At Home With Steve Lamacq

At Home With Steve Lamacq

Here’s a fun feature I shot at home with Steve Lamacq for Long Live Vinyl magazine. What a lovely, down-to-earth chap! We had a good chat and he showed me around some of his collection including his rare Manic Street Preachers goodies (which was an unexpected treat for this Blackwood girl) and the ever growing pile of album demos that get sent to him daily. I wonder if he’s reached the bottom of the pile yet…  

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Nalle Colt – Vintage Trouble

Nalle Colt – Vintage Trouble

Rolling my camera bag along the clanging metal walkways of the dark, half underground service entrance to a Bristol superclub, I thought this was such an unusual venue for an LA based rhythm and blues band. Inside the floor was sticky, the air was hazy and Vintage Trouble were on stage sound checking something dirty & soulful. I knew this would be a good shoot! Nalle Colt was so gracious with his time – take a look at the full interview in Guitar Magazine. It’s a really interesting piece about how he approached his songwriting while quite literally stranded on an island with only two guitars and amps. Thankfully he’s able to bring a bit more gear on tour so we also shot his Gretsch Duo Jet custom built by Stephen Stern – that was fun to see having not long visited Stephen in the Gretsch Custom Shop myself. The gig was amazing, the band’s energy is intense! Nalle was an absolute professional and a pleasure to photograph… of course, those Scandinavian cheekbones are so easy to light!  

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Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers

Check out the latest issue of The Guitar Magazine for more of my fifteen minutes with Phoebe Bridgers in a sticky bar booth somewhere in the depths of Bristol Thekla. If you’re not sure who she is yet, take a look at this video for Motion Sickness – the post-sunset, blue-hour light as she rides the scooter through Los Angeles is just perfect.  

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Martin Guitar Factory – Nazareth, PA

Martin Guitar Factory – Nazareth, PA

In late January I flew out of a torrential rainstorm in Los Angeles (a year’s worth of rain fell in one weekend) to the bitter chill of New York City. This was not a trip for taking in the weather! I was picked up at the airport and driven through the flat farmland of Amish country to the town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. I’d come to shoot a special edition publication called The Martin Bible – a comprehensive guide to Martin Guitars and their history – and was especially excited as I love a factory tour.   The Martin Factory We started the day with a private tour of the Martin Factory at Sycamore Street, a huge facility with a red brick facade that recreates the original historic factory. We met the craftsmen and women who took us through some of the 300 stages it takes to build a Martin guitar. The factory is bright and airy with the expected, homely smell of freshly worked wood. I always enjoy seeing the personal areas of the workshop; the photos and nick-nacks, the worn-in tool handles, the wood shavings and glossy splodges of dried glue and varnish on the workbenches.     The…

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Joe Kelly at Monnow Valley Studio

Joe Kelly at Monnow Valley Studio

I love to be behind the scenes in the recording studio. In fact, I’m at my most zen when wearing ear defenders! This day was spent hanging out with Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy (who my man is currently playing guitar with) as they recorded lots of twangy Americana behind the huge iconic glass doors at Monnow Valley Studio with producer Huw Price. It’s a quirky place with a homely vibe, a cosy fairy-light cocoon for your creativity. Joe is a prolific songwriter who seems to come up with five new songs every time he sits down, they just fall out of him! Is your band recording at Monnow Valley Studio or nearby Rockfield? Get in touch and let’s capture some vibe-y shots for your record sleeve!  

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