I want to thank everyone who appreciated the challenging photography of M83 that I took during FYF Fest in LA this weekend. James Blake’s set is tamer so I was able to get even more better shots than M83’s. I’m going to praise it myself. Considering that these are action shots, these are some of my proudest event photos. I enjoyed the performance. There are 14 pictures total so please bear with it. I hope you enjoy these images…
Above is Rob McAndrews on guitar. I had to leave early from the performance stage of Pains of Being Pure At Heart and I had to sacrifice not watching Sleigh Bells. I wanted to ensure good position amongst crowd to see James Blake up-close. I managed to do so; I was at the second row from the front barriers. My view is directly towards Rob McAndrews that I have more images of him than James Blake’s. Below is James Blake, electronic, dubstep, singer-songwriter.
More of Rob Andrews …
Above is Rob McAndrews on the sampler.
I love what the smokes and the lighting give, but these images with no extensive lights or smokes are just more natural, and are equally appealing.
This is Ben Assiter on drums.
When I first popped in the self-titled debut album of James Blake, it surprised me so much. The kind of a stunner moment that grips to your memory and leaves massive impression. My car was booming. It was shaking and trembling that I had to hold on the wheel tighter thinking it was something else. It works wonder. Magnificent! Watching the video of “Limit to your Limit” where a glass of water was creating ripples and was inchly moving from the table as if there’s an earthquake, I didn’t realize that the album would actually provide that same effect just by playing the physical copy of the album. That’s the music of James Blake- one of a kind, entrancing, eccentric… wonderful. Hearing it, and much more physically possessing it, it’s tangible and it gets so real, something you can really feel. Now imagine hearing it and “feeling it” live, and everything right up-front.
It blew our minds. The audience were looking at each other with wide-eye amazement of what was happening. It was during the two-liner song “I Never Learnt to Share”. The ground was shaking, we were all vibrating, and it was as if our bodies and belongings were going to be lifted in mid-air. It felt exactly like in the video of “Limit To Your Love” where things are suspended in the air. It was an incredible surprise having to experience his music like that. We, literally, were “uplifted” by his music. It was unbelievable, so surreal. This is exactly what separates from watching a performance live from watching a video or playing the album, and it’s far from listening from downloaded tracks. FYF Fest campaigns to support your local record bars. A hats off coup de theatre, James Blake really puts on a show show.
This is the live band ensemble…
Last Call… I kept close focus on James Blake and wider for Rob McAndrews because of the dramatic effect that the smoke and lighting brings. This is the last shot I took where I focused on Rob McAndrews much closer. I didn’t realize how cool the result was. Here, I caught his facial expression showing how he’s really absorbing the music.
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