I have always been a huge music fan. I started playing drums at 9 and still do to this day. It is the thing that gives me the most joy. There is a local venue here in Southampton called The Joiners that I get to play in now and again. It's a proper venue with a proper PA and lighting. That half hour or forty five minutes on stage in The Joiners is slighty scary and brilliant all at the same time. I love it.
I guess that love of live music is present in a lot of the creative work I do now. There is something magical about live gigs. As a kid I would go to the legendary Glasgow Apollo. I saw some great shows in that old theatre. The Who, AC-DC. The list is endless. I would always get in early and watch the whole setting up process. The lights, the drums on the riser and the massive rows of amps and speakers always inspired and impressed me.
So here I am standing in the photography pit at big live show. I have managed to get a photo pass and waiting for the show to start. No flash and only 3 songs to get 'the shot'. I am new to this photography lark and more a hobbyist than the seasoned press and music photographers around me. But I guess it is that sense of anticipation and the love of the whole rock show phenomenon that drives me here. It is nearly as good as playing in the band yourself.
Making music videos has came around in the past couple of years. Hard work for sure. I have filmed a couple at night and that always seems much harder. For a start it's cold and we are always in the middle of nowhere with a generator and a set of lights and a smoke machine. It's still great fun though. When you see your work on the telly on Scuzz or MTV2 that is such a great moment.
And finally to web design and development. The great thing about the web is it is so easy to publish your pictures, your videos, your thoughts for people to see. Getting you and your work out there. That is the important bit. No point in doing great work if no one ever sees it.