CMJ 2014: The Delta Riggs @ Pianos

I will be covering “Southern Exposure” in two parts: today’s post (which highlights The Delta Riggs), and a later recap of the whole showcase.

If time travel were a thing,¬†I would 100% send myself to New York City in the 1970s so I could spend my evening watching The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, and Television perfect their music while watching Hilly Kristal’s dog shit on the floor of CBGB. ¬†Unfortunately time travel¬†isn’t a thing, but that doesn’t stop me from pretending…

My last assignment of the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon was down on the Lower East Side at Pianos‚Äď‚Äďa venue on Ludlow which was at one point a two-story piano dealership. ¬†The fa√ßade of Pianos¬†seems to have been left relatively unchanged since the 70s, so it was off to a good start. ¬†The showcase I was covering on October 23rd was called “Southern Exposure,” highlighting various musical acts from Australia. ¬†The show was a challenge to shoot; there was little available light from Pianos’ rep plot and there was little space to move around. ¬†Against my better judgment, I shot at ISO4000 on my Canon 7D¬†with an attached EF50mm ∆í/1.2L USM rented from BorrowLenses.

The Delta Riggs took the stage midway through the six-hour-long showcase. ¬†A five-member rock band from Melbourne, they immediately launched into an¬†electric set that once again, transported me back to the 1970s LES rock club scene. ¬†Suddenly I didn’t care about the ISO noise, the low shutter speed or the shitty lights. ¬†Because when a band moves this much (frontman Elliott Hammond chipped his tooth on the microphone at one point… I’m serious), bring on the motion blur!

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CMJ 2014: Luxley @ Terminal 5

I’m not dead. ¬†I took some time at the end of summer to re-group and step away from the camera for a bit and finally re-adjust to life on the east coast (missing L.A. all the time). ¬†I jumped back into the fire in mid-October for CMJ.

Last week I had the pleasure of joining the photography team at the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. ¬†It was a whirlwind adventure: venues all over the city hosting artists from all over the world; some coming to the States for the first time ever. ¬†Being able to shoot some of the showcases during this weeklong event was an honor. ¬†Not only does CMJ help to advance the careers of new musicians, they also help to advance the careers of music photographers. ¬†I’ll try and write an entire post on CMJ¬†at some point, but I want to jump right into the photos.

The highlight of my assignments last week came on October 22nd, when I shot¬†one of the headlining shows at Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen featuring Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene and Luxley. ¬†The night was cold, windy and rainy-‚Äďstandard Nor’Easter situation happening-‚Äďbut the audience was literally warmed up by “Wildfire Dance Rock” from New Orleans-based Luxley. ¬†Luxley is a¬†prime example of why I love shooting live music: anything can happen. ¬†Singer Ryan Gray jumped from the stage, to the pit, to the barricade,¬†while simultaneously dodging us in the photo pit. ¬†Keep on eye on these guys… they’re gonna be big.

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