Here’s another mix for you. Complete with a really awkward moment at about 1:10 in when he takes the time out of his set to yell at photographers. Admittedly, I didn’t see the live web stream so I don’t have a visual to go along with this interruption. But here’s what I do know:
Most venues have a photo pit. It’s a space in front of the stage that’s a few feet wide (depends on the venue) and is blocked from the rest of the fans by a metal barricade so photographers have room to do their thing. If you’ve ever “ridden the rail” up at the very front, you’ve probably seen us. Some of us try to take our pictures quickly and try not to impede the view of the fans. Others don’t give a shit about the fans and consider themselves holier than thou because dammit they have the next great photo to take for the blog that doesn’t pay them.
Anyway… the photo pit is one of those things that, as a photographer, you take for granted and forget about its significance until you’re assigned to a venue that doesn’t have a photo pit and you’re left to fend for yourself and your equipment against the throngs of concert goers.
Sometimes it’s not a huge deal like say for a singer-songwriter. Crowds are usually pretty easy going and if you say “Excuse me, I’ll just be a few minutes while I get a few shots,” they’ll let you right in so you can do your thing and get out. Sometimes, at, say, an EDM show, it’s not that simple because hormonal teenagers NEED to be up front and grinding against each other.
What’s confusing, especially, is when Sonny says “Do that shit at the right time.”
Photographers are usually restricted to the first 15 minutes anyway making the beginning… exactly the right time.
I’m not taking sides in this cause because a lot of photographers can be douchebags and, like I said, I didn’t see it. Not to mention that this doesn’t even need to be a thing at all. I’m just shedding some light from the other side of the barricade.
Anyway, enjoy the stream mix if you’re so inclined.
*UPDATE* A reader who claims to have been there has thrown in his (or her) two cents on the matter:
This had nothing to do with Photographers, or and photo pit. This was clearly directed at the crowd. This was OWSLA “family” event and most people there are regular to the OWSLA scene. It was supposed to be just a great time with great vibes, people dancing and taking in the scene. What it turned out to be was a bunch of sceney pukes all so hungry to crowd a foot away from him and shove their cameras in his face to get that great shot for their instagram. He is about brining the party and setting a bitchin vibe for everyone to enjoy their night and dance, not just get the pix to show they are there and then be on their way.
Source: I was standing right there.
I’m still personally confused because he calls our “photographers” specifically and when there’s an obvious difference between a photographer and someone trying to get instafamous. But then again he does mention instaslam. So who knows? Thanks to reader “Urbo” for the tip!
*UPDATE 2* Another reader has chimed in. Pretty much in line with the above.
Hi, I was there as well so I thought I may be able to shed some light. First off, I hope no one gets the wrong idea about this, Skrillex doesn’t mind if you film here and there…it’s the people that are standing there filming for long periods of time. This was a private event to celebrating all Holidays this season with the OWSLA family and close friends. Skrillex’s sets are so amazing and it is hard not to want to capture every second of his shows so you can reflect the next day with lots of laughs, love, and smiles. However, Skrillex never wants his friends and fans to forget to be there in the moment and enjoy what is happing in reality. Photos and filming take away from the vibes and the effect he is giving off…also think about things from his perspective…this is his passion and he wants to share it with everyone…but when he sees a bunch of phones and not a bunch of faces rocking out…it affects him too….not to mention he had just returned form Jamaica earlier this same day. A lot of people lose sight of how important it is to enjoy the moment…too concerned with what they will have tomorrow….Skrilly is a very nostalgic person. There were no gated areas for photographers, this was a very intimate small dark club, making it hard to film so people also had their bright lights on while filming…right in his face…but the actual photographers were really up in his face as well. Everyone wants to be close to him so the vibe was wild in the crowd. That being said, it wasn’t a big deal, people backed off and everyone partied and celebrated together as one big family! Just my thoughts though… it was a very fun night, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays ❤