Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.
Chad Rieder's work is often featured at Twin Cities Daily Planet and Reviler, but also shows up frequently on his own regularly updated blog. There, he posts recaps of the concerts along with the pictures, to add his two cents on what he's just captured.
Name: Chad Rieder
How and when did you get involved with music photography?
I am entirely self-taught, and in 2006 my love of music and photography crossed paths when I started taking my camera to local shows like Trampled by Turtles and Charlie Parr. I built up a good little portfolio, and in 2007 Wilco gave me my first photo pass, which was an incredible honor. I haven't looked back since.
What are some highlights of your professional photography experience?
That Wilco photo pass gave me a huge boost of confidence. Liam Gallagher of Oasis flipped me the bird once, which I'm pretty sure was his way of saying hello. I really appreciated when former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak emailed me a few years ago saying that he was a fan of my work. Photographing Tom Petty last summer was also a tremendous honor.
Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?
I've been published in NYLON Magazine, and in the websites of Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Umphrey's McGee. A handful of artists have used my photos in their album packaging. I also contribute regularly to Twin Cities Daily Planet, Reviler, and of course my own blog.
What is your favorite part of doing music photography?
My favorite part of doing music photography is trying to get the perfect shot. I always enjoy shooting shows and sharing my photography, but a few times a year being in that small space between the crowd and the artist can be absolutely exhilarating. This happens when the lighting is good, and an amazing band is just feet away, while the bass beneath the stage is rattling my soul, and the crowd energy from behind is so electric that it feels like it's raising my hair. There is an indescribable feeling of being in rhythm with this, and looking through the lens knowing I am nailing the shot. Live music photography is challenging and it's rare that it all comes together to that extent. But when it does, and I can go home and share and archive these captured moments of time that I am proud of, it makes me very happy.
What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?
Ask questions, practice, and always try to be better. Respect the process and the people around you, but get the shot. Shoot RAW. And late-night edits are oftentimes a great idea -- when the music is still alive and buzzing inside of you.
I really want to photograph Foo Fighters. \m/ My website.
Kasey Jean Noll