With a professional skateboarding background, Laban Pheidias grew up in southern California. After directing numerous successful skateboard videos, including the Caught Clean videos, he decided to follow his filmmaking dreams and move to Los Angeles. His friendship with Jason "Weeman" Acuna led to the creation of American Misfits, a video project combining sketch comedy and skateboarding which went on to become Fuel TV's number one television series, win an EMA Green Seal award, and get picked up for 3 seasons.
Laban then created a show with Jeff King called Built to Shred which took over Fuel TV's top spot and spawned 4 seasons. During this time he also produced 3 seasons of a comedy show called Stupidface. Next, Laban wrote and directed 9 episodes of a new show for Fuel TV called SLAM! He then worked as a director on two different shows for the Playboy network. After creating, writing, and directing over 50 different television episodes it was time to do some commercials. He has since directed five commercials for Fuel TV, two commercials for Dickies, and co-directed three commercials for Blackberry Torch through RSA. He also wrote and directed a commercial for the restaurant chain, Veggie Grill, starring John Ennis (Mr. Show with Bob and Dave) which won their 5 year anniversary contest. Soon after he created a viral commercial for a new speaker called Turtleshell.
In late 2011 Laban decided to try his hand at music videos. His first music videos include the bands Fishtank Ensemble, Crater Farmer, Patrick Park, Qui and a short experimental video called, The Sounds of Gourds. He has also directed many lyric videos through The Uprising Creative and his production company Occupy Films for artists including Matchbox Twenty, Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Pistol Annies, Kevin Rudolf, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, Nikki Williams, Britney Spears, Slash and Justin Timberlake Suit & Tie ft. Jay Z. in which he won the Silver Telly Award for 2013 Best Official Lyric Video.
His latest music videos have been for Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Warpaint, and Martin Garrix.