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Daniel Castro

I work: as a freelance photographer/2nd camera assistant/video editor

I enjoy: music, movies and photographing live music

Goals/Dreams: be touring with bands documenting in video/photo, live out of music photography

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
a lot of energy from doing what I most love

Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters is on the top of the list, Nine Inch Nails, Tool

Guilty Pleasures: Taylor Swift and electronic pop music

The first album I ever owned was: Flyleaf debut album

My first concert was: Project 86 at the Soma San Diego side stage

The last concert I attended was: Paramore/Foster The People

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Beastie Boys on their golden years

Favorite non-photography activity? go to the movies, sometimes just do nothing but hear music or watching tutorials

What was the first concert you photographed? La Vida Boheme at the House of Blues in Anaheim

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? The L.A. Rising concert with Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Rise Against and other bands

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Netflix?

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

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Yordi Rosado

The last movie I saw was: Tag!

My favorite book is: The Night of Tlatlelolco

My favorite TV show is: Scrubs

My favorite website is: Netflix

My favorite food is: Lasagna

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Milk, cheese, eggs, vegetables and cold water

My favorite non-musical activity: bicycling

My most treasured possession is: a Stan Lee photograph that he signed

My biggest phobia is: drowning

My biggest pet peeve is: Cats biting me

My favorite place in the world is: Yosemite

My dream car is: Honda Fit Fun

My hidden talents are: I’m very good at reading body language

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I don’t talk at first, then I just won’t stop talking

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? editing videos, working on video productions in the camera department

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Mary Elliott

If you don’t know me in person, you’d be shocked to see that I am over 6’ tall

I work: I own Splice Media Group

I enjoy: photography!

Goals/Dreams: To be the next Rolling Stone!

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
My photography style is candid. I don’t necessarily like to pose people; I much prefer the raw beauty that I can capture when the subject isn’t paying any attention to me.

Splice (Bucket) List: Adele, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Guns n Roses, Kiss, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard, Journey, Foreigner (again), Bob Seger, Ann Wilson (again), James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Montgomery [Gentry], Little Big Town, Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, Greta Van Fleet, Ozzy Osbourne …. I could go on all day!

Guilty Pleasures: The Oak Ridge Boys, Statler Brothers, Jimmy Fortune, Cristy Lane, Couponing, Dr. Phil, Smoked oysters, Steak with Blue Cheese Crumbles, Chewy Brownies …

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty

My favorite TV show is: This is Us

Favorite food: Steak

My dream car is: Cherry Red Jeep Wrangler

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is: If you don’t know me in person, you’d be shocked to see that I am over 6’ tall. I have Bell’s Palsy.

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Spending time with friends and family. Flying my stunt kite. Doing something crafty. Enjoying the outdoors.

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John Swider

Goals/Dreams: To be a tour photographer with a national touring band for a year

I work: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., John Swider Photography & Lifestyle Photography by Bev

I enjoy: Hanging out with good people and really good food!!!

Goals/Dreams: To be a tour photographer with a national touring band for a year

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique:
Able to capture the energy and raw emotion of a live show and portray it thru my camera.

Splice (Bucket) List: The Eagles, Bruno Mars, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters and too many more to list!

Guilty Pleasures: Sampling and collecting high-end bourbons.

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

My hidden talents are: That I love to cook!

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is: That I am a photographer! That seems to blow people away when I tell them.

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Mark Matson

Passion, persistence, and patience...all in the name of creating that feeling of a show for those that couldn’t get there.

I work: as a technician

I enjoy: Getting that perfect shot a concert

Goals/Dreams: To travel the world shooting concerts for artists

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Passion, persistence, and patience…all in the name of creating that feeling of a show for those that couldn’t get there.

Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters, Shinedown, Seether, Queens of the Stoneage, John Mayer, Pink

Guilty Pleasures: Playing guitar

The first album I ever owned was: ELO – Out of the Blue

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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Allen Heimberger

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.

I work: As a Graphic Artist/Designer

I enjoy: Music, Art, Cold Beer

Goals/Dreams: To be a great Concert Photographer, and maybe win the Lottery!

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

Splice (Bucket) List: KISS, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Volbeat, Zakk Wylde, Rob Zombie, Sturgill Simpson, and more…

The first album I ever owned was: K-Tel various artists. It had Beth by KISS on it. I couldn’t buy just a KISS album, so I snuck this one past my parents.

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

Favorite non-photography activity? Listening to Music

What was the first concert you photographed? Motograter

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

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Talking

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

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Michael Anthony Hall

The last movie I saw was: Star Wars Episode 8

My favorite book is: Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

My favorite TV show is: Ash vs. Evil Dead

My favorite website is: Drudgereport.com

My favorite food is: Pizza

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

My biggest phobia is: Failing

My biggest pet peeve is: People Chewing Loudly

My favorite place in the world is: Wherever I am at the time, by New York City is pretty cool!

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!

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Either DJing a party, or relaxing with a beer.

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Cheyenne Comerford

I like to take photos that make people see things in a way that they might normally not

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I would like to be a touring photographer. I enjoy music, riding horses, playing guitar, and rollerblading.

Splice (Bucket) List: Pretty much any Rock artist. It’s what I grew up listening to and what I’ll always love.

The first album I ever owned was: Fallen – Evanescence

My first concert was: Goo Goo Dolls

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Van Halen in their prime.

Locations

Michigan Canada

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Kate Sumbler

My favorite non-writing activity is: volunteering at an animal shelter

I work: At a digital marketing agency supporting a Big Three automaker’s global websites.

I enjoy: Officiating women’s flat track roller derby. I’ve been a non-skating official with Detroit Roller Derby for 6+ years.

Goals/Dreams: My biggest dream is to be able to travel the world. Europe, Asia, Australia, South America…

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique:
I have pretty eclectic taste in music, so I feel like I bring an open-mindedness to the table. I’m willing to give just about anything a listen to see if I like it!

Splice (Bucket) List: The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Guns n’ Roses, Mickey Avalon, Marillion (done!), Jack White, Eminem, George Clinton/P-Funk, McCartney, any Motown artist…

Guilty Pleasures: Being somewhat of a foodie, I’m almost embarrassed to admit my fondness for Kraft Mac n’ Cheese & Pizza Rolls!

First album I ever owned: Do I have to admit this? The soundtrack to “Grease”

My first concert was: My very first would have been Frank Zappa & the Mothers, my hippie parents took me as a kid. The first show of my choosing was my favorite band, The Rolling Stones, in Detroit 1981. I’ve seen them 10 times now, every time they’ve come to Michigan!

The last few concerts I’ve attended are: Marilyn Manson (4x), Beck, The Pixies, John 5, Wednesday 13, Nine Inch Nails, Jonathan Davis, L7

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Toss up between Ziggy-era Bowie or The Stones circa 1972 or 1975.

Favorite non-photography activity? Roller Derby

What was the first concert you photographed? Not counting cellphone cameras or point n’ shoots, I believe the first concert I shot with an SLR was Gogol Bordello in 2007.

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

Favorite non-writing activity? Reading, listening to music, roller derby…

My favorite food is: Chocolate, the darker the better!

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Coca-Cola, many varieties of cheeses, salsa, almond milk and, of course, leftovers!

My favorite place in the world is: Either on the shore of Lake Superior or on horseback.

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Most often, you’d find me at home with Emmy, (my Siberian Husky “grandpup”), goofing around online, cooking or listening to music.

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Jessi McKee

Guilty Pleasures: collecting vinyl

I work: As a freelance photographer

I enjoy: Concerts and discovering new music

Goals/Dreams: To make a difference

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

Splice (Bucket) List: Blink 182, Alkaline Trio, PUP

Guilty Pleasures: Collecting vinyl

The first album I ever owned was: Blink 182 – Enema of the State

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

Locations

Missouri

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Melissa Payne

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.

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
A unique approach to my photography. I like making music portraits while photographing artists and picking up on small details others might have missed. Photojournalism.

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

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Michelle Williams

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.

Location

Oklahoma

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Adrienne Row – Smith

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

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

My most treasured possession is: Nikon D750

My biggest phobia is: I hate snakes

My biggest pet peeve is: Not clear instructions

My favorite place in the world is: my bed

My dream car is: Tesla Model 3

My hidden talents are: I have an uncanny ability to problem solve

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.

Locations

Canada

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Eryn Smith

Locations

Missouri Illinois

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Trevor Redford

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.

I work: Videographer and editor for an ice rink management company

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.

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Awesome photos and maybe some video of your favorite bands and musicians!

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

Locations

Michigan

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Anna Tollstam

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

I work: I’m a student

I enjoy: Going to concerts and listening to music, taking pictures of literally anything, going to Detroit Tigers baseball games, drinking coffee, and drawing.

Goals/Dreams: Someday I hope to become a tour photographer

Niche: Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique:
I love all kinds of music… literally anything

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: LANY at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit and it was beyond incredible!

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? Johnny Cash or Amy Winehouse

The last movie I saw was: Thor: Ragnarok

My favorite book is: The whole Divergent series

My favorite TV show is: There are a lot, but some include Big Brother, The Voice, Friends, Modern Family, American Horror Story, The Office, and Bobs Burgers.

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

My favorite food is: Veggie on flatbread with American cheese and avocado from subway, Quiznos subs, or smoothies…yum

My most treasured possession is: My camera or my guitar

My biggest phobia is: Being on a bridge crumbling to pieces over water, stuck in a car

My biggest pet peeve is: People driving to the very end on the onramp merging very slowly when you are slowing down to let them over… make sense?

My favorite place in the world is: Nashville, Seattle, or Comerica Park

My dream car is: Matte black jeep wrangler or Tesla model x with white interior and white exterior.

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? School work, watching Baseball, playing guitar, or drawing

Locations

Michigan

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Ken Penn

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.

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

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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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Leelee Hawkins

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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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Thomas Rosas

If I could photograph any concert in history, I would go back and see: Led Zeppelin's final show in 1980

I work: As a freelance sports and concert photographer

I enjoy: Everything and anything that has to do with photography including the geeky history stuff

Goals/Dreams: Would love to do portraits of Metallica, Slash, Sting, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
A photographer with a passion for music because I’m also a musician

Splice (Bucket) List: Metallica, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez and Guns n Roses

Guilty Pleasures: Pepsi

The first album I ever owned was: Quiet Riot Metal Health

My first concert was: Scorpions Love at First Sting 1984

The last concert I attended was: Ace Frehley

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

Favorite non-photography activity? Watching soccer

What was the first concert you photographed? Death Tripper in San Antonio in 1986

If I could photograph any concert in history, I would go back and see: Led Zeppelin’s final show in 1980

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

My favorite TV show is: Entourage

My favorite place in the world is: A close tie between Las Vegas and Disney World Orlando

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Watching my kids play soccer

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Michael Bragg

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is: I graduated with honors

I work: Receiving Supervisor/Guitarist for ARCANE & MJBragg Photography

I enjoy: Time with my son, Playing music with my band, riding my Harley

Goals/Dreams: to continue crafting my photography and music skills

Niche: Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique:
I’ve had 16 years experience in the music industry from many sides of the business.

Splice (Bucket) List: Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, Foo Fighter, Kid Rock

Guilty Pleasures: Oreos and Tootsie rolls are a weakness

The first album I ever owned: Elvis Presley – Live at Madison Square Garden

My first concert was: Kiss @ Greenville Memorial Auditorium in 1988 at age 4 with my dad

The last concert I attended was: Jackyl 1/20/18 @ The Fillmore Underground in Charlotte, NC

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

What was the first concert you photographed? Blackberry Smoke 2/22/14 @ House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? The original Woodstock or Buddy Holly (the night the music died)

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Kurt Cobain – Nirvana

The last movie I saw was: Labyrinth

My favorite book is: This Is Gonna Hurt – Nikki Sixx. Dawg Eat Dawg – Jeff Worley/Roman Glick (Jackyl) because I have published work in it

My favorite TV show is: The Big Bang Theory

My favorite food is: pizza

My favorite non-musical activity: Spending as much time as possible with my son and riding my Harley

My most treasured possession is: My dad’s 1972 Harley Davidson Shovelhead

My biggest phobia is: spiders

My biggest pet peeve is: Rude manners/disrespect

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is: I graduated with honors

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Hanging out with friends at a bonfire

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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

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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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Daniel Castro

Guilty Pleasures: Taylor Swift and electronic pop music

I work: as a freelance photographer/2nd camera assistant/video editor

I enjoy: music, movies and photographing live music

Goals/Dreams: be touring with bands documenting in video/photo, live out of music photography

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
a lot of energy from doing what I most love

Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters is on the top of the list, Nine Inch Nails, Tool

Guilty Pleasures: Taylor Swift and electronic pop music

The first album I ever owned was: Flyleaf debut album

My first concert was: Project 86 at the Soma San Diego side stage

The last concert I attended was: Paramore/Foster The People

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Beastie Boys on their golden years

Favorite non-photography activity? go to the movies, sometimes just do nothing but hear music or watching tutorials

What was the first concert you photographed? La Vida Boheme at the House of Blues in Anaheim

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? The L.A. Rising concert with Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Rise Against and other bands

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Netflix?

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

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Yordi Rosado

The last movie I saw was: Tag!

My favorite book is: The Night of Tlatlelolco

My favorite TV show is: Scrubs

My favorite website is: Netflix

My favorite food is: Lasagna

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Milk, cheese, eggs, vegetables and cold water

My favorite non-musical activity: bicycling

My most treasured possession is: a Stan Lee photograph that he signed

My biggest phobia is: drowning

My biggest pet peeve is: Cats biting me

My favorite place in the world is: Yosemite

My dream car is: Honda Fit Fun

My hidden talents are: I’m very good at reading body language

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I don’t talk at first, then I just won’t stop talking

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? editing videos, working on video productions in the camera department

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Jake Dapper

I love the indie music scene - I have a desire to use photos to tell stories. I get bored taking the same kind of photo again and again. I'm really into the local indie scene in Austin, connecting with artists on a human level, not just pertaining to music.

I work: as a barista, taking photos as much as possible

I enjoy: backpacking, rock climbing, music, movies, books, all stories, and people, doing anything with friends, road trips, swimming, being outside, going to shows, or the movies, whatever.

Goals/Dreams: to tour with bands as a photographer, documenting the journey.

Niche: I love the indie music scene – I have a desire to use photos to tell stories. I get bored taking the same kind of photo again and again. I’m really into the local indie scene in Austin, connecting with artists on a human level, not just pertaining to music.

Splice Bucket List: Dawes, The National, Courtney Barnett, Noname, Bon Iver, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, The Districts, Frank Ocean, Kevin Morby, Mac Demarco, Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers, Kanye West

Guilty pleasures: Lou Bega, ice cream and Oreos with peanut butter on them

The first album I ever owned was: The Beautiful Letdown – Switchfoot

My first concert was: Switchfoot and Relient K

The last concert I attended was: Why Bonnie and The Oysters

If I could have attended any concert in history, I would you go back in time to see: Queen

My favorite movie is: Black Klansman

My favorite book is: East of Eden

My favorite TV show is: The Office

My favorite website is: YouTube

My favorite food is: Breakfast Tacos

Five items always in my refrigerator: Tortillas, Chicken, Avocado, Eggs, Almond Milk

My biggest pet peeve is: people not understanding my wit.

My favorite place in the world is: Southern Colorado

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Being outside with friends, climbing, playing soccer, or swimming, writing, watching movies and television

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Jocelyn Killingsworth

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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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Guilty Pleasures: Naps

I work: so that I can retire.

I enjoy: Photography and Music

Goals/Dreams: to be happy

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique:
Passion for grassroots projects

Splice (Bucket) List: Green Day, Metallica, The Struts

Guilty Pleasures: Naps

The first album I ever owned was: KISS Destroyer

My first concert was: Rolling Stones- Tattoo You Tour

The last concert I attended was: Lady Gaga

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Van Halen Fair Warning Tour

My favorite non-photography activity is: Reading

What was the first concert you photographed? Officially credentialed – Goo Goo Dolls @ DTE

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

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Kelly Harmer

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? I love exploring the city (Detroit) and taking in museums or art exhibits.

I work: Management & Kelly Harmer Photography

I enjoy: Music, wine, food, photography, art

Goals/Dreams: Travel the world and photograph it

Niche: Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
I am a portrait photographer and I specialize in urban settings. I have done senior portraits and weddings. I love capturing emotion and personality thru photography.

Splice (Bucket) List: Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Cher

Guilty Pleasures: Wine, good food

First album I ever owned: Culture Club

My first concert was: The Outfield

The last concert I attended was: Sam Smith

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

My favorite non-photography activity is: Travel

The first concert I photographed was: Heart

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Madonna or Cher

My favorite TV show is: This is us

My favorite food is: Crème Brule

My dream car is: Corvette

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? I love exploring the city (Detroit) and taking in museums or art exhibits.