I am frequently asked to photograph live music events, but 9 out of 10 times I decline because of tight-fisted promoters who want professional photography but don't want to pay for it. Taking pictures in low light is tricky and there's also the stage lighting to contend with. Flashing lights, lasers, red, blue, green spotlights might add drama for the audience but in photos they make skin tones look weird. Colour correction is required as part of the editing process which adds further weight to the argument in support of paying the photographer.
So Tuesday 29 April was a rarity for me to find myself shooting a live music event at Zebrano Soho, on Greek Street. There was also a tube strike that day so I walked from Hackney to Soho which, according to the Citymapper app, took 86 minutes (and 354 calories). It was my first time at Zebrano and it's a nice, intimate venue. The stage is small - perfect for soloists but a bit cramped for groups.
The acts in order of appearance were: Tom Lukas, Nina, Narius, Ryan Harman, Utku, Chloe Giacometti, Improptu (sic), Sebastian Blake, Two Finger Typist, Scrambles and Lak. All of them played the guitar but their styles and choice of songs was very diverse.
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