Born on the Yorkshire Coast of England, Andy Hylton is one of the UKs most prolific music video directors. His musical pedigree covers pretty much every major genre in the last 12 years, from Soul to Hip Hop, Jazz, UK Garage, Drum and Bass to indie-rock and dance music. His love of the music is reflected in his images, and his concepts often showing links with his past in documentary photography, musical iconography and art direction. The early days of home video in the late seventies helped to develop his love of cult cinema and B-movies. A steady diet of science fiction, horror was to become a profound influence on his visual style. The iconic imagery of Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, John Carpenter and Dario Argento began to seep into his unconscious from a very early age. Andy started as a theatre stagehand and soon began to expand his experience into stage lighting and sound in the numerous theatres on the northeast coast of England, also photographing the bands in the clubs of the north, whilst simultaneously studying documentary film, at Humberside University. Andy moved to Brighton in 1996 and made a short film Vinyl, about an obsessive funk LP collector gone mad, which was showcased by the BFI and Kodak New Directors at BAFTA. It was picked up to open alongside Darren Aronofskys debut, PI and Buena Vista took it on as a support at the National Film Theatre. His understanding of the forms of capturing reality and his pure, photographic approach and soulful vibe helped him create cinematic interpretations of the music, which marked him out from the crowd. Andy was quickly picked up by Oil Factory Films in 1999 and a long career was kick-started.