16 bands in 2016! It was a good year shooting musicians at KEXP radio 90.3 in Seattle. Two shoots stand out the most – Lee Scratch Perry and Atmosphere.
Meeting reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System was delicious. Lee Scratch Perry in particular, is a complete hoot. You should really watch this video of the performance created by KEXP because words cannot describe what it was like to be in the room with this man. It was inspiring watching him do his thing with an obvious zest for life which says a lot given he’s 80 years old! He tricked me into thinking it was his birthday, so during our portrait session I decided to sing to him like I do for my most closest friends. It’s my thing. While I’m for sure not a singer, people are usually amused by me singing to them as it’s meant to be amusing (vs. good) and mostly in key. I had the worst frog in my throat but I went for it. The results were TERRIBLE, AAAAAND it wasn’t really his birthday. PALM TO FACE! The joke’s on me. Sigh.
Another memorable shoot was meeting Minneapolis band Atmosphere. My nephew is in his first year of college in Los Angeles studying film and years ago, while in high school, he based his first film project on an Atmosphere song as he and his family are huge fans of the band. So I took it upon myself to sit down and show the band the video and they got a kick out of it and were kind enough to give me an autograph saying, “Saw the video Zen… Thanks!” My family freaked out and I’m officially the coolest aunt ever.
It’s important for me to give thanks to my KEXP buddies Jim, Janice, Susan, Kevin and Charina, for being so supportive of me and the photos they have generously given me the opportunity to create (AHEM – Jim). I’m forever grateful. If you aren’t privy to KEXP’s YouTube channel you are missing out BIG time. Over a million people have subscribed to the channel, so you know it’s killer. Check it out and chances are you’ll find video of a favorite band of yours.
Atmosphere – Best giver of autographs. Ever.
Cymbals Eat Guitars – A+ for appeasing me and playing nice for my photo idea.
Gogol Bordello – Gypsy punk goodness!
Grace Love and the True Loves – so many members, so much talent.
Grant Lee Phillips – I heart Grant Lee and the beautiful songbird that he is.
Kyle Craft – Holy wonderfully unique voice, Batman.
Lee Scratch Perry – If you ever meet him, ask him what he thinks about trees…
M Ward – His music gives me chills and he has great hair!
Mass Gothic – I could photograph the lead singer’s eyes for days.
Polyrhythmics – E-N-E-R-G-E-T-I-C
Robyn Hitchcock – You want to be stuck on an elevator with him and just listen.
Songhoy Blues – My portrait of them will be published in Air Burkina’s in flight magazine!
Sunflower Bean – They give good photo.
Temples – Listening to Temples is like going back in time.
Winston Jarrett – Playful and delightful.
Yuck – They get a medal for climbing into trees for a photo opp.