March 12th, 2012Live
I must admit I have been out of the loop with shooting live music for the past few months. With a crazy end to my freelance work at the end of last year and life still in catch up mode now, it has left me with very little time and energy to get out on the gig scene.
This week sees things settle down a little and therefore I am out again shooting at the HiFi again for the second time this week, with St Vincent. This was one of those gigs where by I didn’t instantly know the artist. With a request coming from my editor, I often use my role as music photographer to get off my arse and discover new music. A few years ago when Maximo Park hit the stage of The Zoo I became an instant fan running out and buying their whole discography based on one show. Though I am not running out instantly to buy St Vincent’s back catalogue, her performance at The Hi Fi definitely stirred a curiosity. An ex-member of Polyphonic Spree and part of Surfjan Stevens’ touring band (thanks Wikipedia), here is a live performance of St Vincent playing her track Surgeon as a small taste.Tags: 2012, brisbane, concert, elleni toumpas, gig, hi fi, march, st vincent
January 24th, 2012LiveTags: 2012, band, brisbane, brisbane band, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, foster the people, gig, last dinosaurs, Live, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, rave magazine, stage, the tivoli, toumpas
October 17th, 2011Live
On Friday I shot The Jezabels in the first of their two shows at Brisbane’s The Tivoli for Everguide and Rave magazine. For the first song the band performed behind a black semi-opaque curtain with each band member back-lit projecting shadows for the duration of the song. Once the curtain dropped photographing lead singer Hayley Mary was an easy task as she strutted around the stage hitting her notes by holding interesting angular poses.
August 26th, 2011Live
Last week I went along to The Zoo to photograph Dead Letter Cirucs for Everguide. The day before the Ekka public holiday, the show sold out earlier that day, so getting in early to get prime spot was mandatory.Tags: brisbane, closure in moscow, concert, dead letter circus, dlc, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, music, the zoo, toumpas
July 8th, 2011Live
Last Friday night Busby Marou played a sold out show at the Old Museum for their Biding My Time tour. Quickly becoming a favoured venue for musicians, the beautiful Old Museum was transformed even further with a lighting treatment of bare globes and rich colour washes. A pleasure to shoot and even more of a pleasure to watch. One thing that I found peculiar though was the quite eclectic crowd that had come along tonight. I could not help make comparisons with some of the female adoring fans and the type that would frequent some of those city pubs that most music goers would tend to avoid. I am not too sure what this says about the band, but everyone seemed to enjoy their night, so I am hoping it is nothing but positives.
Tags: 2011, band, biding my time tour, brisbane, busby marou, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, live music, music, musician, old musuem, photographer, photography, photos, stage, toumpas
June 7th, 2011Live
Things have been a bit hectic over here. In the past two months I have only shot one live gig, and I am finally getting around here to blog the pictures here. Katy Perry at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on the 5th May. As it was a sound desk shoot, and being the short photographer I am, this shoot was a little difficult in timing to get shots through the hands of fans.
Tags: 2011, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, katy perry, live music, music, toumpas
At the end of March I photographed the Foo Fighters Flood Relief fundraiser gig for the Vine.
Before the gig I received a call from the band’s management in regards to the possibility of licensing photos for a Japan magazine. I was given the assignment to shoot all members of the band WITH their respective instruments. Once in the pit this task was made a little harder as we were escorted out after only two songs due to the crowd getting a little rowdy.
Fortunately though Sony Japan and the band’s management were happy with the shots and a license was struck for the shot to appear in the May issue of Player magazine. I am still waiting for digital proofs of the inside story images, but for now here is the cover with a link back to the shots in the Vine’s Foo Fighters gallery.Tags: 2011, brisbane, concert, dave grohl, elleni toumpas, foo fighters, gig, japan, Live, magazine, magazine cover, may, player magazine, published, riverstage, tearsheet
March 30th, 2011Live
In February I was given the heads up that DZ Deathrays (previously just DZ) were playing a house party at Taringa. I went along thinking it was being filmed for a film clip, however turns out instead it was the audio being recorded for their upcoming EP.
Tags: 2011, brisbane band, brutal tapes, concert, dz, dz deathrays, elleni toumpas, EP Recording, gig, house party, Live, music, taringa
February 8th, 2011Live
On Friday I was asked to help Sydney based photographer Dan Boud in covering the Brisbane leg of the St Jerome’s Laneway festival. My job was to second shoot, basically trying to catch many of the same artists that Dan was shooting but from a different angle. And also to cover bands that clashed in the timetable.
The day started off incredibly hot, which left most photographers quite drained. Highlights from the day photograhically were !!! (pictured above), Les Savy Fav (who’s reputation for his dynamic and crazy live performances has quickly spread around the country) and personal favourites Holy F*@k and the Jezabels (who I made a point of staying and watching the whole set of).
Tags: !!!, 2011, alexandria street, ariel pink's haunted graffiti, band, bear in heaven, brisbane, cloud control, concert, elleni toumpas, festival, foals, gig, gotye, laneway, les savy fav, live music, musician, st jeromes laneway festival, stage, the jezabels, two door cinema club
December 23rd, 2010Live
So this year I have been helping out a bit with Blair Hughes and his Brsbane Sounds project. For those who know Blair you know how passionate he is about the local music scene and how proactive he is about getting shit done. I like that. On Saturday he hosted a little Xmas shindig at the Zoo with a tonne of bands that have been associated with Brisbane Sounds during the year. A lot of booze was drunk. A lot of merriment was shared. Congrats to Blair on a stellar 2010. I can’t wait to see where the project grows to in 2011.
Pics from the Christmas party are below. Along with quite a few of trashed Santa.
Tags: 2010, blair hughes, blonde on blonde, brisbane sounds, brisbanesounds, christmas, christmas party, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, my fiction, party, teenage wolves, the mercy beats, the zoo, toumpas, winnie coopers, xmas, xmas party