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Wild Domestic + Falling Through April

Charlotte, North Carolina (March 11, 2018) – It may have been a cold and rainy evening in Charlotte, NC outside, but with Wild Domestic and Falling Through April set to take the stage at The Evening Muse it was sure to be one hot show. As daylight faded in the Historic Arts District of NODA, the Muse opened its doors to fans of both hometown bands. Waiting for show time I watched as a steady stream of people visited the merch booth and members of both groups mingled with the crowd. Seeing the excitement and energy of the room grow my eagerness to see both bands perform was definitely on the rise. Adding to the suspense was the news from FTA guitarist, Dan Candia, that the band may have a surprise up their sleeves for their set as well.

Wild Domestic is an Indie/Alt-Rock band formed by Matt Carlson. After spending time in several other Charlotte area bands, he decided to break out on his own. Backed by Paul Fisher on drums and Colin Moser on bass, Wild Domestic started the night off on a softer note with “Left, Right” drawing you in with its ambient intro and soaring vocals. Then came the rolling bass line that led into the rocking “New Year, New Me“. Covering songs from both of the groups two EP’s, the self-titled, Wild Domestic, in 2015 and Singular in 2017, there was a wide range of musical dynamics expressing various influences. Songs like “Killing It” with a spin on your typical love song, to the political “What a Mess“, and the fun and quirky “Run“. Wild Domestic has a way of connecting with the crowd through their catchy hooks and sing-a-long lyrics, the crowd sometimes even sounding out above Matt. Giving the band a break, Matt stripped it down for a solo performance of “Firewall” showcasing a delicate, yet powerful vocal performance. Wild Domestic ended the night with the upbeat, driving songs “Author” and “What a Mess

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Falling Through April (FTA) was next up to perform in support of their newest album, which was just released January 19, 2018, through Page 2 Music. Founding members, Dan Candia (guitar, vocals), Jim Siani (guitar), Dave Piontek (bass, vocals) and Taylor Foster (drums, percussion), have seen a few changes with the lead singer position before Mikaela Salazar joined the group in 2016, having found the band through a Craigslist’s ad. FTA has steadily kept busy with a new album, filming a music video, supporting acts like The Pretty RecklessPop EvilFlyleaf, and playing such festivals as SXSW and Vans Warped Tour. The single “Desperate Measures” has brought FTA much attention being added to syndicated radio programs, charting on the YouTube Alternative Hotlist, added to Footlockers in-store network at locations in 23 countries, as well as several other music outlets.

FTA has a captivating stage show that keeps your attention the whole time. Each member has their own unique style, which when blended together, create an eclectic sound. Full of energy the band showcased songs like “The Culprit” and “Coast to Coast” from their newest album, Zodiac. Better off Alone grabbed my attention with Makaela’s relatable lyrics about relationships, that was followed by her story about having changed her view on relationships and self-growth that led into “Seven Tries“.

Mid-set FTA called Wild Domestic’s frontman Matt Carlson to join them on a song (this was the surprise). What I didn’t know is that Matt had been FTA’s former lead singer and this was their first reunion in nearly two years; you’d never know it had been that long. The band went headstrong into song with Matt stepping in like he never left. Fans stood in awe, taking in the nostalgia when seeing the pair together again.

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Speaking with Mikaela, she mentioned the groups’ album wasn’t meant to be a story like a lot of bands do, but a record to show many facets of the groups’ music and lyrics. Transcribing this to a live show as well made for a great set by FTA that had driving rock hooks, soft subtle moments, and upbeat pop rock. You could really see and hear each members’ influence in the group with the structure of songs allowing each instrument to be showcased at various times. The band leaves everything on stage putting their all into every note played and sang.

After the show I had a moment to catch up with the members of Falling Through April and chat a little more; from road stories, to favorite venues and everything in between. It’s evident this is a group that loves what they do and has a hard work ethic to achieve their goals. Mikaela mentioned recent work on a new video to be released soon and Dan teased about an upcoming summer tour. I couldn’t pry any more info out of him, but he did note that the band is very excited about it and would be announcing it as soon as they can. Stay tuned to Splice! We’ll be sure to share the details as soon as they drop.

Falling Through April
     

Wild Domestic
     

The Evening Muse
   

Senior Photojournalist: Michael Bragg

More about Falling Through April:
Even though they are originally from disparate parts of the country, Charlotte, NC based Alt-Rockers Falling Through April have come together to form a cohesive unit in a city that is rich in music history and has a thriving independent rock scene. Their energy is abundant in their live shows and in the music from their new album “Zodiac”, which was released on January 19th, 2018 through Page 2 Music.

Falling Through April released first single and video “Desperate Measures” in September of 2017 and have gained significant visibility: Google Play Music’s Modern Rock radio channel and iDobi radio were early supporters and are playing the song.  The video premiered @ Alternative Press and debuted @ #13 on the YouTube Alternative Hotlist playlist. The video will be featured on the Footlocker In-Store network in 1,835 stores in 23 countries starting January 1st as well as several other major brand retail outlets. “Desperate Measures” is playing in over 3800 Health Clubs worldwide, and has been added to syndicated shows like MusicMix USA and Sidewalks TV, among others.

The band performed “Coast To Coast” on CBS affiliate WBTV Channel 3 in Charlotte, NC during the on-air telecast for the 2017 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The band’s founders (Jim Siani, Dave Piontek, Taylor Foster, and Dan Candia) have weathered the full gamut of hurdles as a startup since forming in 2011, ranging from exploding transmissions and ghosting vocalists to nearby celebratory gunfire landing Taylor in the hospital.   When charismatic frontwoman Mikaela Salazar stepped into their lives in 2016, the roadblocks were removed, and everyone found something to be excited about.

The 4 founders found each other while playing in different bands that were a part of the Charlotte indie rock scene.  The band members came to music naturally, as they all had musicians in their family: Dan came from a long line of international musicians, and his dad always played guitar when he was growing up.  Dave started in music early, and in his early teens he became enamored of the Electric Bass and that became his instrument of choice.  Jim knew by the age of 13 that he wanted to be a professional musician, inspired by acts like Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and his favorite band Weezer.  Taylor grew up watching his Dad play drums, so you could say they are in his family DNA.  Mikaela grew up in a house that was never silent, and the desire to be involved in music was second nature. She was inspired to become a singer by strong female musical role models like Alanis Morissette and Gwen Stefani.

The band has 2 previous independent releases: The “Take Flight” album in 2012; and the “Risk and Reward” Ep in 2015.

In early 2017 FTA packed up and drove to Nashville, TN for a several-month-long recording binge with producer and friend Jon King (Augustana, Darling Parade).  The result is their new album “Zodiac”, a powerful alt-rock collection that melds influences ranging from Incubus to Halsey.

The band has amassed a significant touring resume, having opened for The Pretty Reckless, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Flyleaf and more.  They have also performed at major festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Florida Music Festival, Sonorous Music Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference and Celebrate Fairfax.  Their touring has garnered them endorsements from PRS and Reverend Guitars, among others.

FTA’s goal is to have their music reach as many people as possible around the world and for their music to inspire and encourage listeners. Becoming a household name in the modern rock community drives them forward, and “Zodiac” promises to help them achieve that goal.  A second single and video will be released in early 2018.

Track Listing:

1). The Culprit
2). Desperate Measures
3). Seven Tries
4). Better Off Alone
5). With You In Mind
6). Coast To Coast
7). Fate & Fiction
8). Nothing Changes
9). Heart Sails
10). Better Off Alone (Acoustic)

Upcoming Live dates (more dates being announced soon):

3/11/2018           The Evening Muse @ Charlotte, NC
3/29/2018           California University @ California, PA
4/07/2018           Cooper River Bridge Run Festival @ Mount Pleasant, SC
4/13/2018           Petras @ Charlotte, NC
4/28/2018           YoungUns @ Kings Mountain, NC
6/23/2018           Fatemaker Music Festival @ Halethorpe, MD

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

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Goals/Dreams: To be the next Rolling Stone!

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

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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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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

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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!

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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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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.

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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…

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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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Guilty Pleasures: collecting vinyl

I work: As a freelance photographer

I enjoy: Concerts and discovering new music

Goals/Dreams: To make a difference

Niche:
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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I work: I am a full time student working retail and an internship with Vinnie Mac. I also freelance concerts for my personal website.

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.

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

Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters, Weezer, Knocked Loose, The 1975, John Mayer, and Modest Mouse.

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

Favorite non-photography activity? Hiking

What was the first concert you photographed? Chase Huglin

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

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

The last movie I saw was: Heathers

My favorite book is: Cell by Stephen King

My favorite TV show is: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

My favorite website is: Twitter

My favorite food is: Sushi

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Red Bull, cheese, salsa, almond milk, cherries.:

My most treasured possession is: Camera

My biggest phobia is: Heights

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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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

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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

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

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

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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Leelee Hawkins

Coverage Areas

Georgia

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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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Kristina Kimlickova

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Coverage Areas

Canada

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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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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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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.

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Joe Maroon

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