18 Questions with Nick Roney

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The sentiment that defines the work of L.A.-based director and cinematographer Nick Roney is perhaps a jubilant peculiarity. His videos, often comedic, rotate between eras and inspirations, borrowing familiar tropes and making them adhere to his particular brand of humor. Everything is seemingly ripe for the picking, from ‘80s sci-fi to contemporary horror. Reality twists when in his grasp. A sense of the macabre sits just beneath the surface, more than occasionally bubbling through.

Roney tends to craft striking and imaginative music videos for under-the-radar artists on the verge. His work, which more often than not becomes a Vimeo Staff Pick, helps to push his subjects further into the mainstream. His uncanny ability to pack three-plus minutes of content with such imagination and tone brings to mind former music video directors like Spike Jones and Michel Gondry, both of whom moved seamlessly into features. In other words: it wouldn’t surprise us to see Roney make a similar move–and succeed. Keep an eye on this one.

Below, Roney takes us on a charming skate through his local neighborhood to talk middle seats, Oedipal advice, and reading the room.

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Place of residence:

Echo Park.

Place of origin:

Petrolia, CA.

Current occupation:

Music video director.

Favorite street in Los Angeles:

Maryland Avenue in Glendale.

Most difficult part of filming:

For me, it’s being sensitive of everyone’s feelings. I’m usually so inside my head about what we need to get done I’m not taking the time to read the mood.

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What you’re working on right now:

A short film.

Film you watched 20+ times as a kid:


Film that’s inspired you the most as an adult:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Your own early work you’ve buried and hope no one finds:

Usually I’m most embarrassed by whatever I did last.

Contemporary creative you think is doing interesting things:

Nathan Fielder.

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Musician you’d want to collaborate with that you haven’t already:  

King Princess.

Last place you’ve traveled to:

Rivas, Nicaragua!

Thing you remember most from the trip:

I met my father for the first time, Chris.

American city that interests you the most and why:   

Purdle Dip, Arkansas. There’s city-wide free wifi!

Three things you pack while traveling:

Condoms, $40, and throwing stars.

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Window or aisle:


Book we should read right now:

White Trash by Nancy Isenberg.

Best advice you’ve ever been given:

Don’t kiss your mom for too long.

Photos by Tyler William Parker for SIXTY Hotels

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in V Magazine, CR, Office, and TIME. She is the Managing Editor of Alpha SIXTY.