So what would you say if you were asked to photograph a childhood hero of yours for Rolling Stone magazine? You would either say yes, or take a big breath & say YES!! When I was younger it was all metal, the louder, faster & harder the better. I haven’t mellowed completely these days ( just a bit though!!) but late last year I was given the opportunity to photograph Mike Muir, & his band Suicidal Tendencies, for Rolling Stone. Talk about a change of pace!
When I lived in Brisbane we spent two or three nights a week at gigs. The weightier end of the live music scene was thriving with crusty punk, hardcore, grind & death metal bands of all persuasions, local & international playing on a regular basis. One of the mainstays of the BrisVegas scene were Dreamkillers, who seemed to be at nearly every gig in some capacity. And now here they were in 2009, remodelled & reformed (in the band sense).
The irrepressible Les, still fronts the band which now features Antz Palmer formerly of Post Life Disorder. Brilliant!
I had a blast. it’s funny because when photography first took over me I wanted to emulate great rock photographers like Tony Mott & John McMurtrie. Maybe the universe is telling me something……….
Check out the February issue of Rolling Stone.