What Is A Buffalo: What Happens In Vegas
If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a fan of Third Eye Blind and that you think they’re pretty fuckin’ amazing. Bands don’t get great overnight, though. Each member of the band belonged to some other number of bands before ending up in the formation we currently know and love. At the end of May, I ended up venturing down a rabbit hole and digging up some of LeCav’s past bands from his Vegas days. One band in particular, Existo, eventually lead me to Ryen McPherson who directed a music video for Existo back in 2005 and has so graciously provided us with this weeks tribute. Here is a little bit about Ryen and his connection to LeCav. Thank you, Ryen!
Ryen was born and raised in San Diego. After being thrown out of high school, he immediately moved to Las Vegas to become an independent filmmaker. He is completely self-taught and at the age of 19, during the Bush years, he formed a political activist collective called INDECLINE. He also has an award winning creative agency, Critical Focus, specializing in music video, commercial, and live event production. Currently, Ryen has a blue mohawk and a small face tattoo that his mother hates with a passion.
I moved to Las Vegas in 2002 to pursue a career in filmmaking and political activism. One of the first people I met upon arriving would ultimately become the founder and lead singer of Existo. Shortly thereafter, I was introduced to Alex at their first live show in Boulder City and we instantly became close, spending countless weekends together watching NHL games, eating Capriotti’s sandwhiches at Lake Mead, and playing our own hazardous and sometimes agressive version of roller hockey on the basketball courts of Henderson, NV.
Existo’s “God Gave Something To Somebody” was my second attempt at directing a music video. It was conceptualized in about 30 minutes during a band practice and shot a week or so later on a budget of about $100 and stolen goods from the local Wal-Mart.
I have many fond memories of spending time with Alex, but among the favorites would be the times he begrudgingly took me out onto the lake on the back of his Sea-Doo to play a ridiculous game I invented in which he violently jerked the craft around at high speeds while I attempted to hold on. It never ended well for me, but each time left us laughing hysterically at what the visual must have looked like from ashore.
In 2016, after a long career in music videos and live concert production, I was hired to direct the main stage at the Life Is Beautiful Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas. When 3EB was announced, I begged the festival coordinators to put them on my stage and was so excited to see it all come together. It was surreal standing backstage with Alex. Nothing compares to feeling immensely proud of your loved ones and cutting the show . Watching my buddy up there with his new long hair, rock star swagger, and tight jeans was an incredible experience.
If you would like to find out more about Ryen McPherson and his various enterprises, you can do so at the following links:
Political Activist Collective - INDECLINE: www.thisisindecline.com
Creative Agency - Critical Focus: www.cfalv.com
Personal Work (Photography & Music Videos): www.stabtheprincess.com
As for me, I’ll be meeting Ryen for drinks on Saturday while in Vegas for the Summer Gods Tour. Alex, feel free to join us! XOXO