I was first introduced to this rock cover band mid-summer 2015. I was shooting a Collective Soul concert and they were jamming on a second stage on the other side of the grounds. I was unable to get to their concert due to the overlap in timing, but I definitely heard it.
I didn't physically hear them jamming out to some of their performances of Aerosmith, Motley Crue, and Poison...I heard about it from the fans that bombarded my Facebook asking for their photos. I felt bad in that, they didn't exist. The photos were never taken. Even though shooting All Access with Collective Soul had been an amazing experience, I started wishing I had jetted over before their set was up.
So, instead of cutting my loses, I decided to follow-up with them at a local establishment, Lowery's Irish Pub. Lowery's is known for having amazing local talent come out and blaze the stage. I saw they were playing and quickly booked the date.
I arrived during sound check as I usually do. This is where I first met the individual bands members and got a great sense of their laid back personalities. I got to stand and talk with Beau, one of their guitarist, prior to setting up my gear. Overall just an amazingly nice and genuine group of guys.
They flew through sounds check as they are all seasoned players and know how to get it done. I then started scouting the stage for a good place to put my Nikon D7100 with a Tokina 11-16 f2.8 PRO Lens to capture the drummer. I found a great spot and set my tripod. It was cleared of all the cymbals. Checking my settings, exposures, and remote triggers for the camera, every things looked great.
The show started and I was blown away with their talent. They performed difficult songs perfectly an they all played beyond tight. Right After there starter, Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith, I wanted to so something a little different. I took a video as they started up "Smokin' in the Boys Room" by Motley Crue.
I recored a quick video and just laid some the images I took with my Nikon D610 and a Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 over them. The lights were changing and mixing quite a bit, so the images were best finished with a grunge finish.
I was blown away by how good these guys sounded live. A lot of times you hear a song on the radio and when you see the band live you wonder, "Who are these guys?" When you are learning by the radio versions, you tend to get a very polished sound.
Over all, Killer Pimps is a fun band with a solid sound and great people.
Here is the video and some stills. Be sure to subscribe for more photography tips, tricks, and cool stories.