Ryan Lauder has been writing and performing his way around the UK since he first picked up a guitar aged 16. Matt chanced upon Ryan supporting First Aid Kit in 2010 long before City Sessions was conceived but met him and talked about doing something together in the future.

On a bright and sunny afternoon, we captured Ryan and his band ahead of their show at London’s Troubadour Club, taking our chances with the venue management to film outside the venue over a couple of drinks. Knowing we probably only had the one shot to get it right, a laughing Ryan launched into a rousing rendition of My Reflection. One shot was all we had before management shut us down. Despite the jovial atmosphere that came with Ryan and his band, and the fact management enjoyed it, we were attracting too much attention!

The animation soon followed referencing the lyrics, using Ryan and some of our friends in a hilarious photo shoot, layering portraits over each other. Special thanks to Phoenix Finlayson-Pugh, Tyra Valentina Protts, Hayley McClusky and Natasha Verity Clarke and photographer Ben McCann.

Ryan is continually gigging and will be announcing a full UK tour in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space for further details and be sure to catch him if you can…


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