Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Foreign Beggers - London

I had to go up to London to shoot a quick shoot for the website Ilikemusic.com who wanted to have some pics taken to go with their interview with Foreign Beggars, who are one of the most prolific and versatile Hip Hop outfits to emerge from the UK. Consisting of MC’s Metropolis and Orifice Vulgatron, Producer Dag Nabbit, Human Beat boxer Shlomo and DJ Nonames.

With roots ranging from jazz and classical training, to years of writing recording and performing hip hop, death/power-metal and drum & bass the group’s varied experiences combine to create one of the most explosive live rap showcases on the planet.

They were just about to do a sound check at Fabric for their album launch, but I grabbed them for a very very quick shoot. I Wanted to get a bit of fun out of the guys and I decided to use ringflash to get that punchy look.

Exclusive James Zabiela B + W Shots

Its been a busy month for Pioneer with the launch of the new CDJ- 2000, which i must say are amazing

The CDJ-2000 brings a number of enhancements over its predecessor.For starters, it has a touch-sensitive area called the "Needle Pad," which lets users jump to a specific song point with the flick of a finger. Secondly, the turntables can now act as a MIDI controller for other devices, with all of its 35 buttons at the ready for musical manipulation. Lastly, it comes equipped with Pioneer's "Pro DJ Link," which lets you plug and external data source into one turntable, and access that data on any other CDJ-2000 turntable linked up to the system.

Dj James Zabiela has been a major part of the design and testing of the product, so I went round to his house to get some fly on the wall pics of him using the kit. Decided to go for a grainy Black and white feel, all round I think everybody is very happy with the results.

Space Closing Ibiza 2009

One of my fav jobs of the year, Space Closing for the Pioneer Pro DJ Calender 2010

Having been to Ibiza many times, this years closing party was the strangest as it RAINED!! From my point of view it did put a dampener (sorry for the pun) on the event, as my objective was to shoot the crowd during the day under a blue sky with the sun shining. Unfortunately most people were in rain macs all day so I held back on doing lots of crowd shots.

The music through out the event was amazing and the attendance was around 15,000! I again enjoyed using the 5D Mark II as throughout the night I shot HD film as well. The footage will be used for a film that will be shown on the DJ sounds website in the future.

I cant really put too many pics online yet as they have not been approved by the artists or Pioneer, but here are a few of my favs!!

I love the one of Steve Lawler playing to the whole Flight Arena, managed to get a really cool vantage point for this. Very Epic!!

Also there is a pic of all the Pioneer guys who are a pleasure to work with.