Monday, June 3, 2019

Ledds' Own Nightmares On Wax Turns Red River Into A Dance Party.

DJ E.A.S.E. aka Nightmares On Wax. Austin, TX.
DJ E.A.S.E. aka Nightmares On Wax turning Mohawk into one big boogie night. Austin, TX

Living in the Live Music Capital in the world, you can always trust that the most amazing musicians will eventually grace a stage (or several) somewhere nearby during your tenure as an Austin resident. Some of my favorite shows are the more obscure and lesser known music acts that I've been fans of for years. My buddy (and also talented producer) Adolph introduced me to a ton of new music outside of my wheelhouse back when we first met in the early 2000's. Adolph always put me on game to some of my now favorite electronic musicians and producers including Nightmares On Wax. So I was so stoked when the fine people at Mohawk put me on to make some photographs of this sold out show.

Mark Farina getting the crowd ready.
 Mark Farina prepping the night proper.

Nightmares On Wax performs to a sold out Mohawk.
There's no way my images captured the energy this guy brought. You really just had to be there.

Working as a creative can be quite unpredictable. Especially in photographing a concert--you never really know what your're gonna get as far as crowds, lighting, and positioning. Mohawk is a fun venue and can also be a tricky place to shoot. Yet, I love how many different levels you can walk around and shoot from--always better to have options. Thankfully this night I was able to push my gear a bit as well and get some decent images in the low light (maybe it's finally time for a camera & lens upgrade). To top off more unpredictability, my memory card failed after this show and I thought this night and a few other shows were goners. Thankfully, a few months later, I was able to get them off of the card and into Lightroom.

This night was dope.
Wax Wizard.

Stand up guy with great music and great crowd work.

Hope you dig and if you were there, then I'm happy we can talk about how dope this set was should we ever cross paths.


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Late Nights With Murs and Locksmith.

Murs. Austin, TX.
Murs rocking Stubbs indoor. Austin, TX

Strange Music's very own Murs paid us a visit once again in Austin recently, this time with battle rap legend Locksmith. Been a good minute since I've been to a late show and a good reminder of how much the die-hards support the people they love. The energy was solid and after Locksmith gave a solid performance (a majority of his performance being made from the within the crowd), Murs hit the stage with some new jams and some classics from his own catalog of solo records, Living Legends track, and some bangers with 9th Wonder. Seeing "LA" in person always brings a smile to my face, so word to Murs for coming through and blessing us once again.

Battle rap legend Locksmith holding it down.

Getting intimate.

Sanity at its finest.

West Coast legend.

Bad Man.


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Three-Piece with a Soda.

Jorge Masvidal, 3-piece and a soda.
Order up! Austin, TX

What else can you say about this hilarious moment in UFC history? Sound bites are everything and I had a lot of fun serving up this 3-color jammer in honor of a fantastic post-fight performance by Jorge Masvidal. I haven't seen a UFC fighter get two wins in one night in a very long time.

Mock menu for arguably the best combo around, the 3-Piece with a Soda.


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Fuck.

#FUCK. Austin, TX
That good good. Austin, TX

I've been wanting to flip this Fila logo for a minute. Really fun piece I put together the other night with a photo I shot a few years ago. It's a photo of a lap dance from a burlesque show performance. Cannot remember either performer's name but it was a dope show.

Anyway, sometimes sex is heavy on the mind and it keeps me up at night.

Cheers.


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Fractions.

GZA/Genius of the Wu Tang Clan. San Antonio, TX.
GZA/Genius rocks Korova. San Antonio, TX


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Gangster Gibbs Swangs Through Texas Part 1.

Freddie Tour. Austin, TX.
We can do it all night, baby! Austin, TX.

MUTHER-FUCKING-GANGSTER-GIBBS.

Holy shit this guy just gets better and better. I had the pleasure of photographing Freddie back in 2015 and I was super impressed having not known much about him much at the time. A muther fucker know Freddie now, believe that. As much as his steelo has improved since then, at his core he's still Gangster Gibbs. It's still a plate a chicken with the bread stuck to the bottom. It's still all the fries you can give us. BET.

ESGN AMFD.
E$GN AMFD. 

SO WAY OUT!
G Perico held it DOWN. 

I can't say enough good things about G Perico. Holy shit this dude is raw. Took me back to mid-90's South Central LA rap. This dude took us to LA as he rapped through his set with an upbeat Westcoast vibe and a tone that reminded me of DJ Quik. I was sold immediate as this dude just has that vibe about him that is so nostalgic from my youth.

Freddie in Chinatown Market.
 Chinatown Market in full effect.

RAP AF.

I shot most of this show from the crowd given that this venue does not have a pit. It took me back to my early days, dreaming of the opportunity to have a better camera setup other than disposables and access to the front of the stage for the best shot. Shooting from the crowd always presents challenges and that's what makes photography so exciting--you never know what's gonna happen from one moment to the next. You just have to be ready.

Freddie Gibbs brings such an incredible hood vibe to his shows, yet his lyricism and sharp presence exude a certain professionalism. This dude shows up and puts in that work. I've been to plenty of rap shows and yet none can really compare to Freddie's performance. He's just on another level and is brimming with confidence as every word gets spit. This just can't be replicated.

Spider-Gibbs!

Smokin' that Freddie Kane! 

Gangster AF.

Big ups to Freddie, his management, and Scoremore for the opportunity to make these images happen.


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

STRFKR Delivers Their Golden Light To Austin.

STRFKR at Stubbs BBQ. Austin, TX.
STRFKR gets down at Stubbs. Austin, TX

What better way to kick off the new year than with another wild show in Austin, this time courtesy of the electro-fueled, Portland-bred STRFKR celebrating 10 years of their self-titled album. The dance party was on once they hit the stage, donned in women's apparel and bleach blonde wigs. The summery vibes were all around me and as much fun as it was watching these guys perform, their music gives me such a rush to just hop in my vehicle and drive to the beach for a campfire among the blissful sounds of crashing waves. And just like ocean waves, I found it difficult to sit still. The rhythms emanating from the stage were super infectious leaving my body nodding and swaying to the beats without me knowing what was happening. Sometimes the music just gets into you.

I want to keep this post really short and let these images speak for themselves, mostly because I find it really difficult to put these guys into words. And also because I don't know much about them as a band other than I really dig their thumping sound--it vibrates a different set of wavelengths inside of me.

I will say the show was super rad, eclectic, and a lot of fun. Hard to believe anyone would watch STRFKR and not enjoy themselves. Even harder to believe anyone is able to stand motionless while they perform such dreamy melodies.

STRFKR gets the party moving.

Rhythm is everything.

Illustration by Blue Hernandez. HO YEAH!
I made this illustration based off their self-titled album and King of The Hill's Peggy Hill.

Killer threads!

So many pearls!

View from the back of the house.

Thanks guys, it was a pleasure to photograph you all!


Stay Creative,
Blue