Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan and Vanessa Clayton.
Ryan and Vanessa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a graphic designer by trade and have been making digital art most of my life. I started making music visuals about five years ago in Fort Worth for local bands. We found a good audience when I met an event promoter at The Womb gallery in Oklahoma City. He put together psychedelic freakouts in Austin and our styles mixed well together. We started doing shows together and it helped get my name out to other bands, art galleries and festivals.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would say it’s been a pretty smooth road so far. It’s helped me get out and be more social, so it’s always had a positive impact. Me and my wife had a daughter recently, so things slowed down for a while. But it’s starting to pick back up and I have lots of ideas for 2020.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Fever Dream Interactive – what should we know?
Fever Dream specializes in psychedelic visual art, projection mapping, art installations, music visuals and music videos. I think what sets us apart is our unique visual style and our ability to transform a space into something that feels like another world. We had a few gallery shows this year that I’m proud of, but I think the biggest project we had was making a Flaming Lips video for their latest album “The King’s Mouth” – “How Many Times”
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Vanessa Clayton, my wife has been my partner in Fever Dream from the start. She has always been supportive and a critical part of the creative process.
Billy Zimmerman was the event planner I mentioned earlier, he had always been a huge supporter and included us in all of his projects since we met.
Wayne Coyne has also been a big influence on my art. I’ve been a fan of the Flaming Lips for years and having the opportunity to work with them was definitely a highlight of my art career.
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Ryan and Vanessa Clayton