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Hanging Out With The LABRAT

Seems like I’m surrounded by music these days. Not that previously I wasn’t surrounded, but I’m talking about live, feel good music. Today, despite the rainy day, rush from work and traffic jam, I found myself seated in the Lab Rat Jamming Studio in Shah Alam. Now I don’t know much about these guys; all I know is I’ve met the vocalist a few times through Waa and that their band recently won Battle of The Band (plus a trip to London(!)). By the way, I hope I’m correct to say this but Lab Rat is the jamming studio, but LABRAT is the band. Ok? Clear? Good.

It was a good 2 hours of jamming for the guys. They were practising a song which is now stuck in my head. Waa, as close buddies as he is to me, still never fails to surprise me. I had no idea that he knew how to play the keyboard till today. Pft. What else do I not know Waa? He’s a bit rusted but with a few practice session, I think the keyboard will add some omph to the song.

And what did I do? Just listening, watching and snapping pictures. 50mm. F1.4. High ISO. Grainy, slightly blur but loving it!

Here are the pictures. Except for slight sharpening and vignetting, its raw aka unedited folks! I guess I just love the whole mood it gives.

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You’ll note that the last few shots are brighter. Well that’s because I used a flash – hmm, think I prefer the one’s without flash. There’s something about the mood it gives.

Oh yeah, and lastly, if you need to find out more about the LABRAT, stop by at their Myspace page here.

AJQ at Modestos

As mentioned in the previous post, I was invited by Adil of Adil Johan Quartet (or known as AJQ) to take some photos of him and his band. Thanks to my experience of following Hunny around for gigs, I knew the lighting would be a problem as soon as I heard from Adil that the stage lights switches back and forth between red, green and blue. Quicktip; if you guys want to give music photography a shot, the best place, in my opinion is Bangkok Jazz at Chulan Square. Out of all the locations I covered during Hunny’s gig tour in 2007, I found that Bangkok Jazz had the best lighting – main performer will be in focus without the all weird colors. Perhaps some photographers wouldn’t mind this, but trust me, editing those pictures can be a pain the you-know-what.

Anyhow, me and Mado (oh yeah.. Mado was there too to accompany me) manage our way through AJQ’s second set without any mishaps. On Mado’s suggestion, we dragged the boys to the hallway behind the restaurant to get a few well-exposed profile pictures. D0n’t get me wrong but the stage was too dark for me to get any decent shots of the bassist, pianist or drummer! So this hallway actually leads up to the toilet and hence you will see them in some of the shots below :P

I’ve edited quite a bunch, here’s just a few.

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I didn’t want to mess much with the colors. Just wanted it clean this time (this will make it easier should Adil would like to use the pictures on promotional posters) :)

Hunny Madu – EP Launch / Press Conference

I’m too exhausted to write about it (KL’s heat is draining up my energy). Just my favorite shot of the day for now.

Well, I’m still exhausted and the heat in KL is getting unbearable. But if I don’t blog now, I’ll have a backlog of things to write about because I have a lot to shoot in the upcoming days. Even by today, I’m already set back since I had a shoot with a band just a few hours ago. Sigh, time waits for no man indeed!

Let’s get on with the story shall we! Just a bit of background to begin with. I first met Ms Hunny Madu way back when were kids – our dads used to be in this Superbike gangs where they often organize trips around Malaysia during the holidays. I couldn’t remember much about the childhood days and we pretty much grew up not knowing about each other till a fateful evening sometime in mid 2007. I was reintroduced back again to Hunny through her brother whom I somehow bumped into while in the States. Hunny mentioned that she needed a photographer for her first ever gig at Bangkok Jazz. In short, Bangkok Jazz was a success – I took some (still is) of the best shots of Hunny and about one and half years later, I still am what Hunny say as her Official Photographer. :)

18 February 2009 was the date Hunny picked as her official EP Launch date. The CDfeatures 4 songs, all written by Hunny herself. And I’m not saying this because I’m her friend, but if you want to hear a combination of hip hop and jazz, GET THE CD! (Just between you and I, I’m one of her biggest fan. Seriously!).

The evening started out with the arrival of the guests consisting of the media, family and close(est) friends. While the guest lingered around waiting to be ushered in, I surveyed the stage and the location. It was my first time at No Black Tie despite being a Jazz enthusiast – so I was pretty much in awe by the wooden walls that covered the entire interior. Hunny’s managers, Hibat and Suraya (who run Beaming Stars) did a great job of preparing and co-ordinating the entire event. There were the posters and banners of Hunny, there were those press packs and there were also those cute honey packets. Let me just talk about the posters a bit. Suraya did an amazing amazing job – not only it had a nice big picture of Hunny, but it also had a cute section to credit the ‘sponsors’. And guess what, ena photography is one of them! I was so excited about it! I did not have a logo (and I still don’t) but Su manage to create a simple yet effective one. Thanks Su!

Ok ok.. I think I need to cut this short, but in all, here’s what happen:

Hunny performs 2 songs. Media listens to a playback of her CD. Hunny performs 1 song. Q&A session with Hunny.

The evening was brought livelier by her own brother/Fly FM DJ/2008 Most Eligible Bachelor nominee, Mr Hafiz. Poor abe (as what he’s referred to by his family and friends) had to rush back in the afternoon traffic jam after the PC ended since he was scheduled to go on air.

All in all, I think the event was a success. My gratitude goes to Hunny for having me around through out her journey as a hip hop jazz performer. If I’m not her OP, I’m not sure where I would be at this point of time. Honestly, many of photo assignments that I’ve taken up are initiated through Hunny’s friends and family.

If you’re interested in purchasing the CD and watching Hunny perform live, the following is the schedule for the EP Launch tour set to kickoff end of this month at Laundry, The Curve:

27 Feb 2009 – EP Tour Launch @Laundry Bar, The Curve

13 March 2009 – An Acoustic Jam @ The Apartment, KLCC

3 April 2009 – EP Gig @ Bangkok Jazz

1 May 2009 – Tour Finale @ No Black Tie

Now on to the pictures!

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And my favorite shot of the day:

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