Team dRiFFt attended the highly-anticipated Simulation Theory tour at the American Airlines stadium in Dallas, where Muse's spectacular production took over on Sunday evening. Muse released their eighth studio album Simulation Theory late in 2018, following with an international stadium tour. The Simulation Theory album takes a decidedly softer slant this time around; with a notable tribute to science fiction, subtle underpinnings of a political slant and a decidedly Tron-esque aesthetic. It features album art designed by Stranger Things artist Kyle Lambert and forms the ambitious underpinnings of an even bigger live show. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who isn't familiar with Muse; the iconic rock trio features the inescapable brilliance of Matt Bellamy's vocals, Chris' powerful guitar riffs, and Dominic, untamed on drums. We know them for 'big' melancholic, symphonic tunes, sold-out international tours and festival headlining notoriety. They are simply incredible live
It's not every day you wake up to the sound of waves crashing, tropical birds singing and your first thought is "holy sh*t, today I get to photograph Duran Duran." Yet that is precisely what happened at 5-oh-two a.m., in the dusky pre-dawn of KAABOO Day Two. Why I was awake at that time, I've no idea. Why Duran Duran were my first thought? ...also no idea. But I did have a formidable and very full day ahead of me, so I blundered into the fantastic little kitchen of our AirBnB condo to make coffee, then shuffled out past palms and tropical flowers to the rocky coral bluffs overshadowing turquoise-hued reefs. I sat and sipped my coffee, mulled over the magnificent scenery in front of me, wondering how I'd do it justice in a short blog post. I took a stroll along the bluff, stopping to collect pristine just-washed-up coral and to remove a rogue hermit crab from the sidewalk squish zone. Brain sufficiently jump-started and soul sea-spray refreshed, I headed back inside to start my day.
I'm at a loss, folks. The girl that never fails to have too much to say doesn't know how to start her KAABOO Cayman day one recap except to whisper a breathless "wow" in between sips of her morning coffee. I am quite literally sitting under the palms, attempting to sum up an overwhelmingly wonderful jam-packed day while my mind races with all of the cool stories, goosebump-inducing musical moments and incredible photos from yesterday.
Happy Valentine's day from the middle of the Caribbean ocean, ya'll! As I'm sure you've heard, Team dRiFFt set off this week on an intrepid journey to attend the inaugural KAABOO Cayman music festival - the first of its' kind (and certainly the biggest) on Grand Cayman island this Friday and Saturday. We arrived a day and a half ago, after a 3am start in Austin, long airport lines and an extended layover in Miami because the incoming flight struck a flock of birds. I'd complain about this, but considering the plight of the birds in question... we fared pretty well. And for the first time in my life, I must actually commend American Airlines for their handling of the situation. They were able to find a new plane and send us on our way with minimal pain and suffering. Also, there are worse places to be stuck than behind an octogenarian paying for crummy Miami airport coffee in dimes and nickels. Yes that happened. And then I also paid for mine in kind. Because, when in Rome...
Camping isn't for everyone. In reality, festivals aren't always for everyone. If done right though, the combination can be magical. The perfect summer adventure; setting up your little home turf under the trees, grilling with a beer in one hand and then building a quick s'more before heading over to catch the music. You are blissfully relaxed, free to sip away as many craft cocktails as your heart desires. There are no concerns about the crush to exit; traffic, long lines entering and exiting the festival grounds. Only to head back over to your campground and decide whether you'd rather go hang the hammock by the river's edge or join a campfire sing-along. What is your preference? Would you camp at a festival? Or is a hotel more your style?
I am one week away from our first international festival trip of the year, and I am incredibly disorganized. The anxiety is sky-high. When it comes to travel and festival coverage I am the poster child Type-A organizer junkie. I find myself writing endless to-do lists, shopping lists and packing lists; schedules, shot lists, interview questions, schedules, checking and re-checking hotel, car, parking reservations. And right now I’m also sitting here with a seemingly impossible editorial schedule for the week and a reserve of unedited show photos from Saturday’s Frost Fest (an entirely kickass show, btw…). This may figuratively and literally break the camel’s back. There. Is. SO. MUCH. TO. DO.
Chasing live music photography has been an intense pursuit over the years, and since the question comes up on a regular basis, it's a great subject for an impromptu rambling. Why music? Why festivals? What made you decide to get into this line of photojournalism? Great question.
With humble beginnings in high school and college, photography paired perfectly with my infatuation over the live music scene. The hobby evolved slowly, bouncing between enthusiastic concert-goer and that weird girl that takes photos of everything. I learned early on that it's not an easy line of work to find success in. Between long hours carting heavy and expensive gear, meager compensation and intense competition in a field of very talented and equally hungry photographers, it's a tough gig.
Here you'll find archived band, festival and concert stories... plus blog entries from Team dRiFFt as they travel, photograph, interview and adventure!