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This Dublin boy has just directed a video for one of the world's biggest dance acts

12-year-old Ryan Wyer was sought out by Aphex Twin when he saw the videos on Ryan’s YouTube channel.

aphex Source: Youtube

WHAT WERE YOU doing when you were 12 years of age?

We’d wager you weren’t directing videos for a world-famous dance act.

Well that’s exactly what Dublin boy Ryan Wyer is doing.

Ryan has been hand-picked by legendary dance performer Aphex Twin (real name Richard D James, who was born in Limerick) to direct a video for a track from his new EP Cheetah which is set to be released on 8 July.

The 12-year-old Rush native has been making videos and music since he was three years old which has led to something of a fanbase for his YouTube channel.

Aphex Twin himself has not released a music video in 17 years. He is however renowned for making eclectic choices when it comes to collaborations.

And if you’ve seen some of his previous videos, you’ll know that they tend to be memorable.

Source: The Windowlicker/YouTube

“Warp (the music label involved) asked Ryan a few months ago would he do a video and it’s taken off from there,” Ryan’s mother Marie told the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ radio this morning.

They said there was no pressure, just do what you do best. We’re very excited.

Ryan has autism, and is also visually impaired, but his talent has always been there to see according to his mother.

“He’s really, really talented, but he’s so calm about everything. But still, none of us knew how viral it would go or what response it would get,” says Marie.

Then yesterday Ryan saw himself in Tokyo on the big screen and he was just like ‘oh my God, I can’t believe it’.

The video Ryan has directed for the track Cirklon 3 is below. It’s very alternative and very Aphex Twin. It’s also very, very good.

Source: AphexTwinVEVO/YouTube

Initially it was expected that Ryan would film the video and Warp’s editors would do the rest – things haven’t worked out that way however.

At first they wanted him to make the video and get their people to finish it,” says Marie.
But then they saw what he was doing and they wanted him to get full credit and do everything himself.

Describing Ryan as “happy as Larry in school”, Marie says that she and her family nevertheless”always knew he was going to do something with music along the way, the way he could choreograph stuff and get to the beat of music”.

He’s been doing this since he was three. He’s always been music crazy. But this is what comes as normal to him.

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