My love of music is the result of growing up in a family of music obsessives. As a kid, my mum played a lot of The Beatles, Elvis Presley, CHIC and David Bowie to me. My Dad, on the other hand, was a big fan of John Peel’s radio show, so he had me listening to bands such as New Order, Blondie and The Undertones.
My parents took me and my sister to our first gig to see Busted at a rainy Stoke City FC’s stadium when I was 7 years old. I’ve been a regular gig-goer since then. Getting greats such as Bryan Ferry, The Arctic Monkeys and Green Day under my belt to name a few.
I first started music photography in 2016 after photographing a few bands rehearsing at Faktory Studios in Great Barrow. However, I didn’t get fully into music photography until I was asked to photograph a Christmas gig at my university in Cheltenham; I’ve been hopelessly hooked since. It’s allowed me to live and breathe music and I have befriended some truly incredibly talented bands such as Fawner, Santia and Floorboards.
The majority of my photographs take place in the heart of Cheltenham’s music scene, which is a pub called The Frog and Fiddle. A venue where student bands can grace a stage that has hosted the likes of Mallory Knox, Slaves and Vukovi among countless others. It’s nearly three years since the first gig I photographed. I’m still as obsessed with music photography as I was when I first attempted to capture the buzz I feel whenever I am watching my favourite artists just kill it on a stage. I’m very much looking forward to the awesome bands and venues I’ll be lucky enough to photograph in the near future.
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