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5 Music Videos Filmed in Warehouses

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

Whether we're talking about artists that were born and raised in L.A., or who were just passing through, many of them have used the city as a character in music videos for their most popular songs. From 2Pac driving up to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Tom Petty riding the escalators at the Westside Pavilion, from Guns N' Roses playing at the Orpheum Theatre and Michael Jackson dancing with zombies in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles has the history and architecture which makes it such a desirable place to film and so sought out by artists and directors.

This article is going to focus on LA Warehouses. Old, sometimes abandoned warehouses make for great film locations. Most of the architecture and design elements that make up the character of the location are already there and minimal effort is needed to make the place camera ready. That doesn’t mean extravagant sets aren’t needed or built. That’s completely up to the director’s vision. What once was a thriving industrial zone in Los Angeles housing employees and factories which produced everything from clothing to children's toys, is now serving the entertainment industry.

Below are some of the most popular videos we could find on YouTube which use warehouses as music video locations. Have a look…

1. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

2. Katy Perry - Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J

3. Childish Gambino - This Is America (Official Video)

4. Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal (Official Video)

5. OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine - Official Video

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