So once again, I went down to Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall towhead is still the most beautiful setting for any festival I know of.
This was the biggest tick off the bucket list. I could try and keep it cool, but Blur are my favourite band of all time. I first saw them in Hyde Park years ago with friends from college. It was the first time seeing them live and the first gig I went to in London, I remember nearly getting into a car accident as we pulled out of the car park going home and I remember the friends I went with, most of which I haven't seen or spoken to in years.Read More
A while back I shot the Legendary De La Soul in Sheffield. Supported by DJ Pete Rock and Renegade Brass Band, ensured a packed O2 that ate up every classic served up to them.Read More
I always enjoy shooting in Sheffield. The City is always great, the other photographers are always cool and the people tend to follow the same trend. There was a mix up with the passes, but the guys at The Leadmill sorted things out for me quickly. The amount of times I have seen people be dicks when their passes are not there is pretty high, but it is a simple thing, be nice, remember it is not the person at the venue's fault and be patient. If you follow these simple rules you have a much higher chance of people wanting to help you out and less chance of people thinking you are a dick.
The Leadmill is up there with Rock City as one of my favourite places to watch a show. The Dandy Warhols came to Sheffield for the first time in a while, supported by Dark Horses. A show that was too good to miss.
The fact that The Dandy Warhols, like The Brian jonestown Massacre, continue to make music that endures and innovates, long after the mainstream media has left the alone is one of the reasons that they are still so captivating as a band.
Now look at the photos below and then go and watch Dig, which is still possibly the best music documentary of all time.
"You can get a minute with him after his set". Just like that, I was set to photograph one of the most influential producers of Hip Hop's golden age. I checked the space I would have to shoot, which was a bog standard dressing room, luckily, with a plain grey wall.
After a brief hello, I set to work, hand holding my flash. 6 shots later, I was done. I thanked him for his time and for making some of my favourite hip hop tracks of all time, before leaving him to enjoy the steel city.
Part of an ongoing personal project
Here is the second part of my photos from Dot To Dot 2015. You can see the first part here.
As always, it was great to catch so many bands I wanted to check out, roll on 2016.Read More
I covered Dot To Dot's 10th Anniversary this for Drowned in Sound again this year. I always love this festival, you get to see new and rising bands as well as having the added bonus of being indoors in case the rain comes out to play. I also know my way around pretty well, which if you knew how bad my sense of direction is, will always count as a bonus.Read More
Part of an ongoing personal project.
Back in April I got to hang out with September Girls for a few hours and shoot some portraits, followed by their show in Lincoln.
They played a great show and were great to hang out with. Supported by Ming City Rockers, Elephants & Castles as well as The Percussion Guns & The Unknown Stuntmen. It seemed a shame that some of those in attendance at the start left after their friends band played. The bottom line is, those that did't stay to watch September Girls are the ones who really missed out.
This was such a long time ago now, but I suppose it shows how busy I've been.
No more words, just pictures. Enjoy.Read More
Things have been hectic lately, but finally getting around to putting up some stuff from way back in March. First up of these is The Vaccines live at Rock City. Such a good gig to shoot and the lighting was spot on throughout. The Vaccines have stepped up to Nottingham Arena for their November tour, so catching them in Rock City before the move up in venue size was great. They played a set packed with new material and old classics that had the crowd eating it up. The only thing that put a downer on it was getting hit with a flying glass of mysterious liquid. It made for a good photo though, so I can't moan too much.
Anyway, enough of the words, enjoy the pictures.
March has been a busy one. I am finally getting around to putting some blog posts up, starting with Wolf Alice's sold out gig at The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. It is easy to see why they are so hotly tipped to be huge.Read More
A few years ago, I shot B. Dolan in Hull when he was supporting Scroobius Pip on his Distraction Pieces tour. During the first song the P.A blew a fuse, the lights went out and everything went quiet. Rather than leave the stage, B. stayed put, the audience went quiet and for some reason (which to this day I can't remember why) I switched over to video mode on my camera and pressed record. B. Then went on to perform this and blew me and everyone there away.Read More
Part of an ongoing personal project.
Kate Tempest has taken 15 years to get to this point. Spoken Word, Sound Of Rum, constant touring and pure determination have seen her finally the critical acclaim she deserves.Read More
"Hello", "Thanks, good night". There you have pretty much every word uttered by J Mascis during his show in Cambridge. Mascis has always been brief with chit chat and his aloofness also becomes part of his charm.
Just after 9pm, Mascis walks on stage, sits in the mic stand and amp shaped cocoon that has been created for him and, after briefly welcoming the audience, picks up a guitar and proves that for all the aloofness, J Masics is one of the best guitarists there is. With nothing more than a guitar, a loop pedal and a board of effects he keeps the crowd captivated for over an hour.
It would be easy to make the bad pun of "he lets his guitar do the talking" but Mascis' croaky, off kilter vocals and guitar solos that somehow know just when to draw back to avoid accusations of self indulgent fretwanking, has a crowd that stare in awe at his ability with a guitar and make the hour plus set fly by despite the lack of stories, movement or acknowledgement of the audience's existence from the man there to entertain.
Dinosaur Jr classics are mixed in with material from Mascis' second album on Sub Pop and neither make the set sound disjointed. There are many highlights. If you asked 10 fans I am sure you would get 10 different answers. Personally, the ability to strip back Not The Same to something that, to my ears, sounded like perfection and had me crawling YouTube for recordings was hard to beat. The night draws to a close with covers of Mazzy Star's Fade Into You and The Cure's Just Like Heaven, both sounding as good as (or dare I say better?) than their originals. After the final "you're" of Just Like Heaven, Mascis says goodbye and leaves.
While waiting for him to take the stage I speak to someone who has seen Masics' twice on this tour and Dinosaur Jr countless times. He said something that, at the time, I thought it would be the perfect way to end this post and sum up the genius of J Masics. Unfortunately I cannot remember what he said and all I am left with is the genius of J Mascis live and a small ringing in my ears.
The end of 2014 saw me in The Rescue Rooms for one of the hottest bands of the year, destined for big things in 2015.
The night before this gig, Catfish had just won the BBC Introducing award at the inaugural BBC Music Awards and tonight's gig, they arrived in a mood to prove why they are set to be huge in 2015. The award takes pride of place on the stage, setting the mood of celebration that the night would become.
A rammed Rescue Rooms saw the band, who had spent a long time building to this, play a set that sounded completely fresh, but somehow familiar. It is easy to picture the sing along choruses transferring from Nottingham's Rescue Rooms to festival main stages next year.
On more than one occasion, frontman Van McCann stops midway through a song to let the crowd take over the vocal duties, all the time wearing a smile that shows he is eating up every minute of what is happening before his eyes, occasionally verging on a look of disbelief of what the band have accomplished with their debut album, The Balcony.
The whole album passes by in a sweaty, singalong with a band full of cock sure swagger. Everyone leaves knowing that 2015 is going to be a big one for Catfish & The Bottlemen.