I am normally not a fan of electronic music. I like my keyboards here and there, but vocal effects and the keyboard as the main instrument usually don’t thrill me.
An exception is LIGHTS. From Toronto, this tiny little girl has a lot of power and charisma onstage. She was upbeat and got the Beat Kitchen rockin’ – and even did a Backstreet Boys cover! Definitely quirky and colorful (her merch table was an explosion of neon!), LIGHTS was definitely a surprise. I went in not expecting to like her, but she won me over after just a few songs. And, even better? She hung out at merch until all of her fans left, taking pictures and talking to everyone. Definite brownie points.
She’s on a huge tour right now, so check out her Myspace and see if she’s coming by you. Also, while you’re there, listen to “February Air,” it’s my favorite.
I was at this show with Last Fast Action and therefore, was wrapped up in “band work,” such as doing merch, so I was only able to shoot for a song or so. Since this was such a fun, energetic show, everyone was packed against the front of the stage (like they should be at a concert!), so I was regulated to the side of the stage.
Beat Kitchen is a super tiny place, with a super tiny stage. Usually the light is extraordinarily dim, but this time, the fabulous light/sound guy let me set the lights as I wanted (he made my night). However, there is only so much turning up the white lights can do if the stage is small and the lights cans are few. So, since I was stuck on the side of the stage, and the light was not anything spectacular, I played with lens flare to add some interest into the shots. Also, I thought that lens flare would compliment the spacey sound of LIGHTS’ music. What do you think?
I shot all of these with the 5D Mark II and 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. Like I said, the light still wasn’t fantastic, so I was at 6400ISO, f/2,8, and between 1/80-1/160 the whole time.