An exploration of the intersection of musical & visual style.
Concert photography, interviews, and much more.

Local Natives, Backstage at LouFest 2013
Shot for my good friends at JH Audio.

Local Natives, Backstage at LouFest 2013

Shot for my good friends at JH Audio.

Preview: Ghost BC at The Pageant, 4.20.14
It’s very, very fun to take photos of Papa Emeritus II. More to come.
Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Preview: Ghost BC at The Pageant, 4.20.14

It’s very, very fun to take photos of Papa Emeritus II. More to come.

Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at The Pageant, 3.2.2014

In a word? Astounding.

Go see Sharon Jones – and the Dap Kings – as soon as you can.

It’d be a polo sweater. Like a v-neck short-sleeved sweater. It was white, but I’d dye it a ruby red color. Then I’d get some Guess jeans and dye them ruby red too. And then some Tretorns. Like the Tretorn sneakers? I’d dye them all red. That’d be my Raspberry Surprise.
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Big Boi from Outkast, giving an example of an outfit he used to wear in high school that would involve DIY dyeing.  (via putthison)

Style.

Phantogram at The Pageant, 4.8.2014

Strobe lights and haze made for a challenging (but rewarding) shoot at Phantogram’s stop at The Pageant last week. There were other elements that couldn’t be captured in-camera, like synchronized lighting patterns and Sarah’s fond remembrance of the duo’s first St. Louis stop at the Firebird (née Bluebird) club. Those are some bonafides, ladies and gentlemen.

Don’t miss our interview with Sarah Barthel here.

Preview: Phantogram at The Pageant, 4.8.2014
Lots of strobes at this one — more photos to come. Fun note – this one was edited in Lightroom for iPad.

Preview: Phantogram at The Pageant, 4.8.2014

Lots of strobes at this one — more photos to come. Fun note – this one was edited in Lightroom for iPad.

Phantogram — An Encor.es Interview

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If you happened to attend LouFest 2012, chances are good you were drawn to Phantogram’s set on Saturday night — it was electric, and one of the best performances of the weekend. If, however, you missed that set, you’re in luck. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are playing at The Pageant on April 8th (buy tickets here) and if past experience is any indication, it’ll be a great show.

We caught up with Sarah to chat about Phantogram’s strong visual sense and their approach to creating memorable experiences. Also, kittens.


Hi Sarah, thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for Encor.es!

It’s clear that you and Josh has a lot of visual influences — you’ve said movies and other visual arts are big touchstones for your music. Are there specific ways in which visual art helps you create new music?

Absolutely! It’s the main component to our song writing and production (other than sound). We work on a very deep level with connecting sounds to visuals.
It usually comes from a specific emotion, and we create a visual element from there. The best way to describe our process is day/night dreaming. We come up with little movies in our heads during the beginning stages of a song, and from there, we add both storyboard and sound at the same time. They work hand in hand.

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Of Montreal at The Ready Room, 4.2.2014
Christening the brand-new Ready Room with style and spandex to spare, Of Montreal (theviolenceofhandcrafteddolls on Tumblr) put on one heck of a show last night. More photos to come.
Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Of Montreal at The Ready Room, 4.2.2014

Christening the brand-new Ready Room with style and spandex to spare, Of Montreal (theviolenceofhandcrafteddolls on Tumblr) put on one heck of a show last night. More photos to come.

Shot for The Riverfront Times.

Preview: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at The Pageant, 3.2.2014
What a performer — even cancer won’t keep Sharon Jones down.
Shot for Eleven Magazine

Preview: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at The Pageant, 3.2.2014

What a performer — even cancer won’t keep Sharon Jones down.

Shot for Eleven Magazine