Two thousand and sixteen. I attended 28 shows this year although I’m pretty sure I’m forgot to list like two or three shows because I forget almost everything. From having Blink-182 in front of my camera to a small upcoming band called Firestarter, I was able to grow more than ever in my work, felt so inspired (and uninspired at times), slowly growing my new outlet Black Noise US and met some damn good people all in the process. This year, I've occupied myself with other ventures such as remodeling a home and finishing what was left to build of a house (adulting, right?). I am so ready for 2017. Here are my top 10 photos of 2016:
Sky Accord x ISSUES
After a busy day of a 5 hour drive from Dallas, I was eager to make Issues’ set back home in San Antonio. This was also one of my first time getting to test out my new Sigma 35mm Art Series lens and walking out of the Aztec Theatre with the images from this night surely made me fall in love with the lens. It’s only left my camera about twice since then.
Matt LaPerche x Firestarter
I was invited out to small show out at the Korova, I usually don’t take people up on offers on small shows, but I thought to myself “What else am I going to do with my Wednesday night?” I almost always go to shows by myself so it was pretty awkward at such a small basement show since there were only like 15 people in attendance. Firestarter’s made me realize all of the hard work these small touring bands put in on a daily basis, doing everything themselves, selling CDs and the huge commitment they make when they decide to pack everything up in a van and tour the country. Matt came out to thank me while I was waiting to take some photos of the boys in Capstan, never had I ever been thanked for going out and snapping a few pics, hopeful to get Firestarter in front of my camera more than once in 2017.
Joe Taylor x Knuckle Puck
I love Knuckle Puck. I can’t recall whether or not this was my first time shooting Knuckle Puck. I don’t even remember going to this show, but I do know that I took this picture and I like it. I honestly believe this was taken in 2015 but my computer says 2016 so…
Spencer Chamberlain x Underoath
Seeing Underoath on the Rebirth Tour this year was so surreal. I was stuck in a creative rut this time of year and nothing better to shoot a band that played a significant role when I first fell in love with music.
Brandon Hoover x Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire was my last official show of the year. I finally mastered how to save those ugly red photos and found a new editing style in the process.
William Ryan Key x Yellowcard
Taken on Yellowcard’s last tour. Ever. I didn’t stay till the end of the night and I regret it every time they pop up on my social media. I was only able to photograph them three times (on the MMF tour w/ Emarosa, 2016 Warped, and this last tour) #Sad.
Jaime Preciado x Pierce The Veil
Hime Time. If you ever went to school with me you probably overheard my talking about how much I love Pierce the Veil. I still love them till this day, probably till the day I die. I've seen Pierce the Veil many times, shot them a few times but was never content with the photos I walked away with. This isn't the instance when I walked to the side of the photo pit after the first three songs. Jaime is always really energetic and jumping around everywhere. I was finally able to capture the energy in a single photo with what I think is a the perfect amount of motion blur in all the right places.
Jeremy McKinnon x A Day To Remember
Blink 182 + A Day To Remember. AT&T Center. Home arena of the San Antonio Spurs. Let me tell you how blown away I was at shooting this show. It was my first time walking the floor at the AT&T Center, being escorted and passing up the Spurs locker room. So amazing. (Simply because I am a huge Spurs fan.) I saw A Day To Remember back on the Game Changers Tour and then the House Party Tour, two shows I will never forget because of the amount of fun I had. I passed up the opportunity to shoot them on the House Party Tour and I regret it every time I see this photo or any live photo of ADTR. I could probably shoot ADTR every day and not get bored.
Bradley Walden x Emarosa
One word: passion. Bradley puts everything into every word he sings into the microphone and that's evident in my photos and other photographer's photos from any Emarosa show.
Kellin Quinn x Sleeping With Sirens
Not surprising that this is my top favorite photo of the year, huh? When the End The Madness! Tour was announced I checked out the tour routing and it fell the same week as my short thanksgiving break and they were in San Antonio the day before Thanksgiving. Perfect timing. I grabbed my phone and made some plans with my cousin to travel to Dallas and then back to San Antonio to shoot two dates of the tour. There I was driving on I-35 towards Dallas thinking to myself "what the hell am I doing?" Well, now that I think of it, I don't regret it one bit. I'm not a big fan of Dallas, TX but I am a big fan of the performances that Sleeping With Sirens puts out every time I see them live. I saw them two nights in a row and I think San Antonio does it better than any other city in Texas. I have never seen Alamo City Music Hall so lit up with smiles nor have I ever heard such a loud crowd. The show was definitely smaller than the Dallas one but way louder. Sleeping With Sirens is one of those bands that I could literally photograph night after night and not get tired. At last, I'd like to thank Nick from SWS for those two nights, they're experiences and memories I will never forget. Last year in March, I considered putting down the camera for good but shows like these are what keep me going to concerts and taking pictures. I honestly don't care if I'm compensated for the time and hard work I put into all of these photos, it's all worth it to me in the end. Nothing compares.
February 29 Mayday Parade and Real Friends
March 17 Blessthefall
March 18 The Word Alive and The Devil Wears Prada
March 20 Saosin
March 20 Wintour ft. Fall Out Boy and PVRIS
March 23 The Rebirth Tour ft. Underoath
March 26 The Outbreak Tour ft. ISSUES and One OK Rock
May 5 The 1975
May 29 River City Rock Fest
June 21 Letlive.
June 25 Warped Tour
July 6 The Emotional Roadshow ft. Twenty One Pilots
July 30 Blink 182 ft. A Day To Remember and All-American Rejects
August 17 Firestarter + Capstan
September 17 Tegan and Sara
September 28 Stick To Your Guns
October 6 Yellowcard
October 8 I The Mighty
October 12 Pierce the Veil
October 16 Parkway Drive + We Came As Romans
October 17 Beartooth
October 29 Memphis May Fire + TDWP
November 12 The Wonder Years + Real Friends + Knuckle Puck
November 19 Grouplove + MUNA
November 22 Sleeping With Sirens (Dallas)
November 23 Sleeping With Sirens (San Antonio)
November 27 Escape the Fate
December 3 Crown the Empire + Blessthefall