This month’s MusicMonday is all about some of my favourite females in the alternative music scene. With the ladies in ‘the scene’ really don’t get enough attendtion in this industry, and when they do it tends to be pitching them against one another or it’s misogynistic in nature. That’s just not good enough! So here’s four of my favourite fabulously talented females that I’ve had the pleasure to photograph over the years. There’s so many more that I’ll cover as the months go on too!
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Lights at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 2011
I’ve shot the Canadian queen of synth-pop Lights a handful of times over the years and she never disappoints. She has a beautiful voice and wonderful stage presence that sends her audiences away in a kick-ass positive mindset when her sets end. She’s back touring the UK later in the Spring and I’m really hopeful I’ll get to see her again.
Lyn-Z Way, Mindless Self Indulgence at Garage, 2012
Lyn-Z is probably one of my favourite people to photograph. Sure it’s helpful when someone is just really really ridiculously good-looking, but being photogenic (which isn’t the same thing!) helps a bunch too! She’s one of the most animated performer I’ve ever come across in my ten or so years of shooting shows. The standard ‘3 songs, no flash’ if particularly daunting when a lot of MSI songs are barely two minutes long, but so much happens in those six minutes – people are jumping off drum risers, throwing themselves into the crowd, and in Lyn-Z’s case doing acrobatic backbends while still playing bass.
Amanda Palmer at Picturehouse, 2011
I’ve photographed the magnificently talented Amanda Palmer on many occasions over the years, but this one in particular always sticks out in my mind. It was the tail-end of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 and Edinburgh’s Picturehouse was home to Edge Festival – a revamped version of the infamous T on the Fringe festival, but sadly it only lasted one year.
A few nights later I bumped into Amanda on the street after seeing Panic! At The Disco play the same festival, and she tried to drag us all to see Neil (Gaiman obvs) do a midnight reading in a Church. Unfortunately we had to decline (blame Scotrail), but I think it would have been good fun. Perhaps another time!
Jenna McDougall, Tonight Alive at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 2012
I love Tonight Alive – these Aussie rockers are always so much fun to shoot – whether its in a packed out club venue like King Tuts, or the main stage of Slam Dunk Festival. They always put on a stellar set and Jenna does a marvellous job of commanding a crowd of adoring fans. This was the final concert that I shot on my Canon 50D before my 5D markIII arrived, and while I’d been having heaps of bother with my old faithful 50D focusing properly I came away with a lovely pile of photos from this spectacularly sweaty show.
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