Two Shows, One Night.

I was thinking of putting the shows in separate galleries but then realise THIS IS MY BLOG AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT. So here you can have an insight into how my Saturday night went. It started downstairs at SubT for F**k You, Idiot, Double Feature, Drones and Post Child. I love taking photos of Post Child and F**k You, Idiot. It’s always a total joy and Mat

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An Ode To DPX

When I was growing up we didn’t really have the internet, no seriously I am that old. It was hard to find other brown people that I connected with just because all I had was kids in my own area and people in my own family. So I pushed my heritage away, I refused to acknowledge myself as Pakistani at all for so many years, I accepted when white friends

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Two Houses / Spill @ Downstairs Sub T, Chicago, March 2017

First things first, I have misplaced my favourite lens. Now I am a good photographer but I am very very DIY about it all. My equipment is all very well looked after, it just seems like I’m a little absentminded. My lens is in my apartment, I’m pretty sure of it, I just can’t remember where I put it. So until I find it I have ONE lens to shoot

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The Menzingers Tribute Night @ Quencho’s, March 2017

(No seriously it was Child’s Mind, Dethwarrent, City Mouse and Sass Dragons – I’m just fucking with you) One of the big reasons I moved myself to Chicago was because of the music scene here. I’m spoilt, I grew up in London and had all the bands and all the music on my doorstep. When I decided to leave it was important to me to be somewhere where I could

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The Penske File, Bong Mountain, What Gives? and Distants @ The Burlington, Chicago

Listen to some bands goddamnit – THE PENSKE FILE BONG MOUNTAIN WHAT GIVES? DISTANTS I spent a chunk of the evening leading up to this show talking about how I want to do band photos differently. I have ideas but nothing that will work entirely yet, so I guess until I figure it out you can just have photos from shows in the classic HERE ARE SOME BANDS way. I

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Loneliness

There’s a difference between being okay with being by yourself and truly feeling alone. Sometimes we’re told that all we need to do to feel less lonely is to learn to accept ourselves, and I guess on some scale that’s true. I like being by myself sometimes. I’m a big reader, and my favourite way to wind down post work is to come home, make dinner, watch a little Netflix

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Attempting to Watch Movies 2017: #2 Hidden Figures

Okay so I’ve been bad at this. The plan was to go to the movies every Tuesday for cheap movie night, but then I started to make plans on Tuesday night when led me astray. I’ve been meaning to see Hidden Figures for like a month. Good things come to those who wait though as I finally managed to get my ass to the Western Regal for some big screen

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Between The Clicks

I’ve been taking photos for almost 6 years now, photos of bands that is. The first time I took photos at a show was at the Enterprise in Camden, a tiny, dark, dirty venue above a pub. I went to see Straight Lines and was so scared. Having never taken a camera to a show before, I didn’t really know what to expect. What I did know was that I

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Attempting to Watch Movies 2017: #1 La La Land

I love going to the cinema. If I’m going to watch a film the best way for me to do so is in a very dark room where I can’t look at my phone, I have a tendency to drift when I watch films at home. Also I like big screens, I think everything is more engrossing when it’s huge and in front of you. You can’t get away from

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#Nogged

My buddy Kyle has been working on some solo stuff with our friend Jon and it’s very good. They recorded a Christmas song and Maura and I went over to help them with the video. We had a blast. You can but the track here for $1 and all money goes to charity (Connections for Abused Women and Children in Chicago).