As some of you may know, I was one of ten finalists in SF Weekly’s Masterminds contest that recognizes 10 emerging artists in the Bay Area. A couple of weeks ago at Artopia, where they feature the artists’ work, I was awarded as the 1st place winner! I was given a $750 grant and received a lot of love from everyone there. I feel really appreciative to have been recognized for the work I have been doing, especially since I’ve only been at it for a few years.
Big thanks to everyone at SF Weekly and all of my friends and supporters that came through that evening. This is definitely a great start to this new year and I’m looking forward to taking the momentum and putting it back into my work.
During last December, I took a trip to LA to visit friends and link with a couple of artists, one of them being Sango. I caught up with him during the first day of his LA tour at The Good Hurt and he shared a few words before his set, which was dynamic and energetic. I really enjoyed getting to share this moment with Sango and, after checking out the video, I hope you do as well.
Earlier this year, I linked up with the wonderful and super stylish, SiairaShawn to create visuals for her latest single, Icarus. I had the incredible honor of doing her first official music video. Set at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, we took a simple approach to the concept and let things happen organically. Her wardrobe set against the white architecture made for a really amazing contrast and I’m jazzed about how the video came out.
I hope you all enjoy it!
Last summer I spent a few days in LA and had the opportunity to link with up with the talented, Marz Lovejoy. She took a few moments before her show at the Key Club to show me some things that mean a great deal to her: her elephants, her mother, and Erykah Badu.
Check her out as she performs “Just Go: Picasso Blue” and “Sticky.”
Over the summer, I took a trip to LA to meet with Robin Hannibal [Quadron/Boom Clap Bachelors] and create two music videos for his solo EP, Bobby. I was more than thrilled and excited to not only meet such a talented individual, but to also collaborate and help bring his stories and visions to life.
Robin Hannibal is a bit of a mysterious guy so I thought that in this video, he should play a central role in it. Robin came up with the storyline and we felt things along as we were shooting. It was a fun and low-key day at the canals, the beach and in Los Feliz and I had a great time. Keep an eye out for the second video, but enjoy this one in the meantime (which debuted on OkayPlayer and CMJ)!
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of shooting a music video with Mara Hruby (who most of you may recognize from the ‘Simili Life‘ video that I directed for Quadron) for her rendition of ‘Character.’ This is one of my favorite music videos to date. I was able to set a mood and aesthetic that I think is representative of Mara’s style and persona. I feel really honored that the video was able to debut on Essence.com. I hope you all enjoy the video and keep an eye on Mara – she has a great future ahead of her.
I’m not sure how I got into making music videos, but it’s been a real adventure and a lot of fun. Being a filmmaker, I enjoy making videos that resemble what I like to embody in my short films. I incorporate longer shots, fewer cuts, and often move at, what feels like to me, a much slower pace than most videos. At first that used to worry me, the fear that folks might tune out or become disinterested, but I realized that I had to trust in what I constructed through imagery and pacing and that it would be engaging enough to hold the attention of folks for 3 minutes. That it might even be captivating enough that folks would want to watch it a second time.
With that being said, here is my latest unofficial music video that I have directed for SBTRTKT’s Hold On which features one of my new favorite vocalists, Sampha.
I’m still not certain how I feel about this piece as I’m a bit out of my comfort zone with this one. As a way to push myself, I’m trying something new by incorporating narration into some of the future videos that I put together. I found a really nice quote by Bob Marley and was inspired to try and set some visuals to it. Originally, I had planned to shoot this at Golden Gate Park, but it was your typical beautiful day in San Francisco (cold, windy and grey), so I decided to put together something quick at a friend’s place.