I’ve been reading this book “Switched on Pop” by Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding. They have a podcast too, of the same name. This book is helping me appreciate pop music at a deeper level. At least appreciating the structure.
I heard a lot of structure this night. It’s interesting to investigate pop structurally while tuning the ears. Doing the deeper research helped me appreciate how these two pop artists are constructing their music.
I could hear an intelligence to the structure of Alma’s tunes and I hoped to catch a few decent images, but whoa! was the light terrible for us concert photographers, practically black, with a little strobing. Sure enough, after the designated three songs we were all given permission to shoot, the lights went up for song four. I understand that the artist might like to start their set in total darkness to create a mood, even three songs worth. So this is why I suggest to have the photographers enter the pit after the total darkness when the lights go on. Repeat: When the lights go on.
This evening I brought three Canon EOS 5D Mark IVs, with lenses EF 14mm f/2.8 L USM, Lens EF 16-35 f/2.8 LII USM and Lens 24-70 f/2.8 L USM. The exposure setting for Alma was 1/250 sec; f/4.0 ISO 12800.
Then Tove Lo broke onto the set and what a great performance! I took special notice of how they put together the stage with the musicians on risers high on the sides creating a large dance area in the center for Tove Lo to do her stuff. Here the lighting was great. I can see how this set up would translate to any stage size for a superb presentation. My intuition tells me that both these artists are going to go very far. And not to miss Tove Lo the next time she swings by. Settings for Tove Lo were 1/250 sec; f/4.0; ISO 5000.