Not so long ago, I was given the opportunity to attend a music event on behalf of Breeze magazine. When I was first called I was thinking of declining because it was a rainy day and I was not keen about going alone. I called a bunch of friends and none were available at the time…. and then, I thought about all those IMPROV exercises we did at AWE’15 in Jogja this year… and realized that I was being a total wuss! I mean, seriously, I have been to shadier places in Bangkok! Alone! Yet I was afraid to go to a freaking concert alone? Booo!
So I said YES! Went alone and no, the ground did not opened up and swallowed me whole. It was fine. Going to a concert stag definitely FINE! No.. I might be down playing it a bit. It was a awesome! Ear-Splitting and Brain Damaging but… awesome!
I arrived a little bit late. I was welcomed by See Bee from Astro, she gave me my Media Pass… took me near the stage where the media people hang out. I got to bypass the crowd, that was super-great because the crowd was insane! I immediately saw my old friend there. She was there with her husband’s band (Ariez).
Upon hearing that I came as Media, Angel asked me “Did you go behind the stage and took photos with Afghan? Did you? Did you?”
And my priceless reaction was “Afghan, who?”. Even in my confusion, I could hear the crowd behind me chanting Afghan’s name. I found myself wondering… Who is this sorcerer? Is he someone famous?
The show began with a local Hip-Hop Duo but don’t ask me their names, I definitely had no idea who there were. I scrambled a bit before I remembered to adjust my camera setting. So I am sorry to the local hip hoppers. Tiada gambar kamu yang cantik. It’s been so long since I have to shoot at night. Other medias with their big cameras made me feel small with my small mirrorless.
Right after the first performance… something blew up behind the stage and suddenly the power was out. The rain was a downpour so all the media people ran close to the stage to take shelter from the rain.
I can’t remember how long it was. But we stood there, in puddles of water, barely concealed from the rain. Shivering and waiting for the power to come back on. I remember looking at my feet submerged in a puddle and noticing cables on the ground right next to my feet. I remember thinking “This would be the worst way to go. Electrocuted in some concert.”
I wondered briefly if I should just ditch it.
And then bam! The show was back on again!… Took some nice photos, I did.
And the show went on and on and on….
I am somewhat useless in these kinds of live shows. I really don’t listen to the radio much. I only find new songs from the movies and non-local tv series that I watch. So coming to this concert was really weird for me. Since I didn’t know most of the songs, when people sang along to the songs I just stood there like an asshat who refused to mingle. What was I supposed to do? I didn’t know any of the songs. Couldn’t even hum them if I wanted to. But Thank God, for this guy though. At least I could sing along to his song…
Since, I didn’t have to give any photos to Breeze… I just took photos whenever I felt like it, usually when I saw great lighting or when I saw someone I knew. Like these fellas…
You know when you go somewhere and you say to yourself I am gonna take one awesome shot and I am done! Well, after taking this shot I looked at it, and I was DONE! I did not think that Akim was a good singer back in his AF days… but man, his has grown to be one hella performer! And oh yeah, because I live in a cave… I didn’t know he has this awesome band. My bad.
Apparently, the lighting people did an awesome job. For me to be able to take these shots without using my fast lens etc… says a lot about the quality of the lighting. Why am I talking about the lighting? What else am I going to talk about… I don’t know any of the songs remember?
And… what would a show on Sabahan soil without Stacy right? Stacy sang a duet with Akim but no good photos came out of that roll… :'( Their chemistry was a bit off!
Last but not least, the sorcerer himself. I swear to God I did not know any of his songs. But the crowd was screaming so loud when he came on stage so I figured, he must be a big deal in Malaysia right now.
My friend’s sister was going Gaga over this dude. I can understand. He’s very good-looking and when he sang that duet with that Sabahan Singer whose name I don’t know (so sorry), their chemistry was off the freaking chart!
Don’t hate me. This is the last photo, I promise.
Afghan was the closing act. He sang about five songs. I left before the last song ended. It was a little over midnight and I anticipated that there would be a traffic jam trying to get out of there. Not knowing what to expect from a live show like this… I came unprepared. In the end, I was a little bit deaf and light-headed because I stood too near to the speakers! But overall, I had a really great time! I took a bunch of photos that I am happy with and I learned a lot about taking photos on live shows!
This is my first time ever blogging about a Music Event! (Time for me to upgrade my musical knowledge a bit)
Thanks for the opportunity Astro (See Bee) and Breeze (Dinoza)!