The Hard Festival - Los Angeles

Part of my duties when on assignment with DJ software company Serato, is to cover festivals which feature prominent DJs who use the company's products. As you might expect, summer festivals in the States are super popular, and the Hard Festival in downtown LA was a good example of a large-scale EDM event.

I was there to specifically to shoot DJ and producer Just Blaze who arrived at the venue with only minutes to spare to hit his time slot. Late or not, once on stage Justin was all business and delivered an hour long tour de force set.

Often photographers get only a limited three song allowance or maybe 15 minutes to capture the performance - usually from the 'pit' in front of the stage. In this case, we (me and videographer Erik Lang) had full access on one of the best stages we've been on - this allowed us to capture the full Just Blaze experience and the 'story' of the set. You can see the stress of his arrival and the rushed preparation, the developing performance, the crowd interaction, and the relief and euphoria back stage afterwards.