1. I loved getting the chance to return to Boston for the 4th ever Boston Calling Music Festival. It’s a great festival ran by great people.

    Be sure to head over HERE for my photos from Saturday and HERE for photos from Sunday (as well as HERE for my behind the scenes photos with The 1975)

     
  2. The backs of George Daniel and Matty Healy of The 1975 at Boston Calling Music Festival, September 2014

    To see more photos (of their faces as well) from this performance/day be sure to head over HERE.

     
  3. Leon (DJ Locksmith) of Rudimental at Terminal 5 in New York City (with a lovely fan), September 2014

    To see more photos from my massive recap of this show be sure to head over HERE.

     

  4. The 1975 In Boston (Boston Calling 2014)

    (Boston Calling: Saturday - Sunday)

    I cannot stress enough how unexpected this was but I also cannot express how grateful I am as well. I knew I’d be meeting up briefly with the guys from The 1975 prior to their set at Boston Calling, but once our arranged portrait session was done the guys urged me to stay to hang about, proclaiming how important it was to see a friendly face before a set. This wasn’t the first time this has happened but it’s still something that takes me aback each time, and something I am immensely grateful for. When you work in the music industry you see people change at a rate that’s both perplexing and incredible; both instances being equally frightening. It’s important to note that people get inflated egos not because of internal confirmation but because of how people around them allow for them to carry on that way. Matty, George, Adam, and Ross know of this and because of it they make sure to surround themselves by people who care about them and what lies in their best interests at all times. Because of the emphasis they’ve put on operating that way it’s helped them to be the same brilliant down to earth dudes I met back in June 2013, and despite the rise of their profile they still know how to appreciate their friends and fans. I highlight this because when I hung out with them this day I found myself constantly reminded of their gratitude, especially by having instances of it displayed in front of me. During my time with them there were fans who somehow found out where their trailer was and shouted ‘we love you!’ over a high fence, while jumping up and down to hand George and Matty their phones and letters. Another highlight was midway through the set Matty pulled a girl from the crowd and brought her on stage so he could sing directly at her. But most of all, I got to further see how the band interacted with the crew, who they’ve clearly grown close to over the past year and a half. I’m friend’s with several bands and it’s never lost on me how massive of a thing that is, and how significantly rare of a thing that is, and for that I am always grateful: especially for experiences like these. I love these guys, and at this point of my life they’re as good as family to me. Seeing them doing as well as they have been doing…it’s just downright incredible, and I’m immensely proud of my brothers. Enjoy my photos from the time I spent with The 1975 at Boston Calling below.

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    Be sure to check out The 1975’s debut/self-titled album which is out now!

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  5. Boston Calling Music Festival - Sunday (Autumn 2014)

    Saturday - Backstage With The 1975

    This was one of those festival days that turned out to be a truly unforgettable day. A lot of acts that I love (such as White Denim and San Fermin) played strong sets early on. Getting to see Twenty One Pilots at a festival setting is something that I have been dying to do for ages now and they didn’t disappoint one bit. Spoon solidified in my mind that they’re a damn fine band, as did The Replacements (who also reminded me why a festival is a great place for a punk show). Best of all, I got to once again spend time with The 1975 guys, which is always an incredible treat and seeing Nas own that stage the way he did at the end…fucking hell, that was beyond incredible. And that’s another fantastic Boston Calling in the bag. Great music, great people, great vibes, and a great weekend; what more could you ask for? Artists photographed: San Fermin, White Denim, The War On Drugs, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, Spoon, The Replacements, and Nas.

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  6. Boston Calling Music Festival - Saturday (Autumn 2014)

    Sunday - Backstage With The 1975

    I think a lot of fellow New Yorkers would scoff at this but it has to be said: Boston Calling is one of the best music festivals out there right now. It seems to have become a bit of a newfound tradition for me to cover this festival and I doubt it’s something that I’ll tire of anytime soon. I don’t blame people when they go on about festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and massive fests in general, but for me it really is the smaller festivals that some of the best experiences can truly be had. You never feel like you’re in a mad dash to catch a performance, the set times make more sense, the general mood tends to be more inviting, and fucking hell I could honestly go on and on. It also has to be said that one of the reasons I keep returning to Boston Calling has much more to do with the atmosphere and people over the line-ups (which have been great so far), and being able to say that in this day and age is such a brilliant thing in my eyes, a very distinctively brilliant attribute that many festivals could only dream of mustering up.

    I arrived on Saturday afternoon in time to catch Sky Ferreira performing on the JetBlue Stage. Despite some technical issues she still won over the crowd of adorning fans while showcasing why the word ‘cool’ has become synonymous with her. Jack ‘Jackie Boy’ Antonoff of Fun. killed it once again with his new band Bleachers while The Hold Steady proved why Boston has become their second home. Sadly an impending storm caused cancellations for Volcano Choir and Girl Talk (super bummed about those) but seeing Lorde emerge after the festival reopened was a truly special moment, one that easily won her the respect of naysayers who were also in attendance. Childish Gambino closed out Saturday night with an electrifying set that left all of us completely stunned. I was familiar with his energetic stage presence prior to this set but seeing him move the way he did that night nearly left us all winded just trying to keep our eyes on him. All in all it was a great way to start the weekend. Artists photographed: Sky Ferreira, Bleachers, The Hold Steady, Lorde, and Childish Gambino.

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  7. Rudimental At Terminal 5 (New York City)

    Success is an aspect of life I’ve been fortunate to witness more often than not, which is something that does stun me consistently, time and time again. Whether it’s a successful musician, writer, actor, or anyone from any kind of field in general I’ll find myself feeling a sweeping sense of happiness over the fact that someone is doing well, especially now that I’m older. Add in the fact that I know the person (in this case: persons) personally well and that feeling intensifies. This would be the best way to describe my feelings towards the musical group Rudimental, who are still on the trajectory of having the best year of their lives. I met them for the first time last year at Central Park and since than we’ve grown to becoming fast friends. Along with being amazing people, I also truly do admire their ethos when it comes to the music they create and perform live. Sure they have ‘hits’ and it’d be easy to mistake them for a pop group but what their songs all have is a true sense of soul, a true sense of artistry that shows how pop music can be elevated to being something more. Whenever you listen to a Rudimental track you can feel the love (no pun intended) that went into making the track, it’s an undeniable truth about them.

    Last week they returned to NYC to play their biggest headlining show to date at Terminal 5. It was a sold out show and seeing that realization wash over Rudimental backstage was a beautiful moment, a true ‘oh shit this is happening’ moment. Tom, Beanie, and Mark were in high spirits while Bridget (who I was meeting for the first time) sported an infectious grin that was broader than that of an eight year old on Christmas morning. Leon was quiet in his headspace while Amir and Piers traded banter back and forth while me and Piers threw crisps at Amir like troublesome brothers. My time with them prior to the show felt briefer than it was, but only because when you’re with people like that time goes by so quickly. Once they hit the stage…it was as though they had all transformed into this erratic children that only knew how to jump about and sing. Musicians are always a bit tired before going on stage, especially if they’re on a long touring schedule, so seeing that switch go off in seconds…it’s still something that catches me off guard every time. I always stress to people that you can never truly judge a group until you see them live and that belief couldn’t be truer when describing Rudimental. They’re just so incredible live and they put their absolute all into their live show. When you watch them live, you feel as though you’re part of the show, that the passion and energy they’re exerting is contrasted to the crowd singing around you in the venue. That night at Terminal 5 was a pure celebration and being part of that, being able to document that was a massive privilege that I’ll definitely never forget. Massive thanks to the lovely people of Rudimental for having me on that night (along with their fantastic team) and yeah, I’m truly at a loss for words. Enjoy my photos from the show below.

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    Be sure to check out Rudimental’s debut album, Home, which is out now!

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  8. Here’s a double whammy for you music lovers out there. Lorde performing at Boston Calling and Adam Hann of The 1975 backstage in Boston. These two shots are my favorite shots from the festival and I cannot wait to share with you guys the other photos that I took.

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  9. Just got back from photographing Boston Calling Music Festival. A full photo recap of Saturday and Sunday will be up soon, in the meantime; enjoy this BIG preview photo of Childish Gambino being his awesome self.

     
  10. August ended up being a relatively easy-going month in terms of gigs but luckily the month started and ended strongly due to the two music festivals I got to cover. I flew over to Chicago to work Lollapalooza and at the end of the month I got to head over to Philadelphia for Made In America. The other massive standout of August was getting to photograph Arcade Fire finally and seeing what brilliant live musicians they are. I usually hate it when a month is sparse like this but with autumn approaching (which will be insanely busy) it felt very fitting to have time to take things easy. Bring on September!

    Throughout August of 2014 I photographed: Lollapalooza Music Festival, The 1975, Bleachers, Passenger, Blood Orange, The StrypesArcade FireK. Flay, The Griswolds, Rubblebucket, THUMPERS, and the Made In America Music Festival.

     
  11. I got to photograph Made In America once again (in Philly) and it was awesome.

    See more photos: Saturday (Day One) and Sunday (Day Two)

     

  12. Made In America Music Festival 2014 (Day 2)

    Saturday (Day One)

    Where day one was a fairly easy-going affair, day two was a pure maelstrom of awesome. Getting to catch acts like Bleachers, Kongos (one of my new favorite bands), and Grimes again was fantastic but it was also great to finally see acts like Spoon and Pharrell Williams doing what they do best. The mood for this day was much better was well; it just felt a lot more relaxed and easy-going in contrast to Saturday, where you could tell the feverish anticipation towards Kanye West’s set completely took over the festival site. I also can’t say enough how much I bloody love Grimes. She is not only a top musician but also an amazing performer to watch on stage. You can see her getting lost in her music, and her facial expressions scream of infectious enthusiasm; it really is a bloody beautiful thing to watch unfold. Made In America is a very compact music festival, in contrast to other festivals I work, but that aspect to it is something I look forward to each year, as well as getting to meet new people, as well as catching up with some amazing local photographers/music lovers. Here’s to hoping next year’s festival is equally memorable.

    Artists photographed: MisterWives, Bleachers, CRUSIR, Kongos, Danny Brown, AWOLNATION, Grimes, Spoon, Pharrell Williams, Kings of Leon.

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