Raised in South Central, Los Angeles, Calmatic is a self-taught filmmaker, who discovered his passion for telling stories at a young age. As a director, he strives to humanize others’ unique experiences without infusing them with negative stereotypes. He seeks to stretch the limits of his viewers’ reality while highlighting the beauty in the mundane. His creative curiosity has allowed him to solidify a place for himself in a constantly evolving industry.
Calmatic’s video collaborations span some of music’s most influential artists, including Donald Glover, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler The Creator, Zayn Malik, Lizzo, Anderson. Paak, and more.
In 2018, his music video, “Bubblin” for Anderson .Paak, has gained over 10 million views and has been recognized as one of the best music videos of the year. His film “Liberated” for Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges’ single of the same name was nominated for the 2018 MTV VMA Music Video Award in the “Video With A Message” category.
This same year, Calmatic also directed the music video for Vince Staples’ nihilistic rap anthem “FUN!”, a film which combines cultural commentary on the surveillance state with spotlighting white America’s problematic consumption of “hood” culture.
His most well-known project to date is the official video for Lil Nas X’s viral “Old Town Road ft. Billy Ray Cyrus”, which he won a VMA for Best Director. The video has over 300 million videos and features appearances from multiple affluent musicians and celebrities, including Chris Rock, Vince Staples and Diplo.
In 2019 he was highlighted in a national ad for AT&T’s “Codes of The Culture” campaign as one of the leading filmmakers in the new Black Hollywood. This same year, he signed a deal with New Line to direct the remake of the 1990’s cult classic House Party.
The following year, he won the Grammy award for Best Music Video and had his commercials for TurboTax and Google air during the Super Bowl LIV.