Years Experience: 33
Jonas Akerlund was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory from 1983 through 1984. He first found fame as main video director for Swedish pop act Roxette. In 1998 he worked with Madonna for the song 'Ray of Light', he has since worked with superstars such as Metallica, Christina Aguilera, U2 and Lady Gaga. He directed the music video for the Smashing Pumpkins' single 'Try, Try, Try', from which a short film 'Try' was spawned. He also turned his hand to designer and photographer for the Roxette album 'Room Service' in 2001. In 2002 his first full length movie, 'Spun' debuted. He directed recent adverts for Swedish clothing retailer MQ and the re-imagining of the Devo song 'Watch Us Work It' used in Dell Computers commercials.
He has become a long collaborator of pop singer Madonna having worked on such music videos as 'American Life', which was pulled due to its graphic content and the Iraq war, and 'Jump'. He also directed her documentary film 'I'm Going to Tell You a Secret' and her concert television special The Confessions Tour: Live from London.
Spoken Languages: English