The owner and director at Pomp&Clout has one hella cute chihuahua cross and can be found dancing ‘Elsewhere’ at 3am
We last interviewed Ryan Staake two years ago after the launch of his Young Thug video that could have quite easily been one giant disaster. Thanks to some very resourceful genius from Ryan, it turned out to be one of 2017’s best music videos. Ryan is also the owner and head of New York creative studio Pomp&Clout and has recently been lauded for his work with Charli XCX. For her '1999' promo, Ryan used deepfake AI technology - which experts have warned could exacerbate issues with fake news - as a nifty special effects tool, placing the artist into scenes with the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys.
Anyway, we digress! We wanted to get to know Ryan better. And so we hit him up for his Essential List. And it's a goodie.
o Place of birth: Los Angeles, CA
o Hometown: St. Louis, MO
o Staycation: Bushwick, NY
o Vacation: Anywhere in Vermont
o Pet: Ziggy - Jack Russell/Chihuahua
o Place of work: Pomp&Clout world headquarters, Bushwick
o Place of workout: Running through whatever city I’m in
o Side project: A feature film about fake video eroding trust in visual media.
o Mode of transport: Heel-toe-express
o Bonus Travel Essential: CBD oil
Bonus spinning Ryan head gif
o Artist: James Turrell. I saw a woman pass out while experiencing his piece at MASS MoCA… that’s art.
o Musician: Oppenheimer Analysis
o Commercials / music video director: Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry & Oscar Hudson
o Film director: Panos Cosmatos (Mandy was incredible)
o Photographer: Whoever’s trending on IG.
o Film: Recently been on a ‘genre film’ kick… very into Hereditary (and Mandy)
o Series: Peep Show, High Maintenance & Check it Out With Steve Brule. Also into trashy mindless reality TV like Hoarders & Doomsday Preppers.
o Commercial: Tide Ad (dir. Traktor). So subversive and fun. Can’t really say anything new about it… it’s all been said.
o Music Video: LCD Soundsystem - Oh Baby (dir. Rian Johnson). I pitched on it and it’s so much better than my idea ever could’ve been.
o Video Game: The Long Dark, Limbo, Inside, Red Dead Redemption 2, PUBG, Civilization V (VI sucks) & Astroneer
o Board Game: Monopoly
o Book: Blood Meridian
o Graphic Novel: Days of Hate
o Podcast: Beats in Space
o Newspaper (off or online): New York Times for all my dystopian hell-news.