Words and Photos: Kate Warren of GoKateShoot
Very few people go to concerts and listen to the music with their eyes closed the entire time. Well, some do, but those people stand in the back and generally come off as creepers. And while not every band has a wicked-awesome laser set-up, all of what you see during a show contributes to how you experience the music. To get to know some of the bands BYT will feature as part of the upcoming DC Emerging Artists Super Sampler, Vol. 1 on April 6, I went into the wilds of the outermost reaches of the DMV to photograph the visual identity of the bands in a series of wacky and wildly diverse portraits set in their houses, studios, and practice spaces. WEEK ONE we brought you the style behind Black Hills, Drop Electric and Beyond Modern. WEEK TWO we visited Reesa Renee, Kid Named Breezy, Locke Kaushal, and Shark Week. This is the third and final installment of our Emerging Artists fashion adventures before Saturday’s show and we hope you love it. We will see you there; stay stylish…
Incwell is not a politically correct crew. Don’t take that the wrong way – this 14/15 piece band (depending on who you ask) is as liberal, accepting, and diverse as they come, but they certainly aren’t shy about their opinions. That makes for an incredibly energetic social and musical situation, as I quickly found out while attending their band practice to shoot with them for the feature. Though they don’t tend to express the band’s identity through their style, the variety and diversity of members and the music they cover (hip hop cover of Sam Sparro’s Black and GoldI? Yes please!) tell a larger story about what’s important to the group. And if the show they put on on Saturday is as funky and fun as their rehearsal, you better put some dancing shoes on.
RA the MC
RA showed up 100% ready, a statement that transcends our shoot to encompass her whole music career. I arrived for our late night photo session at House Studios, and she was dressed to the nines, had a vintage boombox, and all of her favorite records on hand; RA had arrived. And whoooooo boy, what an arrival! She knew what I meant when I asked about visual identity – from her hot pink makeup and gold glasses to her pompadour coif and sick kicks, her statement was loud and I loved it. Since she was so blunt, friendly, and to the point, I opted to shoot really clean, dramatically lit portraits with a little alleyway grit to them, and we stepped outside the studio for our 25 minute shoot. Her style creates an awesome tension of feminine and masculine details, all while remaining inherently her own.
The Static can promise several things: glam-rock boy style, the possibility of wearing white tights that will be see-through by the end of the show, python boots, and the ability to make you dance your ass off to their brand of dance rock whether you want to or not. In going to their studio in Greenbelt to shoot the photos, I had the pleasure of experiencing almost all of those (though I would be breaking the photographer/band code of honor if I told you which), along with some pretty effing awesome music. Self-proclaimed as more than a little vain, they dressed the part, gave me my own private show, and were down to do basically whatever I asked. Finally, here was the band about whose style I’d been fantasizing this whole project: there is little doubt that one or more band members own leather pants! They appreciate that the visual identity of a band is part of the full experience, and frontman Joe Mach projects a neuvo-Freddie Mercury style and energy that’s hard not to love. The rest of the band doesn’t waste time either – from tattoos to leather jackets, curly mops of perfect rocker hair and some serious hair flipping from Scott behind drums, the band oozes classic rock style with a glamo twist, and I loved every minute.
On April 6th, 2013 @ 8pm
BYT & The Hamilton Present:
The DC Emerging Artists Super Sampler
Tickets on sale now:
So, inspired by our 25 DMV ARTISTS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR IN 2013 Feature, we decided to get a bunch of our favorite local acts to play a few of their best songs at one big massive show. Sort of like a non-sucky battle of the bands where everybody wins. Doing it at a swanky place like The Hamilton felt right.
The Hamilton Live
600 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005
Get your local love fest on with:
No, really, that’s:
That’s like $240 worth of live music for only $20
On sale now at:
Or $22 if you wait until the day of.
But we expect to sell out before then.
PS. This is an all ages event!