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Ryan Staake has created an intriguing space in the music industry by blending his passion for multimedia innovation with an extraordinary eye for storytelling. Dipping his toes into directing early, his first noteworthy job brought laughs as he directed Diplo’s music video for “Butter’s Theme,” where he masterfully advocated for female empowerment using a capella mice. Yes, you read that right, and that’s Staake enjoying the reactions to the audacious creativity in his work.

Staake’s contribution to music cinematography is astounding. Known for pushing boundaries, he takes mundane concepts and turns them into visually appealing narratives. Take Young Thug's "Wyclef Jean," whose video won an MTV Video Music Award, despite the artist never showing up for the shoot. Staake instead used this opportunity to flip the script and turned it into an odd but hilarious meta-video about the failed video shoot. Despite its offbeat nature, it resonated with viewers, cementing Staake as a force to reckon with in the music video directing scene. Nonetheless, whether it's the psychedelic landscapes for Birdy’s “Keeping Your Head Up” or the insane reality bending visuals for A-Trak’s “Tuna Melt,” Staake’s unique approach to videography continues to keep us captivated, curious, and always ready for his next project.

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