LIVE – Machine Head in London & Birmingham UK

I had the incredible honour of photographing 3 of Machine Head‘s UK shows at the end of the ‘Killers & Kings Tour’ Euro leg . It was definitely one of the best moments of 2014 for me, both as a photographer and a fan. As you can imagine, there were quite a lot of pictures to go through. But I’ve managed to get them down to these favourite moments to share with you…. “Don’t ever stop being a fan. Some folks think it’s uncool to be one. They look at me like i’m an idiot when I wait for autographs, tweet to a band or look out for guitar picks after a gig. These people can go suck eggs. The longer i’m around music, the more I realize the importance of staying a fan. If you lose passion for artists you love, you’re forgetting why you got involved with music in the first place” Lou Brutus. Hell fucking Yeah. Mx

Three in a Row

This month, I’m celebrating getting the third consecutive cover feature for Terrorizer Magazine! There’s something about the number three. It appears in science, design, sport, religion, philosophy and even in song lyrics. So I figure it’s a pretty good thing to get excited about. On the September issue we saw LG Petrov from Entombed A.D emerging from a coffin October was Jus from Electric Wizard with the most intense stare into my lens And this month, Tomas (Tompa) from At The Gates rocks the cover to conincide with their first album release in almost twenty years – At War with Reality. Looking back on these shoots, I have great and fun memories mixed in with challenges. But it’s no surprise as they usually come hand in hand with life – wouldn’t it be boring if everything was easy?! I’m stoked with how they’ve all turned out! You can check out my press section to see small versions of the feature pages from each of these issues. I encourage you to buy the magazine and help support magazines in print :) Off to celebrate with a whiskey or few now…. It’s five o’clock somewhere right? Mx

Live: Godsized at Hard Rock Hell, Wales

Hello there! I’ve just returned from an action packed adventure with Godsized! They were booked to play the Hard Rock Hell festival in Glynwedd, Wales. A great event that is now in their eighth year! An awful lot of ‘van time’ – overall I think it was a total of 16 hours actually on the road, there and back to South London – but there was a good vibe and many pit stops for food. These guys are like bottomless pits! And I’ve never attended an after show party that started at 3am before. Godsized played an hour long set, and ended with a cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’. Considering they went on stage at 1.10am, they were full of energy and the crowd loved them. Here’s a small selection of the live pics. Check out the Godsized Facebook Page for more. I also shot some behind the scenes pics which might make an appearance somewhere soon. Mx

Epica in London

Last month, Epica came to London to do press for their album ‘The Quantum Enigma‘ – which is due for release on May 2nd. I was booked to shoot for their Terrorizer interview. The setting? To go to one of London’s tourist hotspots and shoot Simone and Mark in a political style. Definitely something that you wouldn’t normally see in any of their other pictures! Parliament Square was the location of choice – as you can imagine – it was very very busy. Being there with my camera equipment could have also been quite tricky, but it ended up going very well and I was pleased with the results. It was very very cold that day (unlike the sunshine and light winds that the forecasters predicted). This image didn’t make the feature, so I can share it with you – one of my favourites. Simone and Mark hadn’t seen Big Ben or the Houses of Parliament before, so they really enjoyed walking around the shoot location too. We found a phone box and did a few fun pictures that you will also see in the Magazine. Simone found the classic London red phone box, and we laughed as it reminded […]

This Little Piggy..went on Tour

One of my favourite things about doing photo shoots (other than the photography of course) is hanging out with my more ‘well known’ clients and finding out quirky fun things about them that you wouldn’t necessarily see in a magazine or any other form of media. Yesterday I shot with Guthrie Govan for Rotosound Music. There was a tiny window of opportunity in his travels from Italy, where he came home to the UK before heading off to the USA today – an endless scene of hotel rooms and tour vans. We managed to grab a portion of that time. I got on really well with Guthrie when we last shot some pics back in 2010. We recounted the memories of our last shoot and lunch ordeal afterwards at the local pub in Hackney as we walked past 3 years later – it’s nice when really busy people get together after a long time and pick up where they left off. While setting up, Guthrie got out his new Charvel guitar. Beautiful instrument! Then he got all excited as he pulled out of his guitar case a plastic toy piggy that squeaked and snorted when you squeezed its belly. Hilarious! […]

LIVE: Meshuggah vs Devin Townsend, London UK

The latest issue of Terrorizer (available in stores now) features my photos of one of the most exciting shows this year – Meshuggah vs Devin Townsend Project. I posted the published page last week, but also wanted to share with you some others that I took that night, it was a killer show and the lighting was great too! It was a first for me to see Meshuggah live. Certainly not a disappointment – energetic, dark, and precise are the words that spring to mind. Their set was flawless. Totally happy they played ‘Demiurge‘ a it’s one of my faves. Devin loved the two guys dressed in the Pikachu and Stitch onesies, so their sweltering at the front barrier all through Meshuggah’s set paid off! The sound and visuals during The Devin Townsend Project were immense. Not to mention the set closer – ‘Grace’ – that had a mass of red and white choir shirts fill the stage and join in. Was great to experience that show. One of my favourites this year so far. Mx

Rival Sons – The Station Sessions

Rival Sons left the UK last weekend after a stint of tour dates and handful of surprise acoustic appearances in London. One of which was at St Pancras International, as part of the ‘Station Sessions’ running from April 4th until May 9th and raising money for the N.S.P.C.C. A real treat for those travellers by Eurostar departures! Here’s some shots from their 30 minute set (click to view larger). Quite a crowd had formed by mid-set The usual train announcements about ‘left luggage’ and ‘unsual incidents’ in the station provided much amusement! For those returning from a long trip, it was a wonderful welcome home. For those leaving? I wonder how many missed their train ;) I found this video on youtube of set opener ‘Keep on Swinging’ from their latest album ‘Head Down’. You can view more at The Station Sessions website. Mx