Get to know Ben Hagarty, he’s the mastermind behind Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s mind-blowing On The Run II tour videos.
From endless days creating videos with friends to now venturing on tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z. With years of dedication to the craft, Ben Hagarty has forged an impressive portfolio articulating only something dreams are made of.
Growing up in Iowa, Hagarty always had a knack for videography and content creation.
“I’ve been playing with cameras and music since I was a kid.
“I got really into filming in Junior High when my friends and I would make skate and snowboard videos,” he said.
The once in a lifetime opportunity working as the official videographer for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On The Run II Tour arose through a friend’s recommendation.
“In a nutshell… my friend suggested my work and they liked it, which allowed me to shoot for Beyoncé during her Coachella performance and then I was invited on Tour,” Hagarty said.
Hagarty’s breathtaking high quality, slow-mo camerawork capturing every angle of the show has led to a flock of daily followers to his impressively addictive Instagram catalogue.
Working with two of the biggest musicians of this generation has been the ultimate dream come true for Hagarty.
“It always seemed far-fetched being a kid from a small town in Iowa… So now, getting to wake up in a new city and walk into some of the biggest stadiums in the world with the biggest artists in the world is nuts,” he said.
On the subject of touring, Hagarty revealed one of his craziest tour experiences which was at the final show of ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Blank Face Tour’ in Iceland when he stage dove and lost his Apple Watch.
“I realised it fell off during my stage dive but a kid saw it fly off and drove 30 minutes back to the venue to return it.
“Good people exist in the world but that was sick,” he exclaimed.
Hagarty has been behind the lens of a selection of music videos for Chris Brown, Mac Miller, Miguel, Sevyn Streeter and G-Eazy, to name a few.
Working behind the scenes across numerous high-end music videos over his rathe expansive and accomplished career, Hagarty believes a stand-out music video is one that tells a story.
“There are too many music videos that just have flashy lights and performances with no stories.
“For me, anything that can give a viewer a reason to watch from start to finish and walk away compelled is a win,” he said.
For all those aspiring videographers and content creators out there, Ben leaves you with some words of wisdom.
“One of the biggest things I’ve learnt is that no matter what project you are working on, go 100 percent, give everything you have no matter how big or small, everything will pay off in the end.”
For those who want to learn more about video creation, the music industry or just how to make things happen go jump on Ben’s exclusive podcast series, ‘Black With No Cream’ by clicking here.