I've been wanting to photograph LCD Soundsystem for aaaaaages! They're one band that have been perenially on my bucket list, that I didn't hold out any hope of photographing - especially when they called it a day back in 2011.
This was always going to be a tough gig to shoot, but I didn't mind that one bit. It's good to get the opportunity to mix up your shows - 'variety is the spice of life', and all that. This was going to be a very different challenge to the Rolling Stones show I shot in Manchester the night before! There was the standard photopit and a two song allocation, but the lighting was perhaps the trickiest part.
As is often the case, shows for more electronic acts tends to be very different to that of a rock show. Ultimately, dance acts want you - the spectator - to get the hell up and dance, and is often lit for that purpose. This as a spectacle often looks great from a distance, where you can capture the full stage, the lights, and the crowd. Up close and personal from a pit, it's a bit trickier to capture that same magic. That said, there were plenty of opportunities to get some decent frames at the show.
James was fairly static throughout, but that's exactly what I was expecting. He's not famed for throwing himself about like, say, Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands as an example. His live show is a bit more reserved. This gave me plenty of chances to get the iconic shot of James singing into his trademark vintage mic.
It was great to finally see LCD Soundsystem live, and whilst it was a little disappointing that I only got to witness a couple of songs, it's given me the motivation to try catch their set in full next time our paths cross at a festival. Such a wonderful band.