Beach Fossils

Live at The Echo.

Prior to arriving at the venue, I had absolutely no idea they were already HUGE. I knew it would be quite packed, but not crazy packed to the point that people were already claiming their places near the stage even before the opening act had begun setting up. By then, I knew I had a zero chance of getting good shots from the back of that enormous crowd so I looked for the security guy. It was my first time shooting with a photo pass so I wasn't aware of the certain "privileges" it entailed. So, the basics: you can go anywhere (well, still depends on the venue) and they wouldn't care. Some venues only allow you to take photos during the first three songs. Before their set, I got to ask Dustin, the frontman, for a portrait when I saw him backstage. He asked if he looked creepy. I should've told him he reminded me so much of Bob Dylan and Daniel Blumberg (of the band Yuck). The two other photographers with photo passes were pretty big guys with a lot of equipment and I felt like such a fraud at first. Then I just thought, well, whatever.

These guys were such rockstars! I listen to them on my iPod and it makes me think of the beach on a quiet and relaxing afternoon. Beach Fossils live is a whole new experience. It makes you want to move and use all of your friggin' limbs. The energy at the show was extraordinary. A moment worth noting: I witnessed crowd surfing for the first time in my life. At times, I was conflicted by my desire to stop, dance, and just enjoy the music. But then, I remembered I wasn't allowed to be "distracting". Movements had to be controlled because photographers were supposed to be sort of invisible to the band. I also didn't want to be rude to the paying audience. In short, I had to act like a ninja. I didn't want to get kicked out so I stayed put. Looking back, I'm glad I controlled myself because I look crazy when I dance in the first place. By the end of the whole thing, my heart was still beating fast and I couldn't believe it was over. The adrenaline rush was incredible.

So anyway, that's how I fell in love with music photography.