I once read an article about tour life and how it downwardly effects musicians. Constantly being thousands of miles from home and never having a moment to yourself can be extremely tiring and lead to depression amongst other issues. It puts strains on relationships of all kinds and makes family life especially hard.
Over time I’ve realized that there’s a right way to do the music lifestyle and a wrong way to do it. Music veterans always say there is no wrong way of approaching a traveling lifestyle but my findings have proved that statement itself to be wrong.
It’s as simple as thankfulness.
Being thankful that we have the opportunity that so many others are chasing after. It’s as simple as living in the moment and only thinking about the now. It sounds so cliche but this is something that I, as a photographer, have quickly come to realize is so important.
These photos of Ghastly I have.. I don’t know how to explain why these photos are so special to me but I guess this is me trying. David had the stage presence of no other DJ I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Yeah his music was good and his transitions flowed smoothly but being a good DJ is so much more than that. He went out of his way to connect with the crowd. There was not a single time that he wasn’t smiling, or even laughing to himself. He even took about 20 minutes after his set to meet all the fans that wanted to meet him after his set and take pictures.
There’s no other way to explain it than him having fun and being genuinely happy. For probably the only time in my career, I got to perfectly capture the true identity of happiness, and for that I am forever thankful to Ghastly.
photographed by Rebecca Reece.