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Sam Fogarino DJ Set: Tower Records by Aaron Corr

Interpol’s Sam Fogarino made an appearance in Tower Records in Dublin on the day of their third, and final show in the Olympia Theatre to spin some tunes. I made it to the set and brought my camera along for the sake of it. His set featured Tame Impala, Beach House, Rocket From the Crypt and Faith No More to name but a few.

I brought along a print from their show two nights before to get signed. He was delighted to see him so well lit as he joked that drummers often get overlooked, especially for lighting. They have a new lighting guy on the Marauder tour who clearly appreciates the guys further back on stage. I’ve met Sam a few times and he has always been one of the most easy going guys to meet and chat to, especially within Interpol.

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz: Vicar Street by Aaron Corr

I was surprised to get a photopass for this show, purely because I figured the man himself wouldn’t be too fond of press at shows. When I got the pass I thought to myself “the lights will be shite”, and sure enough, they were.

Promiseland

Promiseland

Support came from Promiseland, a Tasmanian devil onstage, who couldn’t keep still between running to his decks/samplers and jumping off stage and into the crowd. He came on twenty minutes later than expected. The lights were brutal and the constant movement didn’t help. The most still he was through the shoot was during this shot as he stretched his back on stage.

Then we get to Julian Casablancas and the Voidz, half an hour later than listed time and just as in the dark as Promiseland. Julian takes to the stage and sits on the drum riser, head in hand for a moment before he began to sing. Within a minute he comes to sit at the front of the stage to face, or not face the crowd. While the stage is lit bad, he was completely in the dark and the lighting guy showed no interest in fixing that.

Myself and fellow GoldenPlec photographer, Colm Kelly were the only two photographers in the pit and were at either side of Casablanas, facing the same struggles. The camera couldn’t focus because it was so dark. I’d switch to manual focus and it still wouldn’t shoot. I swapped lens to a f1.8 50mm and still it struggled to find a focus point. The only hope was catching him while people in the audience snapped him with their phones. Never more so was I happy that people at a gig kept their flash on. This is the only reason I’ve anything usable from the show.

His guitarist wore clown make up and even he was constantly in bad lighting. The below shot may look like things weren’t as bad as I’m making out but this was the best I got in the bunch. He would also veer too far forward on the stage away from whatever light there was and I struggled to get him in any action shots, particularly while side by side with the second guitarist.

Overall it felt like a waste of time but if you’re going to have a shit shooting experience it may as well be with someone of note. I can’t call it the worst shoot I’ve ever done as the audience saved some shots. Band’s like Beach House still hold that honour.

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August Photos by Aaron Corr

Steve Davis

Steve Davis

I began August with a random, last minute Friday request to shoot legendary snooker player turned DJ Steve Davis for The Thin Air.  My parents were visiting and staying in my apartment that weekend and were arriving off the train around the same time as I was needed for the shoot but I figured I could squeeze this in ahead of getting them.  Steve was in Dublin to play a DJ set that weekend and began with a short set in All City in Temple Bar.  There was free beer to be had but I had to miss out on that given my rush to get away.  After his DJ set he went outside for a breather and an interview with Hotpress.  In between being grabbed by other photographers and people looking to say hello I pulled him aside for the quickest of quick portrait shots in front of the store.  The other photographers had him pose by a wall, or by the barber pole that can be seen above so at least I wasn't getting the same shot as everyone else.  While I snapped this my dad was calling me on my phone.  He's a big sports fan and would have been delighted to meet him.

Windings

Windings

The first gig of August was catching the return of Grandaddy in Vicar Street, shot for GoldenPlec.  I first caught their reunion show at Electric Picnic in 2012, surprisingly this is only their fourth show since then.  They had support from Limerick's Windings.  Given my ties to Limerick I made sure to get there early to catch them in action.

Grandaddy

Grandaddy

Although it wasn't a completely sold out show, Grandaddy had a very enthusiastic crowd.  I wasn't expecting the buzz that was there that night and though I'm a fan of the band, it elevated my excitement for their performance as their set went on.  Shooting the show was ok, the pit was busy and tight to get around the other photographers.  Jason Lytle's face was always half cast in shadow from his hat, and his synths and keyboards around him made it that bit extra awkward to try get great shots of him.  Lighting was okay, not the best or worst and nothing that caused a huge amount of headaches.  I knew the band wouldn't be lively or jumping around for me to get cool action shots, they're just not that type of band, so I was happy enough with the results.

Hilary Woods

Hilary Woods

The next gig of the month was the brilliant Warpaint, supported by Hilary Woods (ex jj72 bassist) in the National Concert Hall for The Thin Air.  This was my first time visiting the NCH and I was amazed by the size and acoustics.  I need to see more concerts there.  Hilary was completely solo, with backing track and video backdrop creating a suitably ambient vibe to go with her music.  I was very impressed with her performance.  

In terms of shooting in the venue photographers are relegated to the sides and back of the hall since the front row seats leave no room for what would be usually the photo pit.  I pretty much kept my 70-200mm lens on for the full night.  The lights never changed so once I landed on my setting for the evening I never really had to modify it much.

Warpaint

Warpaint

I last saw Warpaint at Electric Picnic early into them touring their second album.  The show was riddled with issues with their new additions of synths to the live mix.  It looked like a frustrating show for them.  This was a breeze in comparison.  The band were a little thrown by the fully seated audience so by the third song got them all standing.  They were great to shoot, the only pity was not having a photo pit to capture them the same way one can capture them the way other venues would allow.  This was a small grievance since I wasn't exactly a 3Arena soundboard shoot distance away from the band.  Until next time.

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