Spoken Word London

I have been shooting Spoken Word London now for about 3 months, and it is by far one of the most interesting things I have got involved with when it comes to my camera

 

Tom Grennan at Koko

Last time I saw this guy was when he supported Barns Courtney at Borderline in 2016, before it all blew up for him, it was literally him and his guitar. Nothing else. 

NOW LOOK AT HIM! 

Selling out Koko in a damn fine coat...

Sold Out Old Blue Last

The Old Blue Last is always a tricky venue to shoot in, so when it has a gig that sells out, it certainly gets interesting. 

But you just have to hold your ground and get on with it really

Charly Bliss, I've been a fan of for a while, and their live show is exactly what I expected! 

 

Fallen in love with Bryde

I shot Banfi at the Lexington, a sold out London show on their UK tour, but ended up leaving the venue more in love with their support more than anything

Bryde's voice took my breath away, reminded me Julien Baker. 

 

Fallen in love with Grime

I know that grime is quite hip and the cool genre to like these days. So I won't lie, when I say that when I listen to it, I'm not entirely sure what is going on. 

 

However from a photographer's perspective, it is by far on the most fun genres to shoot. I caught Vince Stables, who played to a sold out crowd with a huge orange back drop and used an iPod for his back track. 

Gotta give it to him! 

 

 

Against the Current & Sainte

Got asked to shoot a very very sold out shot at Borderline by Rocksound the other night. Against the Current, the last time I shot them was at Koko. 
So when I arrived the queue was around the corner! 

 

Scala roof top

Got given permission to shoot some polaroids of Grouplove on top of Scala's roof top, which has an amazing view of Kings Cross! 

 

 

Rocksteadying with Glass Peaks

The Rocksteady in Dalston I always find an usual place. The first time I was, I fell through the fire exit behind the stage in order to avoid Jake Cox of Glass Peaks as he went mental with his guitar. 

So it seemed I was bound to return there again with them 

Shot a few portraits around the area near the venue, Dalston is always a fun location for doing photo shoots. 

 

 

The new material these guys are writing have got a good Queens on the Stone Age vibe to them! 

 

The mental characters that are Charmpit

Got asked to go photograph Charmpit by London in Stereo, so heading to Nunhead in South London, which isn't far from New Cross. So its a strange place to start with. 

But then I met Charmpit, who were almost like cartoon characters! Filled with so much energy, which you don't get in people these days, so it was refreshingly easier photoshoot with them

 

The Potentials were supporting them, who a Buffy the Vampire slayer themed band! I've not seem them play in maybe over a year, but since them their live performance has got dirty. Such a major improvement, they were a good band to start with, but this time it was like, WOAH! 

 

 

Rain

OH! BTW! 

Rain supported Muskets, they were insanely tight sounding and loud! 

Loved their music! 

Catching up with Muskets at the Sebright

I am a huge fan of the band Muskets who are from Brighton, last time I saw them was at Great Escape in 2016, where I saw them behind a bus garage in some weird multi room rehearsal space! 

Grabbed them for some polaroids before hand. 

 

Their live set was amazing, sadly the room wasn't very busy, with it being a Sunday and the trains being utter rubbish. 

New material sounds really heavy. So I can't wait for the new album! 

July Highlights

I don't blog enough more than I should. So I am hoping to start doing it more! (I say this every two months anyways haha) 

July was a busy one for me, so thought I would run it down into a few highlights. 

Started the month off by doing some photoshoots with the guys in Clay and Faers. My first time working with animals and also with smoke bombs, so it was good to start the month off by learning some new skills. 

Iv recently got involved with a community called Spoken Word London, there is more of my images of that in the projects section of my website. It is this fantastic poetry night that is on twice a month called Spoken Word London. It is quite possibly the most stressful thing I have ever shot as a photographer, because its not live music, and you have to respect the reader. Which limits me to the amount of shots I can take, with the shutter being so loud. It requires a lot of thought processing when it comes to getting say 3-5 shots of one person over five minutes. 

Hanged out with the Wake Up Leo lads at Dublin Castle, and also got to finally catch the band SONS live. 

Vicars Picnic with the Glass Peaks boys, which had an amazing turn out compared to last year's event. Clearly a festival on its way up. 

Photoshoot with the Shanghai Blues lads, which was planned last minute but we abled to smash it out along with a few beers one Saturday night. 

Citadel Festival, by this point I was on day four of shooting with my camera and my body hated me. I have mixed feelings about the festival, the main stage performances were a bit of a wash out for me, however the smaller stages bloomed for me personally. Yonaka being the best performance at the festival, hands down. 

Had a small break, and then shot Little Sims at Koko, she brought such a huge amount of energy to her performance, and was a complete delight to shoot! 

Finished off my month by hanging with Faers and Glass Peaks at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen where they both played a show for Close Up Promotions. 

Safe to say, all in all a busy month. Starting August by having a week off, before all the tours start kicking off.