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X Ambassadors + Parade of Lights | The Reason Tour | CT + NY

X Ambassadors and Parade of Lights were on tour recently and when I went to photograph them, I didn’t know their performances would shake me to my core. I had the great opportunity to photograph both bands at The Space in Hamden, CT and at The Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY.

I first saw Parade of Lights at SXSW in Austin, TX. I had such a fantastic time photographing them at the renowned music festival. Combining their sound with X Ambassadors was the perfect mix of alt-electro and alt-rock. Both bands have high energy throughout their sets and really know how to get a crowd pumped up. Parade of Light’s EP “Golden” is taking off fast and rightly so! It’s become so difficult not to dance while photographing these guys. I just can’t help it!

Shooting for X Ambassadors was an amazing experience. Having listened to their EP “The Reason” on Spotify before attending the show, I knew X Ambassadors were going to deliver a killer evening. I didn’t know just how engulfed in their music I would become. Listening to their music online is fantastic, but in person - watching them give it all up on stage, seeing the raw passion for their music.. It’s something entirely different and soul rocking. “The Business” is one of my favorite songs ever.

Discovering new bands and photographing them live has become my passion and obsession. I am never not thinking about who’s music will blow my mind next!

I’ve posted their EPs below so you can check them out. Listen to them. Fall in love. Thank me later.

xx Sam

SXSW 2014 | Concert Photography | Austin, TX

The 2014 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX was one adventure that I'll never forget. I photographed The Kooks, The 1975, Parade of Lights, Emily King, Lemaitre, Daley, Young the Giant, Hey Marseilles, Claire, and Tensnake thanks to Astralwerks Records. Not only were the shows incredible, but the inexhaustible energy from all SXSW fans throughout the week kept me going. Every attendee was excited to party, watch a countless number of live shows and eat some of the amazing food that Austin had to offer. There were shows constantly playing in any bar or venue that you would walk past. You could hop in and out and head across the street if you wanted to hear someone else jam. I even spotted a few celebrities roaming around who weren't performing like Ingrid Michaelson, Drake Bell and Jared Padalecki. It was such a dream photographing The Kooks for the first time. I've been listening to their music since high school, so finally seeing them live and being their photographer was a real highlight of the trip. I'm a huge fan of The 1975 as well. Their spirit on stage was killer and I have tons of photos of them that I love. Meeting Daley opened up doors to shoot more of his shows in NYC, and I'll be photographing more Parade of Lights shows in NYC too! The lovely Emily King was fantastic in all of her performances as always and has some incredible new music that you should check out.

I selected a bunch of my favorite photos from that crazy week. It's one adventure that I'll never forget! I definitely must go next year!

xx Sam

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