Rob Ulitski - 14th Jan 2020

New director Chirolles Khalil directs a semi-autobiographical promo for Enter The Jungle, which revisits Tokio's youth and his struggle to choose between his passion for music and social expectations. 

Nestled in a small room within a tower block, Tokio has his head down as he repeatedly runs through chords on his keyboard. We see the young artist dip his feet into the quintessential aspects of teenage life - hanging with friends in the park, having a first puff of a cigarette, playing sports - but nothing compares to the high he gets from being in his room, making music and exploring the depths of his artistry. 

With a high-energy performance from Myers and Akala, the patchwork of different moments in the artist's life mirror the structure of the track, at times sounding like a full-on James Bond theme, and conversely like low-key bedroom rap. The sum of the different parts blend brilliantly to form a unique project with a fresh perspective.

"We wanted to show that we were not always a product of our environment but are who we choose to be", explains Khalil. The sheer ambition and scale of the video marks him out as a talent to watch out for. 

PRO Credits


DirectorChirolles Khalil
ProducerMeghan Willcox
Production CompanyNoir
Executive ProducerGreg Smith
Executive ProducerJavier Alejandro
1st ADDaniel Stoker
Director of PhotographySam Friend
Focus PullerRomyn Sharma
2nd ACFinn Sheriton
SteadicamJustin Theodore
GafferJoe Nkadi
Art DirectorZara Mills
WardrobeChess Lulli
EditorMagdalena Plugowska
Editing companyTrim Editing
ColouristJason Wallis
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
LabelSony Music
Other creditsProduction Assistant: Molly Bolton Drone: Drone Capone Camera Trainee: Jacob Sack Spark: Marcus Yankey Choreography Supervisor: Leroy Curwood & Lars Bohte Movement Director: Max Keeble DIT: Alys Willcox Sound Designer: Timo Saila

Rob Ulitski - 14th Jan 2020

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