Arch Enemy – Terrorizer World Exclusive!

As I write this (21/04/2014), I’m sitting in a cab on my way back from the airport having done a round trip from South London to Germany in 21 hours. Exhilarated! Exhausted! My working day had started at 1am on Bank Holiday Monday, probably when most of you (in the UK) were just thinking about heading to bed. The sunrise was beautiful. My flight left Luton at 7am. I arrived in Dortmund, Germany and greeted by Jens from Century Media (CM), We drove around in an attempt to find some breakfast. In Germany, they treat a Bank Holiday like a holiday, and therefore nothing was open – except for the bakers in the train station and a couple of shops. I had never been to Dortmund, so Jens told me about the City as we drove to CM HQ, I was like a sponge taking everything in. There are many signposts in Germany! Dortmund is a lot like Coventry here in the UK, quite industrial in some parts. It also has very beautiful parts – this is the view from the CM building roof. It’s always a worry whether the luggage gets thrown around or damaged on the journey, so […]

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 […]

An hour with Jon & Stu from Iced Earth

Back in October of last year, I went to Terrorizer HQ to shoot with Jon Schaffer and Stu Block from Iced Earth. The pics, for an interview piece in the Magazine. Now that the interview is published I can share with you some more pictures and fun memories from the shoot. Well, to start with, they didn’t actually know they were having a shoot! Jon and Stu arrived wrapped up like it was arctic outside! So we improvised with no change of clothing or styling products. To be honest, they didn’t need it as their personalities spoke louder than anything else. They recounted crazy press stories; one, where they literally bounced on the beds at hotel rooms while being interviewed. Their ‘Virate’ patches intrigued me. The explanation? They are Viking Pirates – Virates. Apparently, only the guys on their crew have the privilege of such an honour. Two women have ‘Vagirate’ patches (needs no explanation). These women are particularly cool and hang with the band backstage. “Not like that!!” Stu insisted, “These women have earned the patches, with no prenetration involved! They’re just really cool people who dig the music”. Jon looked like a wrestler, apparently he gets that a […]

I’m No Saint – Cristina Scabbia

Cristina Scabbia launched her first custom ring with Seventh Circle Artworks on Monday this week. A very exciting project that’s been in the making for just over one year. I went along to the Roundhouse in London to shoot some promos backstage at the Lacuna Coil and Paradise Lost show. The opening band, Katatonia, were already on stage, the venue filling up and as we went backstage, Cristina was wrapping up in an interview. Alex presented Cristina with her ring – the first time she would see it in person. The reaction was priceless as she jumped up and down with excitement, and ran around showing everyone in the band! Alex said that it was so good to see such a reaction of something he’s worked on, especially since all meetings were over email and Skype – due to such busy schedules and the fact Cristina lives in Italy. For the shoot, the only place we could find in the busy backstage area was in corner of the corridoor, by a fire escape! The raw brickwork actually fit really well with the style we were after, and with Cristina wearing the most snuggliest jumper for her interviews before we arrived, […]

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

From Snakebite to Stoneghost

South London riff-machine Snakebite decided upon a name change (partly due to a Whitesnake tribute band of the same name) and booked me for a batch of new pictures. I jumped at the chance. Having seen these guys before and knowing frontman Jason for a few years, they are the most energetic and fun guys to be around. This of course had to come across in the promo pictures too… ..cue beard stroke from guitarist Andrew The first set of promos were shot at sunset in February. It was freezing, Jason had cut his hand on a wayward tree-hanging crate, we ran through a graveyard, a very boggy field and we were against the clock. The guys totally rocked it though BAM! This picture was literally as the sun hit the horizon and it created the most awesome flare. I love it when things like that happen and nature is on your side. I know, I know, we were talking about energy being portrayed in the shoot weren’t we. Well the 2nd shoot had lots of that! I can honestly tell you I haven’t laughed so much in a shoot either. We all laughed in fact. They actually had a […]

Phil Demmel – ‘It’s In My Blood’ Guitar Clinic Tour

Around 60 lucky people got holed up for a few hours with Machine Head‘s guitarist – Phil Demmel – at the GAK store in Brighton; to talk gear, influences, and hear him play through some tracks. Before everyone arrived, I had a quick promo shoot with Phil – above is a teaser. Chris Cannella – the product specialist for Jackson (and Vocalist/Guitarist for the band Autumn’s End) gave a great introduction into the history of Jackson as a brand and the longest running custom guitar shop in the world, which was really engaging even if you didn’t know too much about guitars. His upbeat American attitude made everyone in the room feel involved from the get -go and shouting ‘FUCK YEAH!’ at any given opportunity. Which was a lot! Phil took to the stage and explained the workings of his own custom guitar, along with some humorous stories about his journey so far – with early beginnings listening to AC/DC, Ted Nugent and KISS, to starting out on the guitar with Randy Rhoads as a major influence. Then being involved in the Bay Area thrash scene, as guitarist in band Vio-Lence, through to joining Machine Head. He played through all […]