JASPER TAN

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What do lo­cal mu­si­cians The Sam Wil­lows, Gen­tle Bones and The Lion City Boy have in com­mon? For one thing, they’ve all tapped on the 27-year-old Tan to di­rect their mu­sic videos. Not too shabby, es­pe­cially for a one-man-show (he films, di­rects, ed­its and pro­duces) who taught him­self the craft en­tirely via Youtube. “Mu­sic was ac­tu­ally the thing that made me want to pur­sue film, and

it’ll al­ways be spe­cial to me, which is why I al­ways work with mu­si­cians,” he says. He cites Quentin Tarantino and Wes An­der­son among his key in­flu­ences, and it cer­tainly shows in the rich, sat­u­rated colour pal­ette of his videos: colour-grad­ing (or the al­ter­ing and en­hanc­ing of colour on video) be­ing his self-pro­fessed forte. Cou­ple that with a dis­tinct lo-fi ’90s aes­thetic and a propen­sity for campy hu­mour, and it’s per­fect made­for-so­cial me­dia ma­te­rial. It’s a for­mula that’s clearly worked: His clients in­clude G-Shock, lux­ury la­bels, and even Sin­ga­pore-based fash­ion plate Jamie Qian Qian, who dis­cov­ered his work through In­sta­gram (@vilecorpses). Up next: more mu­sic videos – this time for the na­tion’s new golden boy Char­lie Lim.

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