In modern times, the info for self starters to develop their skills has become widely accessible. Youtube tutorials and how-to websites put any information you could ask for on the internet for free—but the learning curve is steep. When I first saw Imani B’s videos on Youtube, I assumed he had professional training in videography, but in reality, he’s just a gifted artist with a lot of drive.
Imani B is a 23 year videographer based out of Spring Hill, Florida. His first experience with making videos was vlogging a trip he took to New York City. His film style and funny antics impressed his family and thus inspired him to take to the craft, where he continued to focus on comedy. Throughout high school, he refined his skills in effect editing until one day a fellow classmate asked him to shoot a music video. Imani agreed and after seeing how he could depict music in his work, he was immediately hooked on professional cinematography.
Throughout the years, the filmmaker has shot video for various artists, but his favorite type of music to work with is aggressive, energetic rap. “The more energy a song has, the better I can make the visual. I really work off of energy and if I can feel that energy, it will translate into the video,” he told me. And indeed, Imani’s videos perfectly match the tone of the music they are set to. Whether it’s a black and white, dark, trap banger, or a more light and playful song, Imani makes sure its reflected in the visuals.
But Imani’s camera skills aren’t just limited to music videos. He also shoots concert recaps where he feels he can harness the energy of live music just as well as the other songs he works into his film. He told me his favorite show recap is from a Wifisfuneral tour, because once again: the punch-you-in-the-esophagus type of music is really what fuels his creativity.
Imani’s goals for the next year are to gain more recognition, and show the world what he is capable of. Long-term, the artist wants to assemble a team of creatives to grow together create as much fire content as they can. His favorite music videos that he has shot so far are for Lil Uk’s song “888” and Big Kaino’s “On Me.”