While photographing huge concerts at the big clubs and venues can be a lot of fun, the part of music photography I really love is getting a chance to squeeze into small rehearsal spaces, and watch musicians jam, explore, and find new sounds and grooves. Eric Mayson has played with Caroline Smith, Lizzo, P.O.S, and Toki Wright & Big Cats among a long list of other artists. Last week he released his first solo project, a collaboration with a number of local artists he's worked with on other projects, but this time focused on creating a pair of 20min jams released as an A and B side tape (and digital). Local writer, Eric Thompson, interviewed Mayson for a profile piece for The Current, and I jumped on the opportunity to make some photos to accompany the piece.
I met Eric at his rehearsal space in NE Minneapolis. As I walked in, I heard the funky sounds of his keyboard spilling out of a small room just inside the front door. Eric was rehearsing for his release show at First Avenue's 7th St Entry with bass player Jesse Schuster. I felt lucky to squeeze into the small room, and hang as they worked on a new groove. After capturing some candid rehearsal images, and a nice front stoop hang, I had Eric pose for a few more formal portraits, finding beautiful window light just in the foyer of the building, and also in his rehearsal space. It was really nice to take a full two hours for the shoot, having lots of time to just hang and listen to the music. It lead to a even more comfortable shoot when it was time to do the portraits.