, The Weeknd) and finds Lucas' songwriting style growing and changing towards a more soul/blues/rock styling.
Silveira's band The Cliks, which formed in 2004, gained widespread acclaim after being featured on the soundtrack of the Showtime series "The L Word."
A stint performing alongside artists like Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright and Erasure on Cyndi Lauper's 2007 "True Colors" tour brought additional attention to Silveira and his bandmates.
The Cliks’ first two major label releases, Snakehouse (2006- Warner Music Canada/Tommy Boy) & Dirty King (2009-Warner Music Canada/Tommy Boy) brought the band international recognition. In 2007, the Toronto Star deemed a transgender "pop heartthrob," a title he cemented in 2010 when he was voted the “Sexiest Canadian Man” in a Chart Attack end-of-year survey.
After 5 years of living as a man but appearing to most as a woman, he began the formal process of testosterone hormone therapy. The result was a voice that was changed, deeper and huskier, but somehow more soulful. In 2010, his rebirth landed him in Brooklyn, NY, a home away from home to concentrate on songwriting. He recorded a solo album “Mockingbird” and wrote new songs for The Cliks next music venture, the blues and Motown-inspired "Black Tie Elevator".