DJ Series: Zeds Dead, Kids & Explosions, DJ Barletta

So, I've still been working on that DJ Series for BlogTO. So far it's going well! Since the holidays started i've done three additions. The most recent being... ZEDS DEAD!

Zeds Dead

So... Zeds Dead are one of my favourite DJ's and this was definitely one of the most interesting shoots I've done. At the very beginning I requested two hours and asked to shoot them on the main stage of a local club, Kool Haus. By the time the shoot started I had half an hour and couldn't shoot in the room planned - luckily another major club, The Guvernment, is attached to it. Although it was challenging I'm still happy with the results!

This shoot really made me realize the pressure and the need for solid planning when photographing subjects with a tight schedule - the guys had other interviews and shoots that day.

Zeds Dead

Everything ran well! The dudes were super chill and the shoot, once started, was generally relaxed.

If you're into the electronic music thing you should seriously check these guys out. They're super talented and put on a damn good show - we saw them that night!

Check out the interview by Igor Bonifacic and more photos here:

http://www.blogto.com/music/2011/12/get_to_know_a_dj_zeds_dead/

Big thanks to Braeden Vanrooy and Justin Amyotte for helping me out!

P.s. You have no idea how small The Guvernment actually is when it's not filled with people.

Kids & Explosions

Kids & Explosions

A while back I attended this really cool event where a local organization, Dudebox, created a 'pop up bar' inside a car garage that was about to be torn down. The whole concept was really cool but was even cooler was seeing Kids & Explosions live. After seeing him I knew BlogTO would be interested in featuring him so I contacted a few people and shortly after shot him for our Call And Response series.

Kids & Explosions

I shot Kids & Explosions AKA Josh Raskin in his work place where he's creating a sound studio out of an old meat locker. I had much more time than with Zeds Dead so we were able to get a few different locations in.

Kids & Explosions

Kids & Explosions

Josh's music is so unique. Some people probably wont like it but if you do you you'll love it like I do. He combines a huge array of different songs to create his own pieces unlike much else.

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for an animated short film he made called I Met The Walrus - It's about a boy interviewing John Lennon.

Check out the interview by Aldrin Taroy and also more photos here:

http://www.blogto.com/music/2011/12/call_response_josh_raskin_of_kids_explosions/

DJ BARLETTA Barletta

I also photographed local DJ, Hans Edquist aka DJ Barletta. I was able to shoot him right by my place near a church that is basically attached to the Eaton Centre. It was definitely a chilly day but everything ran smoothly! It was hilarious shooting right in Dundas Square having all the tourist stare at us.

Barletta

I was a little nervous about the church location as I knew so many people would be walking through having cut it really close to an actual Christmas mass. The church turned out to have some really cool locations that worked well! Score!

Barletta

Barletta

Check out the interview by Igor Bonifacic and some additional photos here:

http://www.blogto.com/music/2011/12/get_to_know_a_dj_hans_edquist_barletta/

Here's some of his music...

And a behind the scenes of me shooting and Andrew so kindly helping me out at Dundas Square...

Barletta shoot BTS

There's still many more DJ's coming. It's keeping me extremely busy but I'm excited to have the series completed. It'll make for a good series and it's already been providing some good networking!

Must keep shooting...