Although this is my photography site, this post has absolutely nothing to do with photography. You may or may not know that I'm actually a professional musician by trade. I play drums and this guy has blown me away with his ability to multi-task. I play a lot of different styles of music, including afro-cuban stuff which definitely pushes the hand-foot coordination, but what he's doing is something different, not just putting things into place rhythmically, but also melodically while at the same time singing lyrics and not just a melody. It's impressive, very impressive. I'm definitely a fan of Paris Monster, this New York based drum and bass duo is pretty amazing. To see what I'm talking about check out the live performance of "Vision Complete."
My buddy Mike just posted this on Facebook and I thought it was awesome. These two kids from Flatbush (Brooklyn), New York have a great sense of style and definitely surprise you by their age and the music they're interested in. They must have some really cool supportive parents.
Photographer Spotlight - 09.03.2013
Brian Lima is a good friend of mine and one of the photographers whose work first inspired me to really start pursuing photography. I met Brian sometime around 2003 in San Diego when he was photographing my band, he's now based out of Rhode Island. He has a great repertoire of work ranging from amazing concert photography to beautiful landscape images of New Zealand and incredible shots of the Dalai Lama during a once in a lifetime opportunity to follow him around during his most recent visit to the US. His music portfolio includes awesome shots of Bjork, Iggy Pop, U2, Coldplay, Jane's Addiction, Greg Laswell, Radiohead, and so many other great bands and musicians. I hope to one day be half the photographer Brian is. He is also one of the primary reasons I shoot on Nikon cameras, you tend to mimic your inspirations and I've been a big fan of Nikon gear ever since.
Two of my friends just posted this video on Facebook and I thought I would post it here because it's pretty amazing. It'll make you think twice before you judge someone or tell them they can't do something. This guy inspires me both as a musician and a human being.
My Music of the Moment post for today features two songs by Raphael Saadiq. I discovered his music while listening to Spotify on one of my many random solo road trips. I really love his throwback sound that pays homage to all of the great soul/R&B/Motown groups of the 60s. It's a sound that has influenced many of today's artists, but at the same time most of those performers don't capture the feel or groove that really makes this genre of music so awesome. It was really refreshing hearing Raphael Saadiq because he really understands what this type of music is all about. If I hadn't looked him up I would have thought I was listening to some recordings from the late 60s that I had never heard before.
You may or may not know this about me, but aside from being a photographer I'm also a musician. In fact, music is my main profession and something I'm extremely passionate about. Music plays a roll in almost everything I do and is a big contributing factor in all of my photo shoots. For most of my shoots I'll create a playlist specifically for that shoot. I was using my iPod, but now I primarily use Spotify since it has almost every song I could possibly want to hear and always introduces me to great new music I would have otherwise missed. So, with that being said, I've decided to create a blog series I'm going to title "Music of the Moment." with this being my first post in the series.
For my first "Music of the Moment" post I'm going to share a song that I just stumbled upon a few minutes ago by the Wallflowers called "Reboot The Mission." I've always liked Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers and this is a song I had never heard before. I just discovered it on Black Dog Films awesome website.