I've spent a few years photographing indie musicians in Portland, OR. In that time, I've watched these musicians juggle families, day jobs, and multiple bands, to satisfy that craving they have for making music.
Some would say that it would be easier if they just gave up. A 4pm load-in for a 9pm show, with an 8am workday the next day? 40 bucks each for 30 hours of work? All this while Nickelback's on the radio? Who would choose that kind of life?
But then they get on stage, and melt your face. And for 3 minutes and 27 seconds, you forget that you just spent 6 bucks on a well drink, and you go into this world that they've created. Two hours later, you go home, and then much later - after they've loaded their gear out, settled up with the house, made sure that the unsold merch got put away, etc., they go home. And get up again to do it tomorrow. Rinse, repeat.
Modern media makes that perfect moment on stage so instantly available that we forget just what it takes to get that band on stage. And it comes so naturally to the musicians that we're lured into thinking that it's easy.
I invite you to take a closer look at the small, interstitial moments that form this miracle of indie music. They're not glamorous, but they're essential, and you can't call yourself a supporter of indie musicians without recognizing the non sequitur of the rest of their lives. I'm talking about band practices. Poopy diapers. Dilbert jobs. Traffic. Load-in. Load-out. Crappy days. Good days, too. Real days.
I'll be shooting the majority of the images using B&W film, printing 11x14s archivally in the darkroom. The complete set of 100 images will end up in a hardbound book; the collection will be displayed in large format at a Portland gallery for the most awesome party you've ever been to. I will continue to publish and sell the book, donating a portion of the proceeds to a local nonprofit that teaches music to little kids so that they can grow up and live the dream.
A few notes about backing this project:
- All backers will be invited to the opening party for the exhibition and will have their name in the credits section of the book.
- Backers at the $10 level and up will all receive exclusive sneak peeks at video interviews and recording sessions.
- Backers at the $15 level and up will all receive a copy of the Every Song is a Love Song compilation, featuring songs by musicians involved in the project.
- Backers who contribute $25 or more will get super amazing, handmade crafts that are detailed extensively in the "Backer Gifts" section on the right, over there. → →
- Those of you who have ordered prints will receive 8x10s.
Every song is a love song, by virtue of the fact that someone made a daily choice to nurture it and bring it into being. Help me honor these people who choose to leave the world a little more awesome than they found it.
- (84 days)