2015 Music Recap w/ Favorite Photos

2015 Music Recap w/ Favorite Photos

  • December 31, 2015
  • music

In 2015, John Brandon of San Fermin, Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Colm Querney, Kellindo Parker (who plays with Janelle Monáe) and Al Kooper (who plays with Bob Dylan) were among some of the musicians I photographed who sent me personal messages to let me know they appreciate my work. It’s a great feeling to have the artists themselves find your work. And though I didn’t hear from her, even Mariah Carey probably saw my work on the Village Voice.

One up and coming band, Secret Weapons, found my photos and reached out, inviting me to come check out their show. After seeing them a few times and getting to know Danny and Gerry, it was great to hear they signed to a label before the year was out. Congrats fellas.

In the same period, I’ve gotten my work published (even if it was just once) in more places, including in and on Noisey, Pancakes & Whiskey, Fangoria, ReverbNation, Rockin’ On, Open Ears, the Sundance Institute and who knows where else.

It helps that I’ve been seeing a lot of music. Although I don’t have an auditor, I try to keep track of what I’ve seen in a year. Returning to the Newport Folk Festival and seeing a ton of great music in Fort Adams State Park was one of the highlights. I look forward to going again in 2016.

Here are some statistics for 2015:

  • 311 shows/bands/sets (includes photo only opportunities).
  • 259 unique/individual bands/musicians.
  • 73 different venues/event spaces/parks/whatnot.
  • 143 days in the year during which I saw a show (with above caveat).

Artists I saw most frequently, with # of times:

Venues I visited the most frequently, with # of times:

I got to know a lot more photographers which is great cause I have more friends to keep me company in the photo pits. And I worked with a lot more publicists, the kinds folks who are willing to let me go into those same photo pits, so I must thank them for the access they provide and allowing me to do what I love.

With that, let me share my favorite (I don’t call them them “best”) music photos of 2015.

best_2015_02_gwar best_2015_03_samaris best_2015_15_davidwax best_2015_06_sayloulou best_2015_20_pattismith best_2015_17_glenhansard best_2015_24_monae best_2015_22_andersoneast best_2015_26_buddyguy best_2015_28_romeosantos best_2015_23_lonebelllow best_2015_25_ritter best_2015_04_sufjan best_2015_07_neyo best_2015_13_blur best_2015_05_azealia best_2015_10_morrisey best_2015_14_mavis best_2015_11_batiste best_2015_12_vintagetrouble best_2015_16_colmmac best_2015_09_billiejoe best_2015_21_fkatwigs best_2015_08_algiers best_2015_30_thunderbitch best_2015_29_sleaterkinney best_2015_01_bjork best_2015_27_taylorswift