Ash by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography

So, who have you shot?

A

  • A.B Original
  • AC/DC
  • Acceptance
  • Ace Frehley
  • Across The Atlas
  • AC Slater
  • Active Child
  • Adalita
  • A Day To Remember
  • AFI
  • Afrojack
  • Against Me!
  • Airbourne
  • Ajax
  • Albert Hammond Jr.
  • Allday
  • Al Duvall
  • Alex the Astronaut
  • Ali Barter
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alicia Keys
  • Alison Wonderland
  • All Time Low
  • Alkaline Trio
  • Alpine
  • Amber
  • Amy Shark
  • Alt J
  • Amanda Palmer
  • The Amity Affliction
  • Anathema
  • Ana Tijoux
  • The Animals
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad
  • Andrew W.K.
  • Andy Bull
  • Angelique Kidjo
  • Angus and Julia Stone
  • Animal Collective
  • Anna Calvi
  • Anna Lunoe
  • Antemasque
  • Anti-Flag
  • Aphex Twin
  • Apocalyptica
  • APY Choir
  • Arcade Fire
  • Archie Roach
  • The Art
  • Art of Sleeping
  • Art vs Science
  • Ash
  • Ash Grunwald
  • Asha Bhosle
  • Asian Dub Foundation
  • The Aston Shuffle
  • Atreyu
  • August Burns Red
  • Aurora
  • Austra
  • Australian Dance Theatre
  • Avicii
  • Azealia Banks
  • Aziza Brahim

B

  • BaBa ZuLa
  • The Babes
  • Baby Animals
  • Babyfather
  • Bad//Dreems
  • Bag Raiders
  • Ball Park Music
  • Bamba Wassoulou Groove
  • The Bamboos
  • Band Of Horses
  • Band Of Skulls
  • Banks
  • Basement
  • The Basics
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Battlehounds
  • Beady Eye
  • The Beards
  • Beartooth
  • Beaver
  • Bebel Gilberto
  • Belle And Sebastian
  • Ben Lee
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Ben Wrights
  • Berline
  • Birds of Tokyo
  • Big Scary
  • Billy Bragg
  • Bitchspawn
  • Black Sabbath
  • The Black Sorrows
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Blasterjaxx
  • Bleeding Knees Club
  • Bliss N Eso
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloody Beetroots
  • Blue Gillespie
  • Blue Juice
  • Blue King Brown
  • Bob Evans
  • Bo Ningen
  • BORNS
  • Boy and Bear
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Brian Wilson
  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • British India
  • Brodinski
  • The Bronx
  • Bullet For My Valentine
  • Busy P
  • Buzzcocks
  • The Byzantines

C

  • The Cactus Channel
  • Cairo Knife Fight
  • Caiti Baker
  • Cake
  • Calexico
  • Caligula's Horse
  • Camp Cope
  • Cannibal Corpse
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • Cassette Kids
  • The Cat Empire
  • Chairlift
  • Charlie A'Court
  • Charli XCX
  • Chase And Status
  • Cherie Currie
  • Chet Faker
  • Chiddy Bang
  • Childish Gambino
  • Christina Milian
  • The Church
  • Circa Waves
  • Circles
  • Citizens
  • City and Colour
  • City Calm Down
  • City Of Fire
  • City Riots
  • Clairy Baby Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes
  • Clairy Browne
  • Closure In Moscow
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Cog
  • Coheed & Cambria
  • Colin Hay
  • Collarbones
  • Color Me Badd
  • Common
  • Compressorhead
  • Confession
  • The Contortionist
  • Coolio
  • Corpus
  • Cosmic Psychos
  • Cosmo Black
  • Cosmo Thundercat
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Courtney Love
  • Culture Club
  • Curse ov Dialect
  • Custard
  • Crisis Alert
  • Crown The Emppire
  • Crystal Fighters
  • CSS
  • Cults
  • Culture Club
  • The Cure
  • Custard
  • C.W. Stoneking
  • Cypress Hill

D

  • DakhaBrakha
  • Dan Black
  • Danny Brown
  • Dan Sultan
  • The Dandy Warhols
  • The Dangerous Summer
  • Dan Kelly
  • Dappled Cities
  • The Darkness
  • Darwin Deez
  • Daryl Braithwaite
  • DD Dumbo
  • Dead Joe
  • Dead Letter Circus
  • The Descendents
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Death Grips
  • De La Soul
  • Def Starr
  • Deftones
  • Delorean
  • The Delta Riggs
  • Die Antwoord
  • Died Pretty
  • Diego El Cigala
  • Die Roten Punkte
  • Digitialism
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • Diplo
  • Django Django
  • DJ Bliss
  • Djuki Mala
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Donnarumma
  • Donovan Frankenreiter
  • Dragon Force
  • Drake
  • Drapht
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • Dune Rats
  • Dyssidia
  • DZ Deathrays


E

  • Eagle And The Worm
  • Eagulls
  • East Brunswick All Girls Choir
  • East End Villains
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Edmar Casenda Trio
  • Elizabeth Rose
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Elliphant
  • Eluveitie
  • El Vez
  • EMA
  • Emma Louise
  • Ember
  • En Vogue
  • Eska
  • Ester Rada
  • Explosions In The Sky

F

  • Faith No More
  • Far West Battlefront
  • Fascinator
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Fatman Scoop
  • Fear Factory
  • Festival Statesmen
  • The Finks
  • FKA Twigs
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Flight Facilities
  • Flour
  • Flume
  • Flyying Colours
  • Foals
  • Foo Fighters
  • For All Those Sleeping
  • Fraser A. Gorman
  • Frenzal Rhomb
  • From The Jam
  • Friends
  • Full Tote Odds
  • Fun
  • Future Islands

G

  • Gang of Youths
  • Garrett Kato
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Gary Numan
  • Gawurra
  • George Maple
  • Gerard Way
  • Giorgio Moroder
  • Girls
  • Glass Animals
  • Glasser
  • Glass Skies
  • Godflesh
  • Godsmack
  • Good Boy
  • Gooch Palms
  • Gossip
  • Grenadiers
  • Grinderman
  • Grinspoon
  • Groove Armada
  • Grouplove
  • Grum
  • Gurrumul
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Gwar
  • Gypsy And The Cat

H

  • Haddaway
  • Halsey
  • Hana and Kate
  • Hands Like Houses
  • Hand Of Mercy
  • Harts
  • Harvard Bass
  • Hatebreed
  • Hazmat Modine
  • Helmet
  • Helloween
  • Hellyeah
  • Henry Rollins
  • Henry Wagons
  • Heroes For Hire
  • Hidden Intent
  • Hilltop Hoods
  • The Hives
  • Hockey Dad
  • Hollywood Undead
  • Hoodoo Gurus
  • The Horrors
  • Hunters & Collectors


I

  • Ibeyi
  • Icecocoon
  • Iggy And The Stooges
  • Illy
  • I Know Leopard
  • Inna Modja
  • Introvert
  • Imogen Brave
  • Incubus
  • In Flames
  • In Hearts Wake

J

  • J Mascis
  • Japandroids
  • Jamie Jones
  • The Japanese House
  • Jarryd James
  • Jason Derulo
  • Jebediah
  • Jeff The Brotherhood
  • Jeff Martin
  • Jen Cloher
  • Jenny Berggren
  • Jeremy Neale
  • Jesse Davidson
  • Jessie J
  • Jess Kent
  • Jherek Bischoff
  • Jim Jones Review
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Jlin
  • Jonathan Boulet
  • John Farnham
  • John Grant
  • John Legend
  • Johnny Marr
  • Judas Priest
  • Julia Jacklin
  • Juliette Seizure & The Tremor Dolls
  • Jungle
  • The Jungle Giants
  • Justice
  • Justine Clarke

K

  • Karnivool
  • Kasabian
  • Katchafire
  • Katie Noonan
  • Katrin Quinol
  • Katrina (& The Waves)
  • Kelis
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Kevin Smith
  • KFlay
  • Kiesza
  • Kikagaku Moyo
  • The Killgirls
  • Killing Heidi
  • Kimbra
  • Kim Salmon
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
  • King Parrott
  • Kingswood
  • Koi Child
  • The Kooks
  • Koolta
  • Kurt Vile
  • Kurt Vile and the Violators
  • Kylie Minogue

L

  • L7
  • Labrinth
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • La Luz
  • La Mambangera
  • Lamb of God
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Last Dinosaurs
  • Laura Marling
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Leon Bridges
  • L-Fresh The Lio
  • Life Pilot
  • Limahl
  • Little Dragon
  • Little Dust
  • Little May
  • Little Red
  • Loon Lake
  • Loot And Plunder DJs
  • Luca Brasi
  • Luke Million
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Lykke Li


M

  • M83
  • Mac DeMarco
  • Macklemore
  • Maddy Jane
  • Make Them Suffer
  • Mallory Knox
  • Mammoth Mammoth
  • The Maine
  • MANE
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Man Overboard
  • Mansionair
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Mario
  • Marky Ramone
  • Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders
  • Martika
  • Massive
  • Matt Corby
  • Matt Gresham
  • Maverick Sabre
  • Meg Mac
  • The Melvins
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Men Without Hats
  • Messrs
  • Methyl Ethel
  • Mexrissey
  • M.I.A.
  • Michael Buble
  • Mick Jenkins
  • Milky Chance
  • Millencolin
  • Mini Mansions
  • Ministry
  • Misfits
  • Missy Elliot
  • Molly Ringwald
  • Monifah
  • Monster Magnet
  • Montaigne
  • The Morlocs
  • Motion City Soundtrack
  • Motley Crue
  • Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
  • Mumford And Sons
  • Murderdolls
  • Ms Mr

 N

  • Nao
  • Nahko And The Medicine People
  • The Naked And Famous
  • The National
  • Naughty By Nature
  • Neckdeep
  • Neil Finn
  • Nelly
  • Ne Obliviscaris
  • Nero
  • New Found Glory
  • New Kids On The Block
  • New Order
  • Ne-Yo
  • Ngaiire
  • Nicholas Allbrook
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Nick Murphy
  • Nick Skitz
  • Nightwish
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • North East Party House
  • NO ZU
  • Numbskulls

O

  • Ocean Colour Scene
  • The Offspring
  • Of Monsters And Men
  • Oh Mercy
  • Ollie English
  • Olly Murrs
  • Oki Dub Ainu Band
  • The Once
  • One Day As A Lion
  • One Direction
  • One OK Rock
  • One Planet
  • Operator Please
  • Opeth
  • Orange Blossom
  • Orb
  • Orianthi
  • The Original Wailers
  • Orpheus Omega
  • Ouch My Face

P

  • Pajama Club
  • Paradise Lost
  • Paul Capsis
  • Paul Kelly
  • Paul Lekakis
  • The Panics
  • Parachute Youth
  • Parkway Drive
  • Passenger
  • Passion Pit
  • Patent Pending
  • Pearl Jam
  • Peking Duk
  • Pennywise
  • Perfect Pussy
  • Pete Murray
  • Peter Hook & The Light
  • Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Piano Become The Teeth
  • Placebo
  • Plan B
  • Plini
  • Pond
  • Portugal. The Man
  • The Presets
  • The Prodigy
  • Primus
  • Psy
  • PVRIS


Q

R

  • Radical Son
  • Radio Birdman
  • Rammstein
  • The Rapture
  • Ratatat
  • Ratking
  • Raury
  • Real Estate
  • Real Life
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Red Jezebel
  • The Red Paintings
  • Reel Big Fish
  • Regurgitator
  • Return to Roots
  • Ricky Martin
  • Rise Against
  • Rizzle Kicks
  • Robyn
  • Rob Zombie
  • Ross Wilson
  • Royal Blood
  • The Rubens
  • Ruff Endz
  • Rufus
  • Russell Morris

S

  • Salt'n'Pepa
  • Sampa The Great
  • San Cisco
  • Santana
  • Santigold
  • Sarah Blasko
  • Satan's Cheerleaders
  • SBTRKT
  • The Screaming Jets
  • Sebastian Bach
  • Seth Sentry
  • Seun Kuto & Egypt 80
  • Sevendust
  • Shihad
  • Shonen Knife
  • Sigma
  • Simple Plan
  • Sincerely, Grizzly
  • Sinkane
  • Skindred
  • Skrillex
  • Slash
  • Slayer
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • sleepmakeswaves
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Slum Sociable
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • The Smith Street Band
  • Snakadaktal
  • Snakehips
  • Songhoy Blues
  • Soundgarden
  • The Specials
  • Spiderbait
  • Spiro
  • Stabbitha & the Knifey Wifeys
  • Stafford Brothers And Timmy Trumpet
  • Stillia
  • Stacey Q
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Stiff Little Fingers
  • Steel Panther
  • Steve Aoki
  • St Lucia
  • Storm The Sky
  • The Streets
  • The Strides
  • St Vincent
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • [su:m]
  • SUMS
  • The Summer Set
  • The Superjesus
  • Surviving Sharks
  • Swannee
  • Swedish House Mafia
  • The Systemaddicts

T

  • Taberah
  • Tago
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Talib Kweli
  • Tame Impala
  • Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving
  • Tash Sultana
  • The Tea Party
  • TEK TEK Ensemble
  • The Temper Trap
  • Thelma Plum
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Tinie Tempah
  • Tim Rogers
  • Timmy Trumpet
  • Tired Lion
  • Tkay Maidza
  • Tone Loc
  • Toni Childs
  • Tonight Alive
  • Tool
  • Tori Amos
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Total Control
  • Totally Unicorn
  • Tourist
  • Tralala Blip
  • Trivium
  • Troye Sivan
  • Truth Corroded
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Twerps
  • Twin Shadow
  • Tycho


U

  • UB40
  • Underoath
  • The Undertones
  • The Used

V

  • Vanilla Ice
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Vance Joy
  • Veara
  • The Vines
  • Violent Femmes
  • Violent Soho
  • Voyager

W

  • The Waifs
  • Warsaw Village Band
  • Wasted Wanders
  • Wa Wa Nee
  • We Came As Romans
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • West Thebarton Brothel Party
  • While She Sleeps
  • White Lung
  • The Whitlams
  • Whitney
  • The Wombats
  • The Word Alive

X

  • Xavier Rudd
  • Xylouris White


Y

  • Yacht Club DJs
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Yeasayer
  • You Am I
  • Young MC
  • Yuck

 Z

 Misc.

  • The 1975
  • 47SOUL
  • 9Bach


© Kerrie Geier http://scotopiclux.com All rights reserved. Do not use, alter or repost without permission.

Liz Thomas (Ouch My Face)

Liz Thomas is one third of Melbourne art-punk outfit Ouch My Face. I first saw them supporting Regurgitator in 2015, and they blew me away so I made sure to catch them as part of the Milk! Records show case tour in early 2016. They have fast become one of my favourite live bands, and definitely a favourite to shoot. 


Do you personally have a say as to whether or not photographers are provided access to shoot your gigs? If so, why do you chose to allow/disallow them?

Unfortunately no. When we’ve done larger scale gigs, its all be down to the promoter/label. I requested access for a friend of mine when we played at Sleater Kinney (in Melbourne) and it was turned down, the promoter saying that the allocation was ‘full’. Suffice to say it was really disappointing when no photographs surfaced from that show and we don’t have a record of one of our most treasured supports! 

Do you know if there is currently a contract that photographers must sign before shooting your gigs? If so, did you have any say on the terms and conditions of the contract? Do you know what the terms and conditions in your contract are?

No, other than the ‘3 song’ rule – but that’s not something we police – just the security guards

What are your thoughts on having photographers at your gigs? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Self conscious? Do you enjoy it? Are you glad when they leave? Do you feel it impacts the performance or the experience of the fans?

I love seeing photographers in the pit – that may be as i have a passion for the medium myself, but it adds to the excitement, i think for both the band and the audience. I’ve never had a photographer be invasive and have always found them to be respectful of both the audience and the band.

Do you value the end product that is provided by these photographers and the promotion that it provides you/your band when galleries are posted to online publications? Would you rather have no photographers, or just use crowd sourced images? 

Without a doubt, I prefer a photographer there. The promotion that it provides is invaluable, and having professional images helps mould the image of your band. It also helps you reach new audiences and fans that you would not be able to access if you were just relying on fan photographs. 

“if you are using their work to promote your band then they absolutely should be credited.

Do you make an effort to credit photographers when sharing live music photos from your gigs online? Why is this your position?

Absolutely. For the same reasons that I would credit any other persons art or work – they own the copyright and if you are using their work to promote your band then they absolutely should be credited.  

Have you paid to have a photographer to shoot a show/tour before? What impacted your decision to pay to have a photographer shoot your show/tour? Did you feel there was a benefit to this arrangement and if so how did this differ to having photographers shooting for free?

No, but if money allowed, I definitely would. To have one person tour with you and get to know the band and individuals would undoubtedly result in a great documentary of your tour.

Please share any other thoughts you have about the pro’s and con’s of live music photographers, the ownership of copyright on images, crediting when using/sharing images, contract terms and conditions etc.

The only area i feel a bit torn over, is photographers granting us the right to use their photographs. For example, we contacted someone who has taken many photos of our band over the years, and sold copies at exhibitions, about using a couple of the images for our website, with full credit and a link back to their site. This particular person refused, which left us a bit baffled. If they are making a profit from selling our images, surely we should be able to use them on our website?! 


© Kerrie Geier http://scotopiclux.com All rights reserved. Do not use, alter or repost without permission.

Montaigne

Jessica Cerro, better known as Montaigne, has been making waves in the Australian music industry with incredible songs such as I’m a Fantastic Wreck and Clip My Wings.  Her debut album ‘Glorious Heights’ is due for release soon (head to her website to pre-order it!) yet she was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about photography and the music industry. Jessica has been a vocal supporter of crediting when sharing photos on social media, and so when I decided to start this project she was one of the first people I thought to reach out to, so lets find out a little more about her thoughts on the topic. 


Do you personally have a say as to whether or not photographers are provided access to shoot your gigs? If so, why do you chose to allow/disallow them?

It’s not currently an issue but if it did come to a point where my management had to ask for my word on the matter I’d definitely allow photographers at my gigs. Why? Because I don’t really see why not. 

Do you know if there is currently a contract that photographers must sign before shooting your gigs? If so, did you have any say on the terms and conditions of the contract? Do you know what the terms and conditions in your contract are?

I don’t think there is.

What are your thoughts on having photographers at your gigs? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Self conscious? Do you enjoy it? Are you glad when they leave? Do you feel it impacts the performance or the experience of the fans?

Personally, I don’t feel uncomfortable at all. I quite enjoy it! It depends on the venue of course, whether or not it affects a fan’s experience. A venue like Oxford Arts Factory, for example – it’s probably a little bit distracting, especially if they’re in the front row. Not a problem at all if it’s in a venue either with tiered seating/standing or has a partition between crowd & photographers like the Metro or Hordern. As long as the photographer isn’t taking up too much space in those front rows though, there shouldn’t be a huge problem. 

Do you value the end product that is provided by these photographers and the promotion that it provides you/your band when galleries are posted to online publications? Would you rather have no photographers, or just use crowd sourced images? 

Yeah I do! It gives me something to post on Instagram and my socials that isn’t dogs or stills from Kingdom Hearts. I’m not much of a selfie taker either (only sometimes, I have to be in a very particular mood) so it gives me a way to show people my face and my performance. What a professional photographer takes is obviously much better than a shitty iPhone photo (most of the time) and has an enhanced aesthetic so it’s very much preferable. Also, one day, when I can afford a tour photographer, seeing the photos of people who regularly photograph my show let me see if there’s an aesthetic out there that I complements mine, and could regularly employ in the future. Me posting photos and crediting the photographer also allows other performers to gauge the same thing. 

 

“I just think that the community of artists around the world should be working in COMMUNION with each other.”

Do you make an effort to credit photographers when sharing live music photos from your gigs online? Why is this your position?

Yes! Because it’s the least that photographers deserve, given that they aren’t paid. That’s just one reason, too. It’s their work, for god’s sake! So credit them. It’s theirs. Let people know who did the thing that you like enough to share around to thousands (or more) of followers.

Have you paid to have a photographer to shoot a show/tour before? What impacted your decision to pay to have a photographer shoot your show/tour? Did you feel there was a benefit to this arrangement and if so how did this differ to having photographers shooting for free?

I have tried but the photographer has always been unable to attend at the last minute haha. That’s only been the case because I’ve pushed to have her paid. At the moment, the business of Montaigne can’t actually really afford to pay a designated photographer, let alone my MD, but when I can it’ll definitely be a priority. What impacted my decision to try and get that photographer for that show was that I’m a fan of her stuff, and in past she’s been the designated photographer for a band who reached a point where they could probably afford to pay her for shows and still weren’t, which is selfish and unfair in my opinion. She usually shoots for me for free anyway, but I wanted to be able to pay her where possible.

Please share any other thoughts you have about the pro’s and con’s of live music photographers, the ownership of copyright on images, crediting when using/sharing images, contract terms and conditions etc.

I just think that the community of artists around the world should be working in COMMUNION with each other. I’m not interested or impressed by egos. I’m not interested in a world where your accomplishment is only important if you’re the only one achieving. I don’t want to live in a world where I am forgetting about others because I’m too absorbed by myself. It doesn’t really help society progress. And in the end, we are a part of society and what we do inevitably makes an impact. So why would you want to make that impact negative? If we help each other, we help ourselves. Not just socially or materially, but emotionally and spiritually. It’s not as if photography is a dead medium, it’s just more prevalent in digital form now, and that doesn’t make it any less valuable. Artists who care about people illegally downloading their music should be empathetic towards the plights of photographers whose photos are stolen willy nilly, and should make an effort – even if very small – to combat that.

Do you have any feedback for photographers regarding shooting at gigs, posting of images, anything at all that you feel would be beneficial to your experience, as well as that of the photographer and the audience?

Well, I suppose just make sure you’re being respectful of the artist and of the audience, you know? I expect everyone in my audience to be kind and considerate, indiscriminately. I think that’s it.


Smashing Pumpkins - Scotopic Lux Photography

The Smashing Pumpkins : Australia, 2015

It was March 1996, I was 16 years old and a band called The Smashing Pumpkins had recently come to my attention. They were playing in Adelaide (07.03.1996) and at the last minute I decided to buy a ticket. That gig had a huge impact on me, it was like nothing I had seen before and as I stood and watched from the cheap seats I am sure my jaw was dropped the entire time. I left the Adelaide Entertainment Centre that night wanting to know everything there was to know about The Smashing Pumpkins.

Skip forward nearly 20 years and I find myself in the extremely fortunate position of being able to photograph three of The Smashing Pumpkins gigs on their 2015 Australian tour (starting in Adelaide at the Soundwave Festival, then on to Festival Hall in Melbourne and The Big Top, Luna Park in Sydney).

Having been lucky enough to see The Smashing Pumpkins on every tour of Australia since 1996 I have seen many different incarnations of the band in many different venues across the country and watching this line up of Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Brad Wilk and Mark Stroermer was incredible and exceeded my expectations. So I thought rather than just dump a whole bunch of shots up here I would share a little bit about my experience.

 

Smashing Pumpkins - Scotopic Lux Photography

ADELAIDE (22.02.2015): I feel the need to speak about the Adelaide Soundwave set which Billy has commented on in the media. There is no doubt that the turn out and crowd response for Smashing Pumpkins gigs in Adelaide has been hit and miss (that is the reason that we have been skipped on a number of tours) and Soundwave was no different.

The Smashing Pumpkins played at the very end of a two day, outdoor, metal festival in the middle of the Adelaide summer, with punters (and photographers) having spent two days in 40*C (104*F) heat. The turn out for the entire festival was low, and as such the festival will not be returning to Adelaide next year – which is such a shame.

There are all the usual excuses:
1. Adelaide is close to Melbourne (about an hour flight) and so Adelaide fans will often travel to Melbourne to see shows, especially side shows. I know I would rather see an full length solo show by a band I love than buy a ticket to a festival where there may only be one or two bands I want to see.

2. In February and March in Adelaide we have the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Adelaide (Arts) Festival, the Clipsal V8 car race, WOMADelaide, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Future Music Festival as well as many gigs from bands touring Australia through summer. For a city of our size, this may well just be overkill. I know that the audiences don’t cross over too much, but $180 for a Soundwave ticket may well rule out any other events for some people?

All I can say is that those of us who were there to see The Smashing Pumpkins absolutely loved it, and hope that the band aren’t so discouraged that they wont consider returning to Adelaide.

This was not technically my first Pumpkins shoot. I had shot them at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre in 2010, but that shoot was from the sound desk, so when the band walked on stage in Adelaide and I was the only photographer in the pit (everyone else was over at Slipknot) it was an amazing moment for me and one that I wont forget.

As for the shoot, it was hard work! It was so dark on that stage and there was minimal front lighting so it was really hard to get some clear shots. Combine the low light with the constantly changing lighting and it was also hard to get a lock on focus at some points. I went home that night and edited my Soundwave shots until 3:30am, hoping that we might get some better lighting at the side shows!

Smashing Pumpkins - Scotopic Lux Photography

MELBOURNE (23.02.2015): I don’t think there is a less appealing venue in Australia than Festival Hall. A cement box with side seating that is behind wire fencing, it feels like you are walking in to a cage fight not a gig. Though I was so happy that I had come to Melbourne for this gig as from the moment The Smashing Pumpkins walked on stage it was a whole different experience (band and crowd) than it had been in Adelaide.

Kicking off with three singles (Cherub Rock, 1979 and Ava Adore) the crowd was totally into it, the band were in a great mood and it was times like this that I really do feel so lucky to get the chance to do what I do… being up close to artists that I respect and admire, doing what I love and getting to watch them perform some amazing songs.

After the standard “first three songs” were up there was a mad dash to the car to dump our gear and then back in to the venue to watch the rest of the gig. As I said, I have seen many Pumpkins gigs and what I saw tonight was incredible. The band had never sounded heavier than with Brad pounding those drums, and I could happily watch Billy and Jeff jam out United States every night for the rest of my life. It was amazing.

Good news is that the lighting was better at Festival Hall and I got some decent shots, though it was still dark and difficult and my shots are full of grain as I had to up the ISO. That said, I am always my own harshest critic and the more I have looked at some of my shots the more I like them.

Smashing Pumpkins - Scotopic Lux Photography
Smashing Pumpkins - Scotopic Lux Photography

SYDNEY (25.02.2015): Having not travelled to Sydney too often for gigs I had never been to Luna Park let alone The Big Top venue within, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the venue as a punter or as a photographer.

Tonights gig had support from Japanese band One OK Rock and from Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) who is actually a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan, and told a story of his first Pumpkins gig which was nice to hear. The venue was much smaller inside that I had expected but the floor filled up nicely by the time the Pumpkins came on and the atmosphere inside wasn’t too bad.

Same set list as Melbourne but different attitude and some variations to songs as Billy seemed to be a little frustrated with his guitar or his sound at one point. Ending with a killer version of David Bowie’s Fame (a cover I really enjoyed each time!)

Lighting tonight wasn’t quite as good as Melbourne I don’t think, though still better than at the festivals which was a blessing. The stage was quite large and I was able to get some full body shots even with my 70-200mm!

Shooting Smashing Pumpkins

My shots of The Smashing Pumpkin’s sideshows were taken exclusively for Ozphoria, the Australian Smashing Pumpkins fan community. A huge thanks goes out to the band for providing the access to allow this coverage.

My full set of Soundwave Festival shots (including The Smashing Pumpkins) from the Adelaide leg can be found at MetalObsession.net.


Faith No More - Scotopic Lux Photography

Farewell Soundwave Festival. Love always, Adelaide.

As a photographer, music festivals are the hardest work but also the most fun. You get to do what you love – A LOT, shooting loads of bands, being up close to the musicians you love and respect, and generally getting amongst it. What most people don’t see though is the long days in the weather (be it sun or rain), running from stage to stage, trying to find time to eat, the pressure of getting the shots you want and then backing it up the next day with usually a full 6-8 hours of editing photos. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

One of my favourite festivals to shoot has been Soundwave Festival. The bands are so visually interesting, metal bands love to play it up for the cameras, and the punters are the best. So as this years Soundwave Festival came to and end I was sad to hear that Adelaide wouldn’t see it return next year.

It’s been a bad few years for not only Festivals but also Adelaide, having lost the Big Day Out and now Soundwave festival also – my two favourites, gone. So I thought that I would put together some of my favourite shots from Soundwave Festival and still hope to bring you more shots (albeit from interstate) in 2016.

Marilyn Manson by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Marilyn Manson
Ministry by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Ministry
One OK Rock by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
One OK Rock
Antemasque by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Antemasque
Gerard Way by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Gerard Way
Jane's Addiction by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Jane's Addiction
Steel Panther by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Steel Panther
Soundgarden by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Soundgarden
Green Day by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Green Day
AFI by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
AFI
Fear Factory by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Fear Factory
Faith No More by Kerrie Geier | Scotopic Lux Photography
Faith No More @ Soundwave Festival