Welcome to our round-up of our favourite photos to appear in NME over the past month. First up: Russell Brand and Serge Pizzorno, shot in LA by Pamela Littky for our World Cup preview issue.
Sleigh Bells’ Alexis, shot in London by Tom Oxley. “Really nice guys, they were up for trying everything,” says Tom. “I set up the shoot, lights, background, props etc, and I think it took them a little by surprise, I think they were expecting some point and shoot against the wall. Alexis was great, a real natural in front of the camera.”
Florence at Isle Of Wight festival, by Andy Willsher. “This was taken two minutes before she walked on stage at the Isle Of Wight festival, overlooking the estuary that comes in from Cowes.”
Japandroids, by Tom Oxley: “It was nearing the end of the tour and I think they were tired. So we went to the park nearby with a load of beers and just hung out in the sun. After a little while, the sun and beers have their effect and people start to loosen up.”
More Japandroids. “The shot inside the venue was taking immediately after they came off stage,” says Tom Oxley. “I hurried them back to the dressing room before loads of people descended back. I just wanted to capture the aftermath of the gig, the exhaustion, the concentration, the tiredness of it all. I only got a few frames before the door burst open and people rushed in.”
Marina And The Diamonds, by Andy Willsher. “This was taken backstage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Bangor, putting on her luminous lipstick… while the likes of N-Dubz were in the next dressing room.”
Marina live, at the same gig.
Biffy Clyro’s – with Simon Neil, jumping – taken at Isle Of Wight, by Andy Willsher. “Maybe you can understand now how he injured himself at Glastonbury,” says Andy. “Those amps are pretty high.”
Another great Biffy Clyro shot by Andy Willsher.
Damon Albarn, by Andy Willsher. “This was taken during a break from soundcheck at the first of the two Roundhouse shows,” recalls Andy. “Which featured nearly all of the guest vocalists on the new album, as well as Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from The Clash.”
Rage Against The Machine backstage at Finsbury Park. “The first shot was taken as they were meeting [campaigners] Jon and Tracey Morter for the first time,” explains Richard Joshson. “Zack and Tom were such nice guys – [writer] Dan Martin’s lip was wobbling with all the emotion!”
Kele, shot in London for the cover of NME by Dean Chalkley.
Primavera, by Dan Dennison. “The setting Spanish sun was a nice backdrop for a wide shot over the shoulders of some people in the VIP area,” recalls the photographer. “In the forground someone’s being interviewed for TV whilst in the background Florence finishes off her set on the San Miguel Stage.”
Jay-Z at Isle Of Wight, by Andy Willsher.
AC/DC’s Angus Young, shot by Danny North: “Like almost everyone I love AC/DC, so I was really looking forward to shooting them. My Dad (RIP) also loved ’em, probably his second favourite band (after Iron Maiden), so this gig had a wee bit of an emotional pull for me.”
More AC/DC. Says Danny North: “Almost every shot I took was ‘Hail Mary’ style, due to all the photographers squashed up against the stage on a riser with a six foot drop on the other side and shooting directly into the sun. Technically a difficult gig, but so much fun too.”