So this weekend was a busy one and exciting too, spent all day shooting at That Damn Show in Mesa Arizona on Saturday (Bad Religion, Face to Face, Tiger Army, Fenix TX, HB Surround Sound and Inept Hero). Sunday was a day of rest after spending all day out in the sun the day previous, but Sunday night was an absolutely amazing show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale Arizona, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.
That Damn Show was a great time and let me tell you, it’s been a while since I’ve shot at a concert especially one of this scale, what a trill being up so close to the action and being the envy of every person behind you and the barricade. I promise a better write up when I get around to going through the photos later this week, the same goes for the Jello concert. I have to say though Jello Biafra puts on one of the most amazing shows, talk about high energy for someone of any age.
In posting this and the update later this week, with pictures, I am in no way claiming that any of these musicians will be making the way into the book, yet anyways. I will be clarifying my stance on if and when I will reveal who will be in the book. I assure you there is a yes list and it is growing day by day. Look for my post on this matter tomorrow.
I reached the point of no return quite a while ago when it comes to Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock, today is the day I take a big step forward in making this a reality. Once again I assure you that anything you can help with along the way is more than enough. So what is indiegogo? Indiegogo is a crowdfunding solution that empowers ideas and enables people to donate funds easily (I borrowed that definition from their site.). Think Kickstarter but more artsy. This book won’t make itself and to make it something that people might want to buy is going to take a bit of cash. If I could do this all myself, I assure you I would. The whole goal of Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock is to showcase Punk Rock and all of it’s many facets and make a bunch of money for a great charity. Little Kids Rock deserves my best, and with the launch of this indiegogo campaign my best may be just that little bit better. I have some really great perks over there including, postcards, prints, canvas prints, copies of the book, signed prints, t-shirts, and your picture in the book. You can see the campaign widget over on the right hand side of the site, clicking on it should take you to the indiegogo site.
Well if you’re here because I sent you an email then great, I love you for that. Everyone else, I love you too. I have been hard at work contacting promoters of concerts and festivals, but the real hard work comes when trying to contact bands. Contacting bands is not an easy task for basically a first timer, I have no real credibility and no foot in the door, so thank you if you are taking a chance on me and Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock. Unless a band is a total do it yourself operation, there are often managers, agents, publicists, bookers, and record companies to get through. Often I wonder if my email is even read or passed on to the band, I am not saying that it is not, but I still wonder. I am working hard on this and will continue to do so until the finish line. I want to get everyone excited about PKPR, bands and fans alike. Thank you all for your time.
P.S. I got a new tattoo.
I have a hard time asking for money for myself or things that I am doing, but truth be told I can’t make Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock a reality without a little help and some of that help will need to be in monetary form. I have added a PayPal Donate button over on the right side of the website, which makes it very easy. I promise I will not be buying beer with the money that this might bring in. I will be using the money for expenses related to the book, travel, food, lodging, and equipment. I really do appreciate any support I receive even if it’s just a hug or a pat on the back or maybe even an attaboy or two. Finally let me be very clear, I am not trying to make money off this project, money I raise initially goes towards the production of the book and then all the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Little Kids Rock.
You only get one chance to make a first impression and in that sense I think I may have failed. So this is my attempt to make a really good second impression. I was thinking about editing my previous post about Little Kids Rock, but then I thought I would be better off making a second post. You see I have very strong feelings about Little Kids Rock and what their mission is all about. Providing and encouraging music education to children is very important, crucial in fact. I remember the music classes I took in elementary school and it saddens me to know that some children do not have the same chance I did to discover the beauty in the experience of making music. While I did not continue my musical education, I may have if I had got to play the guitar instead of the saxophone, I would not want to take away any child’s chance to flourish as a result of discovering music. I am extremely happy to have the chance to raise money for Little Kids Rock and at the same time create something I feel is important and hopefully beautiful. What better than a book of musicians raising money for possible future musicians? So please follow me along on this wild ride and participate, if you like, in whatever way you can.
I let the cat out of the bag on social media yesterday, but now I’m getting to posting the announcement here. We have partnered with Little Kids Rock as our charity of benefit. All proceeds from the final book will be going to Little Kids Rock and I am happy to do it, they are a great bunch of people with a great cause. Little Kids Rock is the only school-based, pop and rock instrumental music program in the U.S. and is the leading free instrumental music program in the country. Little Kids Rock is bringing music education back to disadvantaged communities. So please follow me on my journey as I bring Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock to fruition. I will soon be launching an Indiegogo campaign to fund this project, if I could fund it myself I would, maybe next time.
So you find yourself thinking, what is this all about? Well let me be as clear as possible, this (Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock) is the best thing ever. Or at least it will be when I’m finished. I say when I’m finished, because it’s just me a one man operation, I know I will have support along the way and I will always be more than willing to give credit where credit is due. For now I need to let you all know what I am doing, wanting, needing and looking to achieve.
Doing? Photographing Punk Rock musicians and putting those photos together in a book. Travelling to get the shots that I need (without going broke). Let me be clear that Portraits are more than just static head shots. Portraits can me colorful, dynamic and emotional.
Wanting and Needing? Access is key. As well as acceptance. I’m not looking to take advantage of anyone, I am looking to build trust. I want to photograph musicians performing, backstage (both pre and post performance), hanging out after a show (if they are so inclined to do so), practice sessions, in the recording studio, and just being regular people. I am looking for candid shots, spontaneous shots, not looking for posed or studio type shots. I also need sponsors and backers.
Looking to achieve? Something unique that hasn’t been done before, to my knowledge. An overall picture of what is happening right now and what came before and influenced today.
Since I just got the site up today, I will suggest going to the Facebook page for past updates. Facebook and Google+ will get currently happening sort of updates while any major announcements or news will get posted here, in detail, as well. Please let me know what you think of the project and give me any suggestions you might have. Also please like the page on Facebook and share it with whomever you can.