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I was fortunate enough to gain Media Access to the gig, thanks to a DJ/Promoter friend of mine, Michael Mikee Earley. And, with that access, I did my best to bring you some ill-ass photos from the night.
I’d like to personally thank Michael, and all of the staff over at Studio, for hosting a fine show and allowing me unlimited access.
For those of you that have not visited Studio yet, I highly recommend it. The staff were very helpful and courteous. And, much to my surprise, the security staff were not the usual bullyboys one typically encounters at Auckland clubs these days.
Bill Gray (l) and Derrick “Mayday” May (r) at Be Club, Auckland, New Zealand, April 2010.
1 Snap Music! was founded in early 2010 by Bill Gray in order to present in a wilder, rawer, more visceral and artistic style of underground club photography generally not seen elsewhere.
The whole idea behind 1 Snap Music! is to present photographs that are truer to the vibe of a night at an underground club. Bill has found this vibe is often chaotic, powerfully sensual and gut wrenchingly direct. And, since no other photographer in the area was presenting the scene in it’s purest, artistic expressive form, Bill took it upon himself to do just that.
Bill Gray is a premier fine art underground club scene photographer currently living in Auckland, New Zealand whose work is constantly praised by those in the community.
Bill was born in the United States and is of Western African, Native American and Western European descent.
Bill’s interests include photography, art, music, fashion, technology, science, meditation, clubbing and, of course, fun, outgoing people.
From a very young age Bill displayed a high aptitude for science and art, and he won his first art competition at the age of five. Throughout his education Bill was always at the top of his class in art and science.
At the age of twenty-three Bill relocated to Los Angeles and served as a consultant to Warner Brothers Records for several years, as well as numerous other high profile companies in the Southern California area.
Bill served as a consultant to numerous government agencies and high profile companies in the Washington, D.C. area prior to relocating to Los Angeles.
Known for his no nonsense, yet relaxed and outgoing manner, Bill easily makes friends wherever he goes. He’s frequently seen around the various Auckland nightspots where he’s been known to rock the party until the break of dawn.
I’ve decided it’s time to reset the this blog/website and weed a lot of material that is no longer my focus.
As you can see, over the past several months I’ve become more interested in photographing the wonderful entertainment, nightlight and underground club scene that Auckland has to offer. And, since I have such a love for doing this, I think that it’s time that the website reflect this purely.
I’m working on some new magazine affiliations that will hopefully allow me access to even higher profile events than the ones I attend now.
I’ve, also, got my eye on some new photography gear that will enable me to present even higher quality photos to you.
The gear I have in mind will fit within my low tech approach of ‘one camera, one lens, one flash’. I’m not really interested in the technicalities of photography and I couldn’t care less about what other photographers are doing nor how expensive or how flash their gear is. Just give me a good simple camera with a high quality sensor, a good sharp lens and a powerful flash, and I’ve got all I need to take a great photo - everything else is superfluous.
I don’t need diffusers or ring flashes that can and do cost hundreds. Give me a white plastic bag, tape, rubber bands and some tubing, and I can make my own in a few minutes. And, the results will be the same as someone who spent thousands on their setup. ;)
I was fortunate enough to attend, even though I did arrive very late. By the time I got there either most people had gone home or were so drunk that having a conversation with them proved to be quite a challenge.
It was all good though.
I even gave Colin a birthday kiss on the lips – no tongue was involved - which he seemed to quite enjoy! ;)
I didn’t get there until really late that night so a lot of the crowd had ebbed by then. Also, I was really tired, so the photos aren’t up to my usual standards nor are there as many as I normally present for your viewing pleasure. However, I do hope you enjoy them regardless! ;)
Aight, peeps! Just a little taste from the Special Session gig, which was held at the Old Skate Factory on K’rd.
The gig was about as underground as it gets. And, because of that, quite a few people there did not want their photo taken. It was all good though as I always respect the wishes of the person, and if they don’t want to be photographed, I apologize for bothering them and move on to the next subject.
Little tired now so I’m going to sleep. Keep it locked though!
Friday, 7 May 2010 DJ Zinc at Ink & Coherent, 268 Karangahape Road, Newton Doors open at 10pm. Tickets $25
Ink and Coherent are proud to bring you DJ Zinc on Friday May 7th
One of the most revered drum and bass and jungle djs on the planet, DJ Zinc has reinvented himself and at the same time crafted a whole new genre of music called Crackhouse which takes the deep bass sounds of jungle/drum and bass over house beats to create music taking the world by storm.
This will be the show of the year DJ Zinc playing to strictly limited numbers at Coherent with huge support from Churchill, Fisken, Dick Johnson, Nick D and more.
6 Mix celebrates the May Day weekend with a brand new mix from techno pioneer Derrick May. Derrick - best known for his 1987 dance anthem Strings of Life under the name Rhythim Is Rhythim - has been an iconic name on the techno scene for over twenty years, DJing worldwide to a devoted fan base. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, May's work - alongside fellow DJs Juan Atkins and Inner City's Kevin Saunderson - has provided the catalyst for a number of producers worldwide. In his latest 6 Music show Derrick plays a selection of tunes which have influenced and inspired him including tracks by Brian Eno, Peven Everett and Model 500. There's also a brand new 'Mayday' club mix featuring hot new material from his label - Transmat Recordings - and a selection of tracks of Derrick's favourite album of 2010 so far; Gil Scott Heron's 'I'm New Here.'
Now, you can listen to Derrick’s new mix via the link above or, if you’re feelin’ a little naughty, you can download it if you look around the Net a little bit for it. *hint,hint*
P.S. Here’s a track listing I just found for Derrick’s mix:
1. Gil Scott-Heron — Where Did the Night Go 2. Luke Hess — The Way 3. Brian Eno & Mobius — Foreign Affairs 4. Cyberton — Alley Of Your Mind 5. Model 500 — Nightdrive 6. Gil Scott-Heron — The Crutch 7. Seun Kuti — Fire Dance 8. Orlando Voorn — Power Of Beauty 9. Kenny Larkin — Unknown 10. Acoustic High End Research — Acid Child 11. Anthony Shakir — Arise 12. Matthias Meyer — Infinity 13. Kapuchon and Benny Rodrigues — Reel 14. Cesar Merveille — Chocopop Jazz 15. Ibex 360EP — 360 (Dub mix) 16. Glenn Underground — Afro 17. GummiHz — One Groove & Synth 18. Karizma A Mind Of Its Own — The Ganni 19. Robert Bosco — Club 20. Ben Klock — Viscoplastic 21. DVS1 — Searching 22. Karizma Feat.Taylor McFerrin — Georgia 23. Joakim Lone — Meeting Blue Ice 24. Orlando B — Melancholy 25. Jona — Secret 26. Autotune — Dirty 27. Gil Scott-Heron — Your Soul & Mine 28. [unknown] — Sexy & Strange 29. Tr — Naive Track 30. Viscoplastic — Unknown 31. [unknown] — White Label 32. Peven Everett — I Can't Believe I Loved Her 33. Salvatone Eneda — Bruschetta 34. Flamuri — I Populat 35. Untitled