Episode 14: Trapper Schoepp

I didn’t know who Trapper Schoepp and The Shades were until their music video for “Tracks” came out early this year. Their latest album Run, Engine, Run was re-released by Side One Dummy and it’s a terrific album! I’m glad I finally found out about Trapper and was honored to film him in some park (not sure there’s a name for it) near City Winery before his concert with Cory Chisel.

I arrived at City Winery a little early so was hanging out inside and enjoying the air conditioned room while Trapper soundchecked. We probably could have filmed inside but since it wasn’t raining at that moment, we decided to head outside. Trapper and I went around the block to a shaded park with checker board tables, homeless guys and pigeons.

Trapper wanted to try a new song “Settlin’ or Sleepin’ Around” which I didn’t know the name of it until a week later when Trapper told me what it was. I probably should have asked him what it was called then. It was definitely a fun song to hear and film and can’t wait to hear that on their next album. I requested to hear “Tracks,” but only if he wasn’t sick of playing it since I’m sure Trapper has been playing it for other video sites nonstop. He obliged and I was a happy guy.

Trapper headed back into the club while I took some more video around the small park. Afterwards, I caught his set at City Winery afterwards for the first time and was very much impressed. I’ll have to make it a point to see him perform with the full band (The Shades) next time they are back in New York. You can check out all my photos from his set at my photography website SkaPunkPhotos.com.

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Episode 9: Brad Mackeson

Singer/Songwriter Brad Mackeson is based in Nashville via Portland and recently played a show at Bowery Electric. I decided to meet up with Brad and his friends in a very packed Washington Square Park to film him play some songs off his new album 1945. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, it’s available to listen to on Spotify but I’d recommend buying this one!

The day was beautiful and finally glad I wasn’t filming in the frigid cold. The park was packed with other musicians, a guy playing a grand piano (how does he wheel that around?), skaters, and dogs. Brad started things off with “Rooftop” near the fountain in the park. It’s always fun filming in NYC because people just don’t care and walk around you while you’re filming something. I always wonder if people would notice Bruce Springsteen jamming in the park or not. After “Rooftop,” we moved to a quieter spot on a bench and he played “Late Nights and Gunfights.” Brad ended up playing a new song called “Love Dies Slow” after that! Finishing up the episode, Brad played a cover of the Bob Dylan/ George Harrison cover “If Not For You” near one of the statues in the park. I can’t believe I never heard this song before (maybe I have, who knows) but I had to listen to the original after that because I loved this song!

I originally wanted to film in Cooper Square but Washington Square Park is always an excellent place to film. You just have to contend with other musicians and barking dogs though. Brad was extremely nice and we talked about WWII, his new album 1945, and other things. I sadly missed Brad’s show at Bowery Electric but I’m hoping to catch his set next time he’s in town. If he stops by in your town, check out his set!

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Episode 6: Jerad Finck

Every time I film a session outside, I say it was the coldest its ever been. Well, this was definitely the case this time! I met up with singer/songwriter Jerad Finck at The Highline Ballroom on 16th street and then walked down 2 blocks to the little park near the Apple Store. The temperatures felt like they were in the teens or lower. The major problem that night was the wind, which you’ll unfortunately hear in the audio at times.

At one point towards the end, a huge wind gust came through and we were all cringing and kind of laughing at the same time. I think my arms were frozen for the second song too, because I forgot to focus at one point haha. So in a way, the second track is my outtake. It was freezing out, but what do you expect trying to film outside in February. I didn’t want to film inside though. Next time it’s that windy, I need to get some windscreen thing for the lav mic. If there are any audio people out there and have a better idea on how to get rid of this wind, let me know!

Jerad performed the songs “Won’t Give Up” and “Stuck in Your Riddle,” which are off his awesome EP Stuck in Your Riddle on Rock Ridge Music. You can get that on iTunes or Amazon.com.

Jerad Finck was a trooper for putting up with the cold; good thing he didn’t perform barefooted like he normally does. Talk about frostbite! Be sure to check out Jerad live, which you can see some of my photos I took during his set at Highline Ballroom. You can see the rest of them at my photography website SkaPunkPhotos.com.

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Episode 5: Roses and Revolutions

Roses and Revolutions consists of Singer/Songwriter duo Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt from Rochester, NY. They recently played [music venue] on the Lower East Side, where I’ve shot the last few episodes of Before The Concert. I decided to brave the frigid air with the band and film them performing on the corner of Stanton Street and Allen Street.

They played short renditions of “Home” and “Moving On.” The duo sometimes play with cellists and percussionists as well, which they did that night at [music venue]. While filming the band, during the talking portion of the video, you’ll hear someone scream out something. No idea what the biker is saying but sounds like he’s trying to plug a restaurant. Only in New York, and happens just about every time I film on the street. I would expect nothing less from New Yorkers.

Thanks to Roses and Revolutions (Alyssa and Matt) for staying out in the cold for a few minutes with me. They are from Rochester so they can handle it better than I can. It was a lot of fun despite my legs buckling from the cold! Burrrrrrr.

Be sure to check out their latest album Earth and Everything on iTunes or Amazon.com.

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Episode 3: Nick Gill – The Outtakes

Before The Concert premiered Episode 3 with Nick Gill earlier this week and I hope you enjoyed it! While filming, you’re bound to have some screw ups and I particularly love watching those clips so why not have one myself?

I already did an outtake reel for Episode 1 with my buddy Frank Froese, so now we have one with Nick Gill. It’s just a quick 2 minute clip featuring Nick trying to perform in NYC in the cold. We got people screaming at him, passer-bys coming by to chat and other things. If you enjoyed Episode 3, check this out!

Episode 3: Nick Gill

As soon as I heard Nick Gill’s new album Waves Are Only Water, I knew he would be a great fit for Before The Concert. When I found out he was going to be in New York City for a show at [music venue], I got in touch with Nick to meet up for a quick session.

Nick Gill is a singer/songwriter from Alabama (who lives in Nashville) and has a unique voice. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t listen to at least one song from him. After meeting up on Allen St., I thought it would be cool just to film in the bike path/walking area on Allen St. I scouted out that section on Google Maps and it proved to be a nice spot where cars go by and gave a nice New York City feel to it.

I filmed Nick performing “By The Way,” which is also my favorite from him. It was cold outside so we only filmed one song. I’m just happy it wasn’t as cold as it was the next day, then I don’t know what we would have done if we couldn’t film outside. I would have liked to have filmed more songs but perhaps another time when it’s warmer outside.

At one point, Nick was trying to perform the song and couldn’t hold in the laughter when a bike rider shouted out to him. So look out for a quick outtake clip coming soon.

Thanks to Nick Gill for being a sport and performing in the cold!

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