It’s been more than 14 years since Britney Spears debuted her first music video for her first single, ‘Baby One More Time.’
The iconic music video, completely with Spears clad in a schoolgirl uniform with girly braided pigtails, was our first introduction to Spears, her dance moves and her creativity.
“I remember somewhat of just the feeling of everything being so surreal,” Spears said as she recalled making her first music video. “Making your first music video, there is nothing like it.”
Spears, who is known to have extensive creative input when it comes to making her music videos, came up with the idea of the ‘Baby One More Time’ music video taking place in a school and putting herself in a schoolgirl uniform.
“I think understanding the video process is really important of all of us artists,” said Spears. “It is our one and only chance to really, really connect with our fans on screen and for them to see us with our work and putting a picture and song with a face.”
Of course, making music videos isn’t always glamorous. During the shooting for ‘Oops! I Did it Again,’ one of Spears’ favorite music videos, a camera fell on her.
“I was lying in my back and it was above me and the camera just fell right on my face,” Spears recalled of the music video that was shot to look as though she were on Mars. “It was a really bizarre experience, but I got right back up. I think I was in shock. They put stitches in my head, and I was like, ‘I’m ready to go!’ I was so ready to just keep shooting.”
Spears also talked about memories from the music videos for ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ and ‘Toxic.’
“’Slave’ was, just, the song in itself, was done by producers that were more urban,” she said. “We wanted to have a cool, dry feel. Everything was done in dim light and just made everything feel really kind of surreal.”
The video for ‘Toxic’ was also one of the many music videos that Spears contributed a lot of creative input on. In fact, she’d been dwelling on the concept for a while, she says.
“I’ve always had that concept in my mind and it was just really perfect for ‘Toxic,’” Spears said. “I just love all the different scenes with a bunch of different girls with a bunch of different looks and them having poison to feed a man and to have revenge on her boyfriend. But, at the same time, they all come together to tell this one story. I think it’s done very cleverly.”
Spears’ interview came on the heels of being VEVO Certified – an accomplishment that saw two of her music videos, ‘I Wanna Go’ and ‘Till the World Ends,’ receive more than one hundred million views.