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I’d first like to say thank you to everyone who has ever supported my creative endeavors since the conception of Future Suspect artwork in early 2016. When I first got a camera, I immediately spent most of my days taking pictures and filling up memory cards with landscapes of Detroit and northern Michigan, friends, portraits and sneakers. There was something missing from my portfolio that I wanted to get knowledge and experience with, as I felt incredibly inspired by musicians, as I would browse Instagram tirelessly everyday saving some of my favorite and emotional imagery of my favorite photographers and music artists.
I wanted to get into music photography.
My first show I ever photographed was in October, 2017 at the El Club on Detroit's southwest side. The artist was a widely popular and OG of electronic trap music, that went by the name TOKiMONSTA.
Since I was a child my parents exposed me to music, beginning with blasting the likes of classic rock bands: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Clash, The Beatles, Aerosmith, Talking Heads and more. As classic rock laid the foundation of what would be a love for all music, I began my teenage angst journey listening to Blink 182, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin and learning to play drums and guitar in hopes to be just like the idols on my CD player.
I’ve always had a very diverse music taste, constructed by phases where I would be an emo kid one year, and an alternative rock hipster the next. Ranging from classical to hip hop and metal, I can listen and find deep appreciation for almost all genres.
So, over the past 5 months, I got more into becoming a music photographer where I would find the bands or artists coming to Detroit, and applying for photo passes through the management of the artists I wanted to capture. Typically, I would get no reply from hip hop artists managers, but there was one genre of the music community that welcomed me with open arms.
For those who don’t know of metalcore music, it’s a sub-genre of metal that features heavy guitar riffs, double bass drumlines, intense screams and clean vocals, typical of the choruses in metalcore.
As I harassed nearly every metalcore/hardcore act that stopped in Detroit, I would lookup the managers email and send my templated email anticipating the honor of a photo pass.
I got approved for most of the bands I applied for, and if not, I would have the courtesy of receiving an email declaring why I got denied. This grew my love for the managers and PR staff for metalcore bands even more.
From there, I went on to take pictures of some of the most popular metalcore bands in the industry. Working with the likes of Underoath, The Plot In You, The Devil wears Prada and Crown the Empire, has all brought me to a decision in the making.
As of February 1st, 2019, I will be on the road touring with Of Virtue, Kingsmen and Blessing A Curse! I'll be traveling throughout the mid-west, east coast and eventually landing in Florida for a few shows where I'll be taking in the warmth!
This felt like a tough decision at times, but was always a decision I knew I would say "yes" too.
I'm excited for the next few months and what my freelance photography career will bring me within the music industry. In hopes of making it on tours with some of my favorite upcoming and already mainstream acts, including: Lana del Rey, Thousand Below, Bring Me the Horizon, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Kings of Leon and more, this email is to attest that following your passion, can lead to prosperity.