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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.

LL Cool J - Kings Of The Mics Tour

As the Kings Of The Mic headline act, LL Cool J performed an extended closing set to the crowd of about 2000 packed into the Stubbs Bar-B-Q outdoor venue. 

Backed by Serato DJ Z-Trip (superb)LL Cool J performed for over an hour to the the mainly 40+/caucasian audience who were by that time of the night whipped in into a near-frenzy.

Chuck D joined him on stage to ratchet up the intensity even further - awesome to see two masters of hip-hop in commanding form.


Public Enemy - Kings Of The Mics Tour

The Kings Of The Mics Tour hit Austin, TX playing at the famous Stubbs Bar-B-Q, and I was lucky enough to be there to photograph Public Enemy.  

The sweaty, 30 degrees outdoor setting was perfect and despite the early 7.30pm start, Chuck D and Flavor Flav charged onto the stage and absolutely tore it up, giving a barnstorming opening set to open the night's line-up.

Flavor Flav was of course the highlight (especially after he whipped out his big clock  - ahem) being completely manic on stage, bouncing and leaping about like a man possessed. Damned hard to lock focus when you're shooting from the pit shoulder to shoulder with 20 other local photographers.


Mix Master Mike Drops In To Rock Hauraki

Beastie Boy Mix Master Mike recently spent 48 hours in Auckland to headline a media event for Radio Hauraki.

Not your typical act for an event put on by a rock format station, The Serial Wax Killer quickly showed his love for hard rock (and other genres) with a set that had jaws dropping and eyes bulging - Mike's scratching technique truly has to be seen to be believed.

All those present were treated to a rock masterclass from a true musical icon.

The Winery Tour Kicks Off - Bands Play, Audience Drink

Three "supergroups" hit the viney slopes of Ascension Estate in Matakana (Saturday 2nd February, 2013) playing in front of a well-lubricated audience - man, people get drunk real quick these days! A certain amount of pre-loading must be going on - kids run wild while parents attempt to dance (badly) amongst blankets, chilly bins and beach chairs. Space is at a premium, but everyone is in good spirits - except when they inevitably have to join the queue for the porta-loos which stretches almost back in front of the stage. Highly amusing to hear Campbell Smith issuing housekeeping messages over the PA.

To the music. Toogood kept the tone light for The Adults who must have perplexed a lot of the crowd who were there early to claim their patch of grass and set up booze camp. Classy stuff all round though from Jon, Julia and Shane.

The "main" act followed - Anika, Boh & Hollie who proved that the sum is truly greater than the parts. Fabulous chemistry; a great support band; a fine spread of songs; and a stunning finale in Bathe In The River. These ladies deserve success with their just-released album Peace Of Mind.

The organism that is Fat Freddy's Drop finished the night with a sprawling set that picked up immeasurably when MC Slave leapt onto stage to rark up the, by now mostly arseholed crowd.

Shooting the first three songs only from the pit in front of the stage is always an interesting experience in "getting the shot". Hard to get a feel for the performance in such a short time and the lighting set-up for each act naturally is wildly different over the course of the evening.

An unexpected challenge (at this genre of gig!) was the audience - anytime I neared the crowd barriers to get a better angle I was grabbed, stroked, squeezed and practically groped by the drunk teens and 20-somethings who were revelling in the free-flowing sav supplied by their parents. And of course they insist that I take their picture - frickin' Facebook generation.

Hudson Mohawke Live At The Perth Summadayze Festival

I just returned from a very hot Perth where I was travelling with Serato to catch up with DJ and Producer Hudson Mohawke.

Here's HudMo on stage at the Summadayze Festival...