3VOOR12 Award 2014.
Tonight, 3VOOR12 will announce the best Dutch record of the past year out of 12 nominees. I feel fortunate to have worked with 6 of the artists this year.
traumahelikopter took me on the road for a week in 2013, from Austin TX to Los Angeles and San Diego through New Mexico and Arizona. Initially I shot a reportage for the VPRO Magazine, but we also used more than 1000 photos for a weird stop motion video for Down In The City. And finally, this shot of the band looking over a cliff in LA was then used as the record cover for their nominated LP I Don’t Understand Them At All. Very proud of this one.
Tom Trago was featured in DJ Broadcast a while ago, and I got to shoot photos for the 6-page article. It was a very fun shoot, no preparation, just a long walk around Trouw Amsterdam and a lot of improvisation. After the feature was published Tom’s management bought a selection of the images for promotional use. It’s one of my favorite shoots I’ve done in a while because we managed so shoot such a big variety of images in one afternoon.
De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig were working on their last record, “Ja Natúúrlijk!” when their management asked me to shoot their press photos. It was a surprising assignment as they’re so far out of the stuff I usually did at that point, but at the same time they fit right in. High five to Kostijn for making that connection.
Moss was always a band that I wanted to work with, but somehow we never got to hang out in the first years I lived in Amsterdam. 2 years ago they played a special show at Tivoli Oude Gracht for 3voor12, and I helped out with filming. We stayed in touch, and when they started working on “We Both Know The Rest Is Noise” they invited me to come along to Sweden to document the recording and shoot press photos. Unfortunately my gear got stolen one month later together with all the photos. We shot these 4 portraits for the artwork in their rehearsal space with borrowed equipment.
Thomas Azier and I kind of know each other from the skateboard / whatever scene in Leeuwarden when we were both around 16. Or, so we realised when I photographed him in Berlin for the VPRO in 2012. A year later I looked him up during CMJ in New York. He was playing a pretty shitty club with a very shitty vibe and the party was about an hour behind on schedule. We hung out for a while and then went for a walk around the venue, on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge. I shot this portrait right there on the street, about 10 minutes before showtime. After that he set up his stuff, (he was playing solo) and just dove into this 30 minutes set without a light show or any proper sound on stage. Still he took his performance really serious and it made the show more raw, more punk. There he was, black bomber jacket, a mic, bright white light on stage and an audience of dudes in jeans and blazers and drunk women who were talking through the set. And he was just killing it. So powerful. Actually the best performance I saw that week.
Jungle By Night shouldn’t be in the list really because I shot this photo for their first record, 2 years ago. We talked about referring to those old photos from Nigerian, Ethiopian and Ghanese records. Sweaty, crazy looking guys, posing for the camera but still way too wild for a decent group photo. The Black Hippies, Marijata, those kind of bands. We found this little garden right around the corner from their studio. It’s probably the only good looking photo I’ve ever made of more than 5 people.
Tonight I’ll be shooting pics on the red carpet for 3VOOR12, and later on at the party inside. See you there!