Taken from my Facebook feed....
Some guy singing, somewhere in Cologne, 15.04.17.
Shot for a magazine that i won’t be submitting pictures to.
Censored by management.
The situation has once again reared it’s head, whereupon an artist or their management decides at the last minute they don’t want their show photographed.
Of course, a person has the right to refuse to be photographed, just as much as a free-press has the right to photograph the subject. Something which a growing number of artists appear to have lost sight of.
The subject in question is currently touring alone through Europe, playing a number of small venues. Last nights venue had a capacity of 400, and was a little over half full. Furthermore, the artist is funding his touring and most of his life through crowd funding. Why? Well, he’d call it a project. Most would say it’s because he doesn’t have the support of a/his record label.
So the question must be asked: what is the biggest, CHEAPEST and most effective way an artist in such a position can market themselves? Correct - the music-press! Not pissed-up photos from some fan on social media, posting blurry snapshots to his 100 friends who don’t give a shit and have no idea who the artist is anyway.
Photos, from accredited members of the press, journalists, publishing work (in my case) in a cultural magazine with a monthly readership of over 400,000! 400,000 readers who already have an interest in music and want to actively discover new artists. Then there is of course further syndication of the images through Getty and Alamy live news to name but two.
So, Mr Tour-Manager (or more likely; Van-Driver), if you plan on filling these tiny venues in the future, selling more of those t-shirts, post-cards, CD’s and (5€!) pin-badges; then you better re-think your strategy! Feel free to get in touch if you want to take it up with me. After all, i want you to succeed as much as you do. But wasting the time of venue security, who are there to protect the safety of the audience, not throw out photographers, is not the way to do things - you’re doing every one, including the yourselves and the poor fuckers who now have to look at those blurry photos on Facebook this morning (and my un-edited photo above) a total disservice!
No one in the industry ever got anywhere by building walls with the Press. Hearing the Stones on the radio made them a massive stadium act??? No, people being able to see them in the newspapers and on posters made them massive or contributed hugely to.
I wish you well, and hope the effort you’re making to tour is getting you all the social media likes and pin-badge sales you hoped for.