Recently I had the opportunity to spend the day in London working with a sublimely talented musician and songwriter, Richard Forbes.
Never heard of him?
YOU SHOULD HAVE!
The music industry is a bastard of a thing.
I've had my own flirtations with it over the years and spent far too long trying to become a professional musician in a rock 'n' roll band. I learnt that you either go with the music industry and stay 'on trend', or you go against it and attempt to become an artist - the latter practically condemning real talent to a long, hard road ahead in order to carve out any success.
Looking back, I guess I was more of a daydreamer. Richard Forbes is undeniably an artist.
When Rich asked me to document a performance he was doing in London recently - a gig that was being professionally filmed for promotional purposes - it was a no-brainer.
From observing the setting up of equipment and preparing the venue, and the pre-gig rehearsals, through to the final performance in front of an audience, being involved was always going to be a fun experience.
Personally, I see music as the ultimate art-form. Music is central to who I am and it's at the very core of my being. No other art form moves me as deeply as music can, and does. At times I've enjoyed how powerful it is. At others, I've hated it for it.
I'm a music snob too. I'm not ashamed to admit it. Proud even.
Each to their own of course, but I implore you to listen to the work of Richard Forbes...
Anyway, below are the photos I captured from an ace day, as it happened...
Enjoy the images.
Enjoy the music.
All images courtesy of Sonny Nathan