For those who don’t know – although I’m pretty sure most do – I dabble in music through song-writing, playing a couple of instruments, recording and distributing my music online (3 Albums and counting). It’s purely a passion-thing and not geared towards making a living. My love for music photography also comes from this same passion, and it allows me to be around musicians, much like a drummer (lol). I’ve photographed the likes of Faithless, Ronan Keating and Live live.
I’ve had the pleasure of even shooting Miriam Makeba, Mandoza Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Valiant Swart, Johnny Clegg, Arno Carstens,David Kramer , macStanley (previously Flat Stanley),Theo Crouse ,Jannie Moolman , Koos Kombuis, Semisane (remember them?) , The Sunshines, Firing Squad, Ready D & MC Phat (RIP), Skallebrak, Tait , James Stewart and Barry van Zyl , Schalk Joubert , Francois van Coke , Lize Beekman , Broers, Saron Gas (now the international Seether) , Perez , Van Zyl, Raemon (Germany), Denver Berman-Jacob, countless CD-covers, countless posters, countless articles… the list goes on. In fact, my first solo exhibition in 2001, Wax Lyrical, was only focused on musicians in Cape Town.
Some of my favourite photographers are from the music genre: Jill Furmanovsky, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Zach Arias, to name but a few. Photography in music covers some of my favourite styles: rough incidental documentary, studio, creative portraiture and low-light imagery.
For a while now, myself and the guys from Streetlevel have traded studio time for studio time. Photography for recording, and this time around, I even got a bonus. James (an multi-instrumentalist, Grammy nominated songwriter and accomplished performer, also remembered as the front-man for The Usual) offered to lay some bass tracks down and even possibly some keys and Barry van Zyl (better known as Johnny Clegg’s drummer; they’re also partners in Streetlevel Music Productions and Water Sound) some drums. Before, I did all the instruments, bar Chris Tait doing drum programming and laying some electric rhythm and bass on some tracks on “Painting with Light”. This time around I’m glad I have big cheeses again adding their bit. I can’t wait to hear their parts.
Calum Milne, one of the resident sound engineers at Streetlevel Music, based at Tully McCully’s Spaced Out Sound Studios, did the honours of recording me yesterday. He also did the tracks, which were recorded live to mic, on “Live to a mic”. I laid down acoustic guitars, electric rhythm, lead and solos, vocals and backing vocals on one of my newer tracks I wrote for FFW (a worship ministry at www.ctcoc.co.za I serve in as singer and bassist) and congregational worship. The song is called “Uit die wereld”, which in this context means out from the world and not out of this world as it might appear!
I’ve taken to virtual busking, so the song will soon be available for free/pay-what-you-want-download, so watch this space.
Anyways, here are some memories from yesterday’s session (see the whole album at my facebook page):
Pics by Philip du Plessis:
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