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My Music Video Questionnaire
In order to gain more information on music videos, my group and I decided to conduct a questionnaire based on music videos.
This questionnaire was sent electronically to 10 people aged 16-20. The results from the questionnaire not only allowed me to achieve a greater
understanding of the interests of the target audience, but also aided me in knowing what was suitable for a music video targeted at this audience.
1. What is your gender?
This shows that 6/10 females completed the questionnaire and 4/10 males completed the questionnaire. Although
more females completed the questionnaire, the difference between the genders is not great, therefore analysis of
information received from this questionnaire can be based on both genders.
2. What is your age?
Although 10 people completed the questionnaire, one participant did not want to reveal their age.
Nonetheless, the majority of the participants fell into the aged 16-20 category. This allows generalisation
between results and patterns found with this age range, and to focus on this category as my target audience.
Student (Sixth Form)
3. What is your occupation?
These results show that 9 participants are students, and one participant did not want to reveal their
occupation. Again, as the vast majority of participants are students, I can generalise the results to
students who are aged 16-20. As I am a student aged 16-20, I may be able to relate to the participants
interests and taste in music, making the production of the music video relatively easier as opposed to
producing a music video in which I am totally unaware of their interests. Arguably, this allows the music
video to have more scope, as I am able to manipulate with features of a music video, with still adhering
to the target audience’s preferences.
4. What is/are your favourite genres?
Out of all 10 participants, 22% of individuals liked Hip-Hop and another 22% of people favoured R&B. From these
results, I can conclude that students of ages 16-20 consider Hip-Hop and R&B as their preferred genres. In
contemporary music, Hip-Hop and R&B crossover a lot, so again this allows me to branch out of the stereotypical
Hip-Hop genre and also include some conventions of R&B without subverting the interests of my target audience
and without allowing the R&B conventions to outweigh the Hip-Hop conventions. In addition to this, as my song for
the music video carries a few Jazz and Soul vibes, the results reassure that my target audience will still listen to the
song, as 8% like Jazz and 5% like soul, showing that although it is not the most favourite genre amongst my target
audience, it is still relevant to my target audience.
5. Do you watch music videos?
These results show that the vast majority of my target audience watch music, whereas only 10% don’t
watch music videos. This adheres to the dominant representation associated with students aged 16-20,
whereby they are social, as music videos provides them with a topic of conversation with their friends and
peers e.g. “Have you watched Eminem’s new music video, it’s really cool”. This also reassures the extent to
which I can be adventurous but still adhere to the conventions of a music video, as nearly all my
participants watch music videos- showing that it is a popular activity amongst my target audience.
6. How often do you watch music videos?
Few times a week
Once a week
Once a month
The majority of my target audience watch music videos quite frequently, as the ‘once a month’ category is the
most popular with 40% of participants falling into this category. This is shortly followed by the ‘few times a
week’ category at 30%. This suggests that music videos contribute to the lives of students aged 16-20, as they
watch music videos almost religiously.
7. How do you watch music videos?
90% of my target audience who were questioned watch music videos on the internet, whereas 1 participant from
my target audience who was questioned watches it on the internet and on TV. This shows that my target audience
are parallel to the advancements of technology, whereby music videos on the internet are easily assessable, as
opposed to waiting for it to come on the television. This allows me to notice that my target audience like the
internet, implying that they are advanced technologically wise, therefore this aspect of them may be able to be
incorporated in the music video.
8. Do music videos play a vital role in your
experience/pleasure of the song?
The results were even (50% each) as 5 people said that music videos play a vital
in their experience/pleasure of the song, whereas 5 individuals said that music
videos don’t play a vital role in their experience/pleasure of the song. Reasons
for why people think music videos play a vital role were that it helps with the
illustration of the song, the message of the song, and allows us to associate the
music with the visuals. These results allow me to make the narrative of the
music video impactful as this mode of a music video appears to be very
appealing to the individuals who think that music videos play a vital role to the
song. Reasons for why people think that music videos don’t play a vital role
were that the lyrics and sound mean more than the video. This suggests that
this part of my target audience need more than just an ordinary narrative to
help the music video play a vital role to their experience of the song. This can
be achieved by making the lyrics meaningful through the narrative and
performance modes of the music video.
9. Why? ^
What the participants said on
reasons why music videos do play
a vital role:
•“You're able to understand what the song means to the artist. You also get
a better illustration of the song.”
•“Its lets me as the audience to understand what message the artist is
trying to send.”
•“depends on whether I like it or not”
•“sometimes they give a good insight into the background of the song i.e.
The meaning of the lyrics or what they were inspired by.”
•“Because you will associate the music with the visuals and if the visuals
are sub standard then it may affect your perception of the song.”
What the participants said on
reasons why music videos
don’t play vital role:
•“If a song's good, a song's good. A video can help to tell a story
but that's it.”
•“The lyrics mean more than the video.”
•“because I can understand what the artists lyrics mean without
•“The song is about how it sounds”
10. What do you expect to see in a music video?
Descriptions of what my participants would expect to see in a music video
“a story, something original and
“I like music videos with some form of a story line, I also like music videos where the
artist is performing to masses of crowds, filmed and used for the music video.”
“Something that fits the song.”
“I expect to see a story and/or
a performance from the artist.”
“Nothing in particular, the visuals have to be captivating and
“A storyline that makes sense but is out of the ordinary or
a storyline that the audience can relate to and will help
them understand the meaning of the song.”
“The artist dancing or singing with things in the background that relate to the
“The artist in a narrative or a
images that are somehow
relevant to the topic/lyrics of the
“something that make sense with the music and something interesting..”
- The main trend with these descriptions is that the music videos need a narrative/story. This allows me to take this
into consideration and incorporate a narrative into the music video, perhaps being the main mode of my music video.
Other trends seen with most descriptions is that music videos need to be unique and relevant to the lyrics of the song.
This adheres to the conventions of a music video, whereby audiences want to see something that makes sense and
something that will set the difference between one music video to another. This ensures that I follow the regular
conventions of a music video, and therefore allowing me to manipulate the narrative and performance parts of my
music video(where something unique can be incorporated).
11. What do you expect to see in a hip-hop music video?
Descriptions of what my participants would expect to see in a hip-hop music video
“a proper hard music video.. gangsta one or like a fun one/ Rap”
“Females prancing around males.”
“The artist performing his/her/their song.”
“Expensive cars, rappers, dancing women, a party scene”
“If it's a good video then I don't expect to see no
hoes, boasting about money etc unless it's helping
to set the scene or isn't serious or something. I
expect to see some real life stuff”
“The rappers wearing gold chains or expensive clothes with
expensive cars (sometimes). The females who are in the video
are dressed inappropriately (sometimes). Or just a performance
from the rapper.”
“hoes. big booties. sagging pants. juju. guns. rappers leaning on
cars they can't afford. objectified women. city
landscape. money cars girls etc..”
- All of these descriptions adhere to the conventions of hip-hop music videos, whereby the main conventions
are luxurious items, girls being objectified, and dancing. As I am limited to the items I can use for my music
video, I may have to compromise in order to adhere to the Hip-Hop genre, as my song is of the Hip-Hop
genre. One participant said that they need to see aspects of real life, therefore a sense of empathy being
displayed in my music video may also be fitting to the genre.
12. What is your favourite music video and why?
What participants said
“Maverick sabre- I need. It's a unique music video because it
doesn't seem as edited as other music videos and has fewer
special effects.” -This participant likes aspects of the video
that sets it apart from others. This shows that an unique
element is necessary in the production and planning of a
music video, which can be manipulated in the conceptual
mode of a music video.
“Mirror by Justin Timberlake. I enjoyed the story he illustrated
in the music video.”- This shows that a narrative mode of a
music video is also very important, and as this was seen as a
convention of a music video, it allows me to manipulate my
narrative, in order to make the music video unique.
”Rihanna- Man Down - has an interesting story”- This allows
me to manipulate the narrative aspect of the video, as a
trend amongst the participants answers is that a narrative is
the most important aspect in a music video.
”french montana only if for a night because I like the way
how they mixed two shots at once and I like the colours”- It
is obvious that this participant takes technical elements of
a music video into consideration, therefore parts of the
technical elements my music video can be handled in which
the audiences response will be surprised as a opposed to
“There are many but if I had to pick one then Arctic
Monkeys - R U Mine? because although it looks
slightly amateur I like the use of the camera.”- It is
obvious that this participant takes technical
elements of a music video into consideration,
therefore parts of the technical elements my
music video can be handled in which the
audiences response will be surprised as a opposed
“Right now, I'd say J Cole-Crooked Smile, because I really like him as an artist, the
song's amazing and the video helps to tell his story.”- This allows me to manipulate
the narrative aspect of the video, as a trend amongst the participants answers is
that a narrative is the most important aspect in a music video. As the video I am
constructing is from the artist’s first album, this participant makes it clear that
there should be a relationship between the artist and the viewer, which can be
incorporated by making the artist reveal his personality through Mise-en-scene
“Tyler, The Creator - She (ft Frank Ocean) - There was a narrative that suited the
story of the song. Furthermore the visuals represented the essence of the
characters (e.g. when TTC is riding his bike and the movement of the camera is
chaotic) The story within a story element was also appealing.” – This shows that a
narrative mode of a music video is also very important, and as this was seen as a
convention of a music video, it allows me to manipulate my narrative, in order
to make the music video unique.
“50 cent (in da club and 21 questions.) it got more pain init and a hard
story..”- ‘Hard’ is a colloquial term for good, which means that this
participants take narrative into consideration when watching a music
video. As this is what the participant looks out for, I believe that I
should make the narrative unique, as it sets the music video apart
“Avicii - Wake me Up It's out of the
ordinary but it's something I could
personally relate to and it matches the
lyrics”- This participant likes seeing
some sort of empathy in the video,
which can be incorporated in the
narrative of my music video.
“Kanye West - Power as it breaks convention and just reminds me
of a moving painting, the use of heavy religious imagery is not
typical in the genre of music videos thus making it stand-out”This participant likes aspects of the video that sets it apart from
others. This shows that an unique element is necessary in the
production and planning of a music video, which can be
manipulated in the conceptual mode of a music video.