Free photoshoots for Unsigned Bands

5 02 2013


As some of you avid Deadl.ie readers may know, I offer free photoshoots to unsigned Dublin bands. Not always or to anyone, mind you, but to those bands who catch my eyes and ears. If I take a shine to a band – I want to take their photograph. The Cast of Cheers, No Monster Club, Alarmist, Dott, Nella Dwyer, Friend?, P/I/G/S, Tuner, EatenByBears and more have all benefitted from this project of mine and your band could now too.

So if you’re interested in having your photos taken by the most handsome man in the country on the wrong side of the camera – leave a link to your music in the comments below and if I likes what I hear, I’ll be in contact.

P/I/G/S

You might ask, what’s in it for me as a photographer? Fair cop, but it’s simple – I don’t make any money off these images unless you’re any good. I will retain copyright information to the images, but you can use them on social networking sites. You can stick them on your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace (it’s back, y’know) and band website, but if they are being sent into the press you have to let them know that I own copyright. I get paid when they get published in any major publication. That way you get high quality images published and I get paid. Win-win.

Now go out there good fellows and spread the word – the Deadl.ie photographer just got deadlier.

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Foster The People

1 12 2011

I won’t bore you with some banal chat today. Not when I’ve belter pictures to be showing you from Foster The People’s headline gig at the Olympia from this week.

As always, click to see them larger over at Flickr.





What a week

25 11 2011

Alas, it was not to be with the NME. I was beaten by the better picture, in the end – and rightly so, I feel. Truth be told, I was of course a little bit disappointed, but perhaps only because during the extended wait, I had convinced myself I had won it. You know, like when you buy a lottery ticket and just before the first ball comes out you think to yourself ‘I’m definitely going to buy a llama. Feck it, I’m getting three with this kind of money’. Unfortunately I will not be jetting off to the NME, nor indeed for that matter, setting up Finglas’ first llama sanctuary. Shame, really.

So that was my Monday. Well, I also had some e-mails setting up shoots for State.ie’s Faces of 2011 Spectacular.

Tuesday saw me shoot the marvelous Elaine Mai for State, up near Whelans in Dublin. With help from the fantabulous Abe Tarrush we got some sexy-mid-day-softbox-strobist action going. Here’s one from the shoot anyway:

There’ll be more on Elaine on State.ie very soon.

Wednesday saw me shoot the Dublin five-piece Alice Can’t Turn Left before their gig in Sweeneys, again with help from the Marvellous Mr.Tarrush I managed to pull off some great strobist ideas picked up from the truely amazing Todd Owyoung:

And then Thursday saw me entertain fiddle-phenomenon Daithi in the Phoenix Park, before he was swept off to Limerick for his show that evening. With no help for the shoot and the wind turning my softbox into a highly expensive kite towards the end of the shoot, I was lucky enough to be able to grab a few softbox-aided shots before the wind sent us packing. Oh, and I got a wave from the new president leaving the Aras in his new car n’all!

Today being Friday, I’m taking a well deserved ‘eating-my-body’s-weight-worth-of-cake’ break. Battenburg is my saturated-fat crumble of choice today. It goes down well with a pear cider, I find… I tell thee, the life of a Dublin-based rock photographer is glamourous to no end…





Tommy McNulty

8 08 2011

I recently met up to photograph musician Tommy McNulty in Temple Bar. Having found my 50mm (It had run away on me) I took it along and used it for the first time in far too long. I also brought the strobes with me, as I am now wont to do and worked as best I could with some very changeable lighting conditions. I’m happy with the shots, they’re fit for their purpose (for posters – hence al the ‘white space’), but Tommy should be appearing on Deadl.ie again soon, albeit in more fun shots.

 

We also gave levitation a go. It was a bit freaky.

 

 

 





PIL, Tripod, 10 June, 2011

14 06 2011

Lets keep this one short…





Villagers, 21st December, Vicar Street

22 12 2010

Last night, Conor O’Brien and Villagers played to an eager crowd, who braved the elements to see him off this year. His was in top-notch form. To shoot, was a bit off-putting however – the first song, the beautiful, ‘Twenty-Seven Strangers’ was a solo effort by O’Brien. He hardly played the guitar and whispered the lyrics to a silent crowd – making my loud camera-shutter noise seem like a thunderclap every few moments. I gave up after a couple of seconds, wrote it off to artistry and just enjoyed it.

It was a great evening, enjoyable to the point of purchasing band merchandise! (huzzah!)

Here’s some of the piccies, the rest of the set is available on State.

 

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649&offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fmehfesto%2Fsets%2F72157625685245968%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fmehfesto%2Fsets%2F72157625685245968%2F&set_id=72157625685245968&jump_to=

Villagers, Vicar Street
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State’s Love:Live Music – Special Guest: Kyp Malone

17 04 2010

Kyp Malone, live at the Mercantile Bar

I adore Tv on the Radio, (along with every other bearded music-lover) so it was nothing more than phenomenal that I got to witness this bearded crooner/guitarist live in the small setting on the Mercantile Bar. Stranded on the last night of the tour because of a volcano in Iceland, Kyp decided to tag along to State’s first Love:Live Music session, which also played host to Take the Money and Run, The Cast of Cheers and headliners, Super Extra Bonus Party. (click here for full photo set)

But as fantastically impressive as they each were, Kyp was my highlight. Grumpy and alone, he twanged at his guitar, plecless through four numbers from his current side-project, Rain Machine. Opener ‘Give Blood’ was a durty groove, stripped of it’s backing vocals, drum-beats and bassline, it was almost unrecognisable from the original. ‘Smiling Black Faces’ was also briefly aired and mumbled through and ‘New Last Name’ was probably the most true to the original. But to be honest he could have played ‘Netti Fritti’ on his own and I still would have lapped it up.

Christ, with a beard like that he could’ve just stood there. Isn’t that right, y’happy bastard?