Last weekend my buddy Scott Simock and I attended KROQ Epicenter 2010. First, thank you again to the KROQ family for giving me the chance to see/photograph incredible bands. You all freaking rule. At Epicenter I got to see bands like Eminem, Big Boi, Rise Against, 30 Seconds to Mars, Against Me!, KISS, and of course Blink-182. I had such an incredible time, despite it being 110 degrees and on black asphalt. No humidity, just a blazing oven with thousands of crazed fans out to see their favorite artists.
A quick little back story. Blink-182 was my favorite band growing up. Anyone who really knows me will definitely know that. Believe it or not they actually played a role in how I got into Film-making. Video production was offered to me my Jr. year in high school and I said to myself…“I always wanted to learn how they did the cool camera tricks (photos turning to video, video turning to photo) in the Adam’s Song music video.” Day one in video production I fell in love and have been pursuing it ever since. Now I am not a little crazed “fan-boy” or anything, I just really appreciate them for inspiring me into my career. I definitely still love their music.
That being said, I was most excited about shooting/seeing them. Oddly enough it was one of my least favorite sets of photographs. Nothing due to the band, but due to the stage being so tall and the position of the event’s stage lighting. I was getting mainly black backgrounds. The front house spot lights just created a flat wash. Enough excuses, I had 3 songs to shoot and I just didn’t come through. Hopefully this wont be my last time shooting them and I can supply them with some much better content next time around.
Big thanks to Blink-182 for the show. Thank-you Aissa and Gus for coordinating and giving me a pass to shoot.
“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Several more galleries to be posted over the next week. Cale Glendening