Though you always imagine music being written and placed into your film, one of the things I hadn’t pictured at the start of this process was standing in a room while the cellist and composer record the music. Pictured, Alexandre “Diesel” Varela and Kristine Kruta, who wrote and performed our original score in a whirlwind […]
Andrew Kelley invited me to the studio the day I shot this pic of Sean Price in 2011. He was recording his verse on the Wu-Tang album Legendary Weapons. After recording that night, he lit up the assembled crew of rappers and industry folks with his lyrics and sense of humor. He spoke of the […]
With the current beef over ghostwriting in hip-hop, here are some thoughts that went out earlier as a set of tweets: I never had a problem with Dr. Dre rapping lyrics that Ice Cube wrote in NWA… *because* everyone knew that Cube wrote them. When I was a teen with a rhyme book and a […]
The Sasquatch Festival is a three-day explosion of music and bodies in one of the most picturesque concert venues imaginable, the Gorge Amphitheater in eastern Washington. Five stages of madness during the days, and 50,000+ attendees camping on the attached lands at night. Our team was hired by Skype to shoot it, and I managed […]
The guy in the top picture’s shirt matched the colors of the stage lighting for the jazz performers in the bottom shot. It was a fun couple of hours. And I’m now able to say that I’ve set foot in the state of Wisconsin.
It was a Sunday evening, a little over a year ago. Thaddeus Clark is on the phone. Thadd: Let’s do a video. Me: Cool. When. Thadd: Wednesday. Me: Word! That’s how it came together. We had been talking/planning. But it was one of those maybe, maybe not kind of things. Never the right window. Until […]
This past Halloween saw team Desedo plus a few hundred of our closest friends breaking things down in Brooklyn. At some point the camera came out. We’ll call it an exercise in creativity, a night of fun captured on film… Embedded journalism! All of that to say that time marches forward. And we like to […]
Intentional cultural poaching or no, ODB Liquors on Mission Hill in Boston might be the most keenly named individual business I’ve come across. I can think of no better tribute to the man and his work. The name has to be intentional, right? —  I’ve just spent the past half-hour recapping ODB’s […]
Access is that most elusive quality that is granted to some who wield cameras. The best seem to command it of their subjects instantly, effortlessly. The rest of us work for every scrap we can get and hire the best camera people to buttress ourselves. Perhaps as a cheat, a short-circuit, we who shoot things […]
It wasn’t the first time that I’ve bought music in a subway station. The Drumadics seem to know how to make a thursday afternoon groove.
Getting those long exposures working always feels good. This shot is from The Exit’s show in Boston last week. Out of town gigs are never easy on the lumbar region, but at least there is the show. Here’s an earlier interview I did with the band.
When the Falling Stars first appeared in the fall of 1996, the occasion was an open mic night on a college campus and the lineup was different from the group that would eventually perform dozens of shows over the next two and a half years.
New York City band The Exit play their first show after a near-two year hiatus. An interview with Ben and Gunnar before the show. In the interim since shooting this video Ben has fathered a child and married the singer M.I.A.
Mos Def opens his album Black On Both Sides with a challenge to the audience. “The next time you ask where is hip-hop going, ask yourself, ‘Where am I going? What am I doing?’” I write this mainly because I often have no idea where I’m going or what I’m doing. Somehow, I’d love to […]