We're living in a golden age of music videos. Young men and woman raised on TRL and MTV from the world over are now in a position to contribute to the linage of what was once considered a disposable art form. The road is not an easy one for a director - broad shoulders and a thick skin, I've learned, are prerequisites to a thankless job. Great feature filmmakers developed their styles and skills in the medium - David Fincher, Johnathan Glazer, Spike Jonze - surviving a world filled with egos, attitudes, and best of all, musicians.

With the evened playing field the internet offers, we should be seeing bigger budgets. Conversely, the money is tighter, often leading some triple-A directors to having to invest their own funds into projects to bring their visions to life. Should we laud that dedication and self sacrifice for the craft? Absolutely. But we never hear about it, for producers, labels and the captains themselves all recognise one single thing above all else - everything is for the artist. For the first time in history, music videos can now generate significant income for artists, even though we're seeing less "Michael Jackson's Greatest Video" collections, and more of a focus on YouTube playlists.

We're seeing more artists collaborating regularly with directors, and we're also coming to the point where the idea of the music video is so reflexive that almost any collection of images can be seen to be one. And that's fantastic; though the democratization of the art form has isolated many of the best creatives working today. I've learned through these interviews how easy it is to get typecast as the guy who only works in one genre, or that there such a degree of uncertainty in the industry that, even for the best, it's not a sustainable life to lead. To be a filmmaker who eats is a rare thing indeed, though these rule breaking sons-of-guns push through and get the job done, and done damn well. Projects collapsing on the whim of a commissioner, artists demanding shared director-credits, and a ton more - it is a testament to the skill and innovation of the directors who will be featured over the next week that they are able to craft pieces with unmistakeable heart and emotion, technical creativity and all with a deft understanding of what makes us tick.

Loud Visionaries is a week dedicated to highlighting those experienced enough to have worked with some of the most exciting artists while also retaining their own voices. You can spot their work from a crowd, and they'll always make you feel something. Their bespoke styles shift and adapt to each artist to form true collaborations that we believe will endure. They rise above the noise. They aren't the flashy, schizophrenically edited videos clogging the pop world - these are the directors with heart and soul, brilliance and authenticity.

All this week we'll be catching up with Hiro Murai, Ryan Reichenfeld, Edward John Drake, Dave Ma, Young Replicant (Alex Tackas) and John Merizalde to have them share their origin stories, their views on the industry, and how they approach creating unforgettable videos for some of our favourite artists.

Make sure you head over to our Loud Visionaries section to keep up-to-date with all the features we post this week (8th-14th September 2014).