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Canaan Smith

Detroit, Michigan (November 17, 2017) – Today was a huge day for country music lovers in Detroit, Michigan. Canaan Smith not only made an appearance during the afternoon at MusicTown in Detroit, Michigan; he also performed for hundreds of fans later that night at Coyote Joe’s in Shelby Township, Michigan.

Canaan Smith @ MusicTown, Detroit, MI
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Canaan Smith Meet & Greet @ MusicTown, Detroit, MI
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Canaan Smith @ Coyote Joe’s, Shelby Twp, MI
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“Ask anyone what makes country music unique, and they’ll likely answer it’s the storytelling. For generations, country artists have illuminated the human condition in songs that share life’s tragedies and triumphs while exploring love, loss and the full range of life experiences. It’s a noble calling and one that Canaan Smith passionately embraces on his Mercury Nashville debut album Bronco.

As a result, listeners are passionately embracing Canaan’s talent. Rolling Stone raves, “if you haven’t heard of Canaan Smith yet, chances are you will be hearing quite a bit of him…overall, we feel the singer-songwriter is one of the sharper artists to keep an eye on.” With wisdom beyond his young years, Smith has emerged as one of Nashville’s most compelling storytellers. Whether painting a steamy portrait of a burgeoning relationship in the hit single “Love You Like That” or honoring the memory of his brother in the powerful title track, Smith knows how to draw listeners into his world. “Bronco” is a prime example.

When he was only 11, Smith lost his 16-year-old brother in a car accident. “It was important to me that I write that story,” he says of the song he co-wrote with Scooter Carusoe. “I always wanted to write something that would honor my brother, but I didn’t know it would be in the form of his car. I had no idea the Ford Bronco that he drove would stick with me all of these years, but it has. When I think about him, that’s the first thing I see.” And he’s learned that even the most personal experiences can strike a universal chord with an audience. “At first it was hard for me to sing, I would tear up in the middle of a show trying to sing it,” he says of “Bronco.” “Then I realized it’s not just my story. Every night the room is full of people that have been through loss. It’s actually pretty cool to transition from it just being my story to hopefully being a story that people can find hope in, and a little peace. That’s what I tell them. Before the song I say, ‘Now if you’ve gone through loss, if you’ve gone through something like this, maybe for the next three and a half minutes you’ll find a little bit of peace. I hope this song will do for you what it has for me.’”

Smith has seen firsthand the impact his music has on fans as he’s toured extensively with Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line. “Love You Like That” has proven to be a fan favorite as it hit #1 on the radio charts in the Summer of 2015 and continues to garner extensive airplay and has become one of the best-selling singles of 2015, selling more than 750,000 tracks. “We started thinking about cool metaphors like the flow of the Mississippi,” Smith says recalling his co-writing session with Brett and Jim Beavers. “That river moves pretty damn slow, and we thought that’d be a sexy line to talk about loving somebody that slowly. It was one of those moments where you’re going for it, reaching, digging as deep as we could for metaphors and at the end of the day we had no idea this would be a hit single. You just never know, but it definitely felt special in the moment.”

Canaan is rapidly climbing the charts again with his follow up to his first #1, the party anthem “Hole In A Bottle”. “That song sets the tone with the fans every night. It lets them know we are there to tear it up right along with them.” Smith’s gifts as a storyteller have earned the respect of his peers and his songs have been recorded by Love & Theft, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean, among others. Love & Theft took “Runaway” to the top ten on the charts and Aldean puts his unique stamp on “Black Tears,” a song Smith co-wrote with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. “Whenever I show up to write a song, it could be either for me or somebody else,” he says. “I feel like 95% of the songs that I’m writing on a daily basis I can see myself doing, but obviously I’m not going to have 100 songs on an album, so I have no problem pitching them to other artists.”

A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Smith grew up listening to a variety of music from George Strait to Rage Against the Machine. He knew early on that he wanted to make music for a living. “It’s just what I love. I can’t see myself doing anything else,” he says. “My dad was a rock singer. He was in a band and I would go to his rehearsals and shows, and I just saw a life that I wanted in music. It’s what God put me here to do.” Possessing a smooth, evocative voice, Smith could have pursued success in any genre of music, but was always drawn to country. “It’s all about the stories,” Smith says. “You can listen to a country song and it will raise the hair on your arms. I’m a people person and I love being able to connect with people so it makes the most sense for me to be able to tell my stories and connect with people via country music. I want them to find a piece of themselves in the music. I want them to be moved by it. I want it to hurt. I want it to celebrate. I want them to feel like they can take on the world.”

Smith began pursuing his musical dream at an early age. He was only in the sixth grade when he formed a band with his two best friends and they remained together through their senior year of high school, writing, recording and performing. And long before anyone had ever heard of Kickstarter, Smith and his band raised money to record their first album by selling advance copies to their friends at school. “We played music and wrote our own songs for six years. I really got a crash course at a young age in what it means to be in a band and to be a traveling act. Our parents would drive us around until we could drive ourselves. I’m so thankful that I got to do that because you learn to hone your craft. It was great finding a sense of community that encourages you to do what you are passionate about and can do it with you; to have that at a young age was great.” He eventually moved to Nashville and enrolled at Belmont University while honing his performing skills playing in clubs around Music City. His hard work paid off when he landed a publishing deal followed by a record deal with Mercury Nashville.

His debut album spotlights Smith’s versatility as a performer as well as his zest for life. As a once reluctant reality show contestant, the young artist has traveled to Dubai, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia. His songwriting is informed by his adventurous spirit and keen observational skills, but it’s his willingness to be vulnerable in sharing his trials as openly as his triumphs that makes him so relatable. Though the album has its share of poignant, thought-provoking songs, there are also rowdy, in-your-face anthems that celebrate life’s lighter moments. Working with producers Brett Beavers, Jimmy Robbins and Ryan Tyndell, Smith has crafted a well-rounded album that takes the listener on a riveting emotional ride. “American Muscle,” penned by Smith, Tyndell, Beavers and Dan Couch, is an edgy number with a kick ass lyric and infectious groove. “I just the love the message from start to finish,” Smith says of the song which celebrates the working man, fast cars and rockin’ music. “I’ve seen the way the crowd goes nuts when they hear it. When we play it on stage we feel high as a kite just because it’s such a high-energy song. It has so much power behind it.” Another stand out track is “Mad Love.” “I love that song so much,” Smith enthuses. “I’ve heard people say, ‘Man I’ve got mad respect for you’ or ‘Man, I’ve got mad respect for this or that.’ And I started thinking that’d be pretty cool to write a song that talks about mad love for somebody, and not just meaning that you love them to pieces, but that you love them so much that they make you mad. They rub you wrong sometimes. They push your buttons. It makes me think of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash; they had a real fire for each other. If anybody had mad love it was them.”

Whether chronicling a complex relationship, celebrating the power of hard work or exploring the loss of a loved one, Canaan Smith has a gift for telling stories. He is carrying on Country Music’s most beloved tradition and adding to the narrative that has become the soundtrack of American life. “I made a promise to myself, no matter how far we go musically, or what boundaries we push, to just tell stories and be honest in the lyrics, and to get to the root of Country Music,” Smith states. “The songs that have resonated with people the most are just the ones that tell true, honest stories that people can relate to. There’s a place for songs about hot girls and all that stuff, and I have a few of those too, but as we push farther and farther, I always want to check myself and make sure that what I’m doing is rooted in truth and honesty. I think that is what will last.””
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If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty

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First album I ever owned: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

My first concert was: Aerosmith at the Allen Park Civic Area in the early 70’s (real early 70’s)

The last concert I attended was: Joe Bonamassa at the Fox

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Woodstock without a doubt.

Favorite non-photography activity: I love to travel and meet interesting people

The first concert I photographed was: Eddie Money at Pine Knob…………Yes I’m that old !!

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Altamont Speedway Free Festival in 1969. What really happened there?

The first concert I reviewed was: Foreigner 40

My favorite interview was: Kelly Hansen

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? George Washington

The last movie I saw was: Insurgent

My favorite book is: The Last Calling

My favorite TV show is: The Voice. Its music-based and entertaining!

My favorite food is: Pizza. There is nothing else!

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Milk, leftovers, cheese, juices and vegetables

My favorite non-musical activity: Photographing Light Houses and working towards their preservation.

My most treasured possession is: My family. Material things can be replaced, family is forever!

My biggest phobia is: Drowning. I get goosebumps just saying that word.

My biggest pet peeve is: Procrastination

My favorite place in the world is: The mountains in the Pacific Northwest

My dream car is: Ferrari 250 GTO

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My first concert was: Stevie Ray Vaugh at the Capital Theater in Passaic, NJ

The last concert I attended was: Gasparilla Music Festival featuring The Roots

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Pantera

Favorite non-photography activity? Going to concerts

What was the first concert you photographed? Candlebox

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Stevie Ray Vaugh Alpine Valley Music Theater 1990 – his last concert

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Reading

The last movie I saw was: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

My favorite website is: Instagram

My favorite food is: A ribeye

My most treasured possession is: My daughters and my cameras

My biggest pet peeve is: Driving too slow in the left lane

My favorite place in the world is: In the pit at the front of the stage.

My dream car is: Ford Mustang

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I look nowhere near my age.

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Listening to music and discovering new bands

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I try to capture as much energy and emotion from the event I can. I want my photos to make you feel like you were there, and know what there felt like.

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My first concert was: Pink Floyd

The last concert I attended was: Black Label Society

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Woodstock

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What was the first concert you photographed? Motograter

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Jimi Hendrix, anywhere.

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What was the first concert you reviewed? Motograter, it was never published

What was your favorite interview? Not many interviews yet, but chatting about music with Tyler Connely from Theory was cool!

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Jimi Hendrix

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The last movie I saw was: Star Wars Episode 8

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Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Diet Mt. Dew, Gatorade, Eggs, Cheese, and something that is going bad.

My favorite non-musical activity: Relaxing

My most treasured possession is: My Family

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My biggest pet peeve is: People Chewing Loudly

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My dream car is: Dodge Hellcat

My hidden talents are: I am a fine artist

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I am a great cook!

My crush is: My Wife, of course!

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Guilty Pleasures: collecting vinyl

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Guilty Pleasures: Collecting vinyl

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My first concert was: Billy Idol

The last concert I attended was: Future Thieves

What was the first concert you photographed? Bald Eagle Mountain and Two Cow Garage

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Volunteering at an animal shelter

What was the first concert you reviewed? The Weeks

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Tom Delonge

My most treasured possession is: My Nikon

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I enjoy alone time, photography, belly laughs, and my family

I work: Museum professional by day, photographer by night

I enjoy: alone time, photography, belly laughs, and my family

Goals/Dreams: Owning my own photography business, owning a Tiny House on some land and eventually traveling as much as my schedule will allow.

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Splice (Bucket) List: Margo Price, Nikki Lane, Lukas Nelson

Guilty Pleasures: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Craft Brews (especially stouts) and my favorite photography magazine.

My first concert was: The Judds

The last concert I attended was: The Banditos

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: The Bee Gees on their Spirits Having Flown tour

Favorite non-photography activity? Reading

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My favorite book is: Summer Sisters

My favorite food is: Mexican

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Eggs, Duke’s Mayo, Raw Milk, Berries, Cream Cheese

My most treasured possession is: My family photos

My favorite place in the world is: Grant Teton National Park

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Napping. Being a mom and a full-time professional can be tiring.

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I enjoy music, video games, satire, philosophy

I work: Freelance photography (specialized in commercial, promotional, and events), I also do retouching and editing services.

I enjoy: Music, video games, satire, philosophy

Goals/Dreams: Be famous

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Passion for promoting not only big-time artists, but local musicians as well

Splice (Bucket) List: Janelle Monae, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, and either Montebello Rockfest, Heavy MTL or Osheaga at least one

Guilty Pleasures: Sweet foods

The first album I ever owned was: Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness

My first concert was: Sheryl Crow

The last concert I attended was: Amos the Transparent

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson

Favorite non-photography activity? Reading / Video games

What was the first concert you photographed? Local Battle of the Bands

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Michael Jackson, or Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance

What was the first concert you reviewed? Psycroptic

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Janelle Monae

The last movie I saw was: Panic Room

My favorite book is: Symbolic Economy

My favorite TV show is: The Office

My favorite website is: Adrienne Row – Smith Photography

My favorite food is: Strawberries

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Sriracha Hot Sauce, Strawberries, Yogurt, chicken

My favorite non-musical activity: watching movies

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My favorite place in the world is: my bed

My dream car is: Tesla Model 3

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When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Reading philosophy books, or planning out my next personal photography project.

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I enjoy: Attending concerts, anything and everything spooky, going on hikes, and my camera.

Goals/Dreams: As of now, my goal is to graduate school and get a job in the music industry working as a tour manager or publicist.

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I believe I can bring not only my unique eye for photography and creative ideas, but also my forever growing knowledge in public relation and social media.

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Guilty Pleasures: My biggest guilty pleasures are naps and Red Bull. They don’t go together at all, but I couldn’t get through a day without either.

The first album I ever owned was: All Time Low

My first concert was: John Mayer

The last concert I attended was: Warped Tour 2018

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Spice Girls

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My favorite food is: Sushi

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My most treasured possession is: Camera

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My biggest pet peeve is: Loud chewing

My favorite place in the world is: Chicago

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Honestly you can find me at more concerts. Even if I’m not working, I’m still there. Concerts have such an atmosphere that I absolutely love to be in. I can never get enough.

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Goals/Dreams: Travel the world with my camera and music then eventually settling down with a home by the ocean. A simple dream, but that's good enough for me.

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I enjoy: Music (playing and listening), Hockey, Baseball, Video Games, traveling when I can afford it.

Goals/Dreams: Travel the world with my camera and music then eventually settling down with a home by the ocean. A simple dream, but that’s good enough for me.

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Splice (Bucket) List: The Wonder Years, Sum 41,

The first album I ever owned was: Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

My first concert was: Green Day with New Found Glory and Sugarcult

The last concert I attended was: The Get Free Tour with Silverstein, Tonight Alive, Broadside & Picturesque

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Any Blink-182 concert with Tom during the Take Off Your Pants & Jacket era.

Favorite non-photography activity? Trying to play hockey haha. I just started a couple years ago.

What was the first concert you photographed? I honestly can’t remember it was so long ago.

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? The Green Day Blink-182 Tour

What was your favorite interview? I only filmed it, but Ian Cole from the Columbus Blue Jackets was an awesome interview.

The last movie I saw was: Ready Player One

My favorite TV show is: Scrubs

My favorite non-musical activity: Video Games

My most treasured possession is: My camera

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Filming and photographing hockey games

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Guilty Pleasures: eating fruit bowls at 3 am while watching 90's movies

I work: At Starbucks

I enjoy: Going to concerts

Goals/Dreams: I hope to become a tour photographer

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I love all kinds of music

Splice (Bucket) List: To shoot a music festival (preferably pop, rap, hip-hop, R&B type, really upbeat)

Guilty Pleasures: eating fruit bowls at 3 am while watching 90’s movies

My first concert was: Jason Michael Carroll when I was 6 years old and it was an interesting experience.

The last concert I attended was: Harry Hudson

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson or Hannah Montana when I was between the ages of 6-11

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Machine Gun Kelly currently or Woodstock

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Brendon Urie

My favorite book is: This is Where it Ends

My favorite TV show is: The Office

My favorite website is: https://annatollstam.wixsite.com/annatollstamart

My favorite food is: Avocados or bananas

My most treasured possession is: My camera

My biggest phobia is: Bugs with many legs

My biggest pet peeve is: Rude people

My favorite place in the world is: Chicago

My dream car is: Tesla

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Working or school

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My goal is to produce high-end music promotions with photo and video

I work: as a professional commercial, fine art, and entertainment photographer

I enjoy: Music, Art, Fashion, Traveling, Vegan Food

Goals/Dreams: To produce high-end music promotions with photo and video.

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Many years of experience photographing bands of all types.

Splice (Bucket) List: Guns & Roses, Depeche Mode, Metallica, Bjork

Guilty Pleasures: Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Morrissey

The first album I ever owned was: Run DMC Raising Hell

My first concert was: Red Hot Chili Peppers Live at VCU Shafer Court

The last concert I attended was: American Nightmare

Favorite non-photography activity? Drawing

What was the first concert you photographed? First major band was AFI in Charleston South Carolina

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Woodstock

What was the first concert you reviewed? Morrissey Live at Red Rocks, Morrison Colorado

What was your favorite interview? Gwar during GwarBQ

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Morrissey

The last movie I saw was: Three Billboards

My favorite TV show is: Wild’n Out

My favorite food is: Vegan “Chickn”

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Almond Milk, Hot Sauce, Tofu, Veg Chickn, Sunkist Grape

My favorite non-musical activity: Riding Motorcycles

My most treasured possession is: my photo equipment

My biggest phobia is: drowning

My biggest pet peeve is: personal space

My favorite place in the world is: Hawaii

My dream car is: Electric VW Bus

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I’m 6 foot 4 inches tall with a lot of tattoos

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Photographing conceptual fine art

last updated: 03/2018

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Ron Claus

My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

I work: The week as an Engineer; My free time as a Photographer

I enjoy: Being around people and having lots of fun! Part is spending time with my family, but I really enjoy discovering music, traveling and being outdoors.

Goals/Dreams: My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
The WOW factor. I want Splice’s audience to have the experience as if they were at the concert themselves through my lens.

Splice (Bucket) List: Oh my, such a long list here, but I’ll keep it short: Rolling Stones, Metallica, Alice In Chains, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Mark Lanegan, Red Wanting Blue

Guilty Pleasures: Going to the movies with a large bucket of buttered popcorn

The last concert I attended was: Joe Satriani G3 Tour 2018 at the Hard Rock Rocksino

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Sex Pistols, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Chuck Berry

Favorite non-photography activity? Aside from my family, I really enjoy attending motorsport events, airshows and hot rod cruise nights during the summer. Camera in hand of course!

What was the first concert you photographed? The Reverend Horton Heat was my first time photographing a concert

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Tough question, as I wish I could have photographed both Soundgarden & Nirvana

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Kristen Derr

My first concert was New Kids on the Block when I was 8

I work: software developer and photographer

I enjoy: traveling, sewing, cats, and snakes

Goals/Dreams: Travel as much as possible

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Concert photos from large venues and smaller clubs!

Splice (Bucket) List: Thursday, Circa Survive, Jawbreaker, Finch (if they ever get back together…)

Guilty Pleasures: reading advice columns

The first album I ever owned was: The Offspring- Smash

My first concert was: New Kids on the Block when I was 8

The last concert I attended was: Pianos Become the Teeth

Favorite non-photography activity? Creating anything! I draw, build things, and design and make most of my own clothes.

What was the first concert you photographed? My friends Jonathan Monument

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? I’ll always regret not getting into concert photography until after Finch broke up.

My most treasured possession is: My picture collection, going all the way back to my 35mm film camera from the 90s.

My biggest pet peeve is: When people drive slowly down the on-ramp and stop at the bottom. The ramp is there for you to speed up, not slow down.

My favorite place in the world is: New Orleans

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Temma Hankin

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

I work: In the entertainment industry

I enjoy: Spending quality time with my dog.

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Photography

Splice (Bucket) List: Andrew W.K., Chromeo, Jungle, Missy Elliott, Die Antwoord, and if you’ve got a time machine handy, David Bowie.

Guilty Pleasures: Singing songs to my dog/re-writing songs to be about my dog and then singing them to him.

The first album I ever owned was: I had a box full of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Chipmunks cassettes. I’m sure that my parents heard “Heal the World” far more times than they ever wanted to.

My first concert was: Weird Al Yankovic

The last concert I attended was: Gramatik

My favorite book is: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Hot sauce, champagne, eggs, tofu, and garlic.

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I used to drive a Cadillac hearse.

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Daniella Heminghaus

Goals/Dreams: to own a home within walking distance of the beach

I work: as a photographer

I enjoy: all types of food

Goals/Dreams: to own a home within walking distance of the beach

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
covering up-and-coming bands

Splice (Bucket) List: Thursday, The Gaslight Anthem, Foo Fighters, and Noname

Guilty Pleasures: coffee

The first album I ever owned was: The Gaslight Anthem’s “The ’59 Sound”

My first concert was: Against Me!’s New Wave tour

The last concert I attended was: Sorority Noise at First Unitarian

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: a Fugazi / P-Funk show in DC

Favorite non-photography activity? reading

What was the first concert you photographed? Officially— The Bouncing Souls “Home For The Holidays” show at The Pony

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? any year of the revival tour would be cool

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Allison Souchuck

I enjoy collecting vinyl records and exploring abandoned buildings

I work: As a Police Officer.

I enjoy: collecting vinyl records and exploring abandoned buildings

Splice (Bucket) List: PVRIS, Taking Back Sunday, AFI, Senses Fail, PINK, Halsey, The 1975

Guilty Pleasures: trying new craft beers

My first concert was: Backstreet Boys

The last few concerts I’ve attended are: Real Friends with Boston Manor and Grayscale, Warped Tour x2, AFI, Paramore

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson

What is your favorite TV show? The Office, Chopped, Bob’s Burgers

What was the first concert you photographed? Warped Tour

My favorite food is: Cookie Dough

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Beer, cheese, pickles, milk, cookie dough

My favorite place in the world is: Las Vegas

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? working or traveling

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Allison Heimberger

my favorite non-musical activity: napping

I work: as a Lifeguard

I enjoy: Listening to music, playing my instruments, taking photos, and learning biology

Goals/Dreams: to become a doctor and/or become a professional musician

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
I capture live, energetic photos that are very in the moment and not posed or staged; strictly pure emotion

Splice (Bucket) List: The Happy Fits, Glass Animals, Hippo Campus, Freya, 3OH!3, Owl City, and Toto

Guilty Pleasures: Re-watching every season of The Office over and over

The first album I ever owned was: Led Zeppelin IV

My first concert was: Panic! At The Disco

The last concert I attended was: The Happy Fits

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Led Zeppelin

Favorite non-photography activity? Biology

What was the first concert you photographed? The Happy Fits

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Definitely any classic rock band

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Creating art of loved ones

What was the first concert you reviewed? The Happy Fits

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Hobo Johnson

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Natalia Dyer

The last movie I saw was: Super Dark Times

My favorite book is: Psycho

My favorite TV show is: The Office, Bobs Burgers, and Trailer Park Boys

My favorite website is: Facebook

My favorite food is: Pasta or ramen

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Pasta, pizza, peach tea, cheeses, fruit

My favorite non-musical activity: napping

My most treasured possession is: My instruments

My biggest phobia is: The dark

My biggest pet peeve is: Rude people

My favorite place in the world is: New York

My dream car is: G wagon

My hidden talents are: Being able to hear a popular song and tell you what movies from the early 2000’s they were in

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I can read peoples emotions really well

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Practicing all of my instruments – flute, piccolo, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, and the ukulele. I also really enjoy painting watercolor portraits.

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