Headlands Dark Sky Park Inspires Smash Mob Music Video - Stars (Like Waterfalls)

July 17, 2018

Mackinaw City’s Headlands International Dark Sky Park is the inspiration for Smash Mob’s new single/music video, featuring renowned TV/Film composer/vocalist/performer Jacqueline van Bierk.  Headlands is a rare place where you can go to view the vast night sky without light pollution.  The 550-acre park overlooks 300 miles of dark skies on two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline.  Its recognition as an “International Dark Sky Park” makes it only the sixth in the country and ninth in the world. 

Headlands is local to Smash Mob’s (Frank Rogala and Jason Eldridge's) Mackinaw City recording studio. “When we were working on lyrics with Jacqueline, I told her about Headlands and we discussed how people no longer get to see the night sky.  Everyone is under artificial lights are staring at screens.  We have lost something right outside our door and over our heads that helps us understand our place in the universe,” explained Rogala.

“Being in Los Angeles, you forget there are even stars in the sky,” said vocalist/co-writer Jacqueline van Bierk.  “I love getting out into nature.  Having a park that looks over 300 miles of dark skies is a precious thing in today’s world.”

Shot at Smash Mob’s southern California Studio and various nearby outdoor locations, the video emphasizes the plight of the city dweller who has little access to dark skies. “I basically just walked out into the night and started shooting.  It’s pretty easy to demonstrate how ubiquitous artificial lights are.  When it came to actually showing a night sky, I knew I could never get the majesty, depth, and dimension in any accurate way.  Even big budget movies have unreal looking night skies. Rather than create another pale copy, I made the artistic decision to express the feeling it gives with glitter and computerized star effects”, explained Rogala, director of the music video.

Artist Jacqueline Van Bierk is a singer/ songwriter/ Music producer/ tv composer. Credits include; MTV, VH1, Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Gossip Girl, Bates Motel, Hemlock Grove.

Along with dozens of music placements in TV and films, Smash Mob is best known for writing the theme song for the History Channel Show Alone, as well as their dancefloor stomping remix of the Wonder Woman theme song. Smash Mob’s music can be heard on TV shows including Young Sheldon, LA To Vegas, CBS Sports, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, MTV-Catfish, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, CBS Sports, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life.

Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob, also produces music singles, and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available everywhere music is streamed and sold as well as at website and the channel on.  

Smash Mob’s music video You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon, is an official selection of the Iphone International Film Festival.

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Eldridge.

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