“Capturing Music: A Music Photography Seminar”

After a busy year culminating with shoots for Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, Motionless in White, The Misfits, GWAR, Arsis and Epica, spreads in Alternative Press Magazine, Revolver Magazine AND Outburn Magazine, as well as time well spent raising over $1,500 for late Suicide Silence singer Mitch Lucker’s daughter Kenadee with a legacy print series (all proceeds went to Kenadee’s education fund), JEREMY SAFFER can now announce the new dates for his first west coast music photography seminar in conjunction with SoundCheck Hollywood.

The seminar will take place on February 9th and 10th at Soundcheck Hollywood, located at 8872 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA.

SEMINAR DETAILS:
The two-day seminar and workshop will focus on portrait work with musicians and will cover the entire process—from setting up the photo shoot, scouting locations, posing, different types of lighting and lighting equipment for different situations, shooting endorsements, promotional images, CD layouts, and magazine layouts, to walking attendees through the process of what to do post-shoot, invoicing, getting repeat business, and even how to price yourself. Many other business aspects of being a professional photographer within the music industry will be discussed.

The first day will be the official seminar day, where all of the above is taught in the morning, as well as a lightroom and photoshop post processing tutorial. In the afternoon of day one, attendees will complete mock-photo shoots experimenting with different types of lighting equipment, lighting set-ups, poses, etc. Jeremy has also expanded the music photography business section even more, and will also include private portfolio critique for attendees that specifically request it.

On the second day of the seminar, attendees will experience a hands-on photo shoot of special guest bands done first by Jeremy (as a real-life example), and next by themselves! Attendees will take over and complete a real photo shoot with the band in various locations.

Hopeful attendees must act now; there are only 10 tickets available to this seminar!

On February 9th at 6pm, SoundCheck Hollywood will re-open to the public for a brief meet and greet/signing where Jeremy will be signing his copies of his book Bring The Noise and will have exclusive limited edition prints available for purchase at a special one-time only price.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.jeremysaffer.com/soundcheckseminar.

Stick to Your Guns Has Proof Positive Message for Pittsburgh

Stick to Your Guns is one of the bands that gets into your head, settles in, and plans to stay for a long, long time. With a positive vibe and a punk/hardcore sound it’s hard not to absolutely fall in love with everything these guys put forth. STYG has played with a diverse group of bands like Motley Crue, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Terror and H20. The momentum has continued for the band who has joined Motionless in White on tour; which is where we caught up with them in Pittsburgh. Though the bands differ in style, they compliment each other immensely. The straight forward OC-punk-hardcore band even had its guitarist join Motionless on stage in full make up to play a song on previous shows.

STYG’s set was fast, intense, and completely had the crowd going insane. Only into the first song, the crowd surfers accidently hit the bank of overhead stage lights and the place went dark. The band kept at it with full ferocity as the guys at the Ironworks stage-dove themselves up to the lighting rig to fix it. The sold out capacity crowd was packed to every corner, spilling out onto the stage, and screaming their lungs out, and having the time of their lives. Jesse made sure that all the fans were feeling alright and understood that even in the wake of the days tragic new of the Sandy Hook shooting that they all had the power to change things, that we were all together for a reason, and part of that reason was the love of the music we had before us. PMM has to tell you that we spent a lot of time with Josh (guitar) and he is such an awesome guy- friendly, humble, funny, and just absolutely cool on all levels. We were really impressed by his guitar work and stage presence throughout the entire evening. PMM can’t thank him enough for being such an amazing host. That’s not to say Jesse was not incredibly gracious, welcoming, and funny as well. These guys are just so uplifting and making all the right moves. Their charity work is an example to be set to all and our heart goes out to Jesse’s loss, for he grew up with Mitch Lucker (see below for The Keeping Warm in a Cold World Event). The sheer vocal power that protrudes from Jesse is not only impressive but awe inspiring a times. The rest of the crew, George, Chris, and Andrew are incredibly cool dudes as well and are so great with all of their fans as well as their performance. PMM can’t wait to have them back in Pittsburgh in July on The Vans Warped Tour.

Right now the band is putting out a 3-part mini series about “fitness on tour” for Alternative Press (check it out here). They have a lot of big projects in the works. In January, they will put on the 3rd Annual Keeping Warm in a Cold World- a two day event created by STYG to give back. All proceeds go to charity. This year the funds will go to a trust for the daughter of the late Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence.

Check out their video for the single We Still Believe. It features band members from The Ghost Inside, Sleeping Giant and Motionless in White.

The video for Against Them All features friends of the late Sam Perkins, a STYG fan who died of brain cancer. (link to the article on the whole story)

A bit more on Stick to Your Guns:
Jesse Barnett (vocals) was inspired to form a band that provided him with a medium to project his views and reflect his musical influences. Through the years he has brought a stable of accomplished musicians on board that bring with them the punk-hardcore passion Jesse has always possessed. STYG’s line up reads as a who’s who of punk/hardcore. Chris Rawson (Walls of Jericho) joined the band in 2009. Last year, the band added Josh James.
Stick To Your Guns has long been known in the punk-hardcore community. After four albums, many worldwide tours and legions of followers, the band delivered the most important effort of its career in 2012 with the much anticipated album, Diamond. Their songwriting has distinctively developed and matured. Diamond delivers a message of inspiration that anyone can relate to.

The genre-bending album debuted on the Billboard charts making it to #1 on the Heetseekers chart, placing 11 for Hard Rock Albums, 30 for Rock Albums and 116 on the coveted BILLBOARD 200.

The sudden upturn in popularity could spoil a band, but they are nothing less than gracious. Now more than ever, they seek to inject more than entertainment into their fans’ minds. They see their success as an opportunity to inspire more people with their positive message. The band often speaks to those that feel lost or discarded. “Every person on this earth is searching for who they are, where they belong and ways that they can express themselves,” said frontman Jesse Barnett.
“Diamond, is an insight to the way we view the world-the good and the bad. This is an amazing place we live in. There’s so much mystery about our existence. It fascinates the hell out of us-the pain people go through, the good people do,” Barnett said. “It’s important for all of us to understand that we all are all of those things. What’s inside of you is what’s happening outside in the world. We can’t look at everything that’s going on around us and think that we are disconnected.”
“We try to live the words we speak,” Barnett added. “We give back any moment we can. We’re not perfect-far from it, but what helps more than anything is when a kid says to us, ‘Hey man, my life was a wreck. I was in a downward spiral, and this bands music has picked me up’….This has become more than just a band for us.”

Within a mere few months of the album’s release, they have received dozens of photos of freshly inked Diamond tattoos. STICK TO YOUR GUNS has truly become more than a band, they have evolved into a movement.

Keeping Warm in a Cold World- STYG will host the 3rd Annual Keeping Warm in a Cold World- a two day event created by STYG to give back to those trying to make the world a better place. All proceeds go to charity. This year the funds will go to a trust for the daughter of the late Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence.

1 /4 Rancho Cucamonga, CA Nitty Gritty

1/5 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction

Persistence Tour –STYG will join Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, H2O, The Accacia Strain and more for the widely popular European Tour.

Stick to Your Guns will join the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. The announcement was made Friday, during Fuse TV’s new show, Warped Roadies.

“We’re stoked to be a part of something that has been such a big part of all of our lives growing up,” said frontman Jesse Barnett. “This band continues to take us places that we never thought we’d go, and we are proud, overwhelmed and very honored.”

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Jesse and Josh of STYG with PMM video correspondent Rea
Jesse and Josh of STYG with PMM video correspondent Rea

Suicide Silence Create Memorial Fund in Memory of Singer

Suicide Silence has set up a memorial fund in vocalist Mitch Lucker’s memory. The money will go to Lucker’s daughter, Kenadee, for an education fund. Suicide Silence stated, “We thank you for your continued love & support through this devastating time.”

Those who donate $20 (or more) will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
People who donate at least $5 will get their name on a tribute page on the band’s website in the near future. Please go here to donate.

Update on Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence Singer, Dies in Crash

from http://www.pe.com:

BY VANESSA FRANKO AND JOHN ASBURY STAFF WRITERS vfranko@pe.com | jasbury@pe.com
Published: 01 November 2012 10:23 AM

Lucker, 28, was riding his black 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle in Huntington Beach, where he lives, about 8:55 p.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the city’s Police Department. He lost control, collided with a light pole at the intersection of Main and 13th streets, and was ejected.
The motorcycle kept moving, and hit a Nissan Titan pickup. The truck’s occupants were not injured, nor were nearby trick-or-treaters, police said.

Lucker was seriously injured and was treated on scene by paramedics, then taken to UCI Medical Center. According to the Orange County coroner’s office, he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:17 a.m. Thursday.
The investigation into the cause of the collision or whether alcohol was a factor is ongoing, police said.
“There’s no easy way to say this,” the band said in a statement on its Facebook page. “Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.”
Lucker lived in Riverside from the time he started kindergarten until he was 21. Suicide Silence formed a decade ago from friends who knew each other in the local music scene, playing venues such as the now-defunct Showcase Theatre in Corona.

Greg Lucker, the singer’s uncle, who lives in Murrieta, had photographed Suicide Silence on stage. He said Thursday that before one show in Las Vegas, he saw his nephew on the side of the stage, getting pumped up for the performance.
“He looked over and he saw me and for that split second, he became Mitchell, that little boy,” Greg Lucker said.
A moment later, the singer was back into his onstage persona: a dynamic performer who bounded across the stage, contorting his face to sing the band’s gritty vocals.
The band’s debut album, “The Cleansing,” came out in 2007 and was followed by two other albums, including 2011’s “The Black Crown,” which was written in Big Bear.
Suicide Silence toured on the Mayhem Festival in 2008 and 2011 and earned two consecutive Revolver Golden Gods Awards, for most innovative band and best new band.
“We wanted to make this aggressive, heavy or fast music. It’s fun to play; it’s something to do on a summer’s night, because there’s nothing to do. It’s like, ‘Yeah, let’s have a show.’ That means everyone gets together,” Lucker said in a 2011 interview with The Press-Enterprise.

The news of Lucker’s death, spread quickly through social media, with “R.I.P. Mitch Lucker” and Suicide Silence trending on Twitter. A number of Inland musicians in the metal scene and beyond also reached out on social media.
“We’ve seen this band go from opening up at the Showcase in Corona to blowing up worldwide! Rest In Peace brother. Our condolences to his family,” Inland metal band Sangre posted on Facebook.
Lucker is survived by his wife, Jolie, and 5-year-old daughter, Kenadee. His father, Kip Lucker, is a Riverside resident. He also survived by his brothers, Cliff and Kelton, and his mother, Denise.

reported earlier -from http://news.lalate.com

Mitch Lucker is dead at 28, claims local news. The Suicide Silence singer purportedly died in a crash overnight, reports Press Enterprise. The death was reported earlier this morning November 1, 2012 by the Riverside based newspaper. No confirmation, however, has yet to be given by the band or its members.

The Riverside Press Enterprise Newspaper is reporting that Lucker purportedly died in a motorcycle crash last night. Officials tell news that Lucker was allegedly hospitalized after the crash which erupted shortly before 9 pm on Halloween.

Lucker was purportedly transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange County after the crash. The Orange County Coroner’s Office, however, reportedly confirmed to news today that Lucker died at 6:17 am. Family members have yet to confirm the same to news.

The band’s next appearance was set for California Metalfest VI later this month. No changes have yet to be announced about that concert date. Metal Injection reports that Lucker leaves behind behind a daughter, Kenadee Lucker.

Mitch Lucker’s last reported tweet was Wednesday evening. In it, he said “the dead are living”. With the tweet, he shared an Instagram photo of him dressed up for Halloween.

HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD SPORTS Video and Updates; List of Music Events at CLUB CRIMSON

Spread across 23 acres, HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD SPORTS is located just outside Los Angeles, CA. Consisting of four themed mazes, two Killhouses, a full bar – Club Crimson, two scarezones, a ‘freak show’ and a number of additional activities, the park has made a few changes since it’s opening weekend. General admission to the park is now only $25 and Killhouse prices have been slashed in half, now only $5 per house, per time. Haunt outlet Theme Park Adventure came through on opening weekend and has posted a video showcasing a handful of our creepy characters.

One of the few haunted attractions to offers a full bar to 21+ patrons, CLUB CRIMSON is a 2-story club facility located inside the park, built with actual props from the movie “The Haunting”. At no extra cost, the club offers music, dancing, outdoor smoking patios and more. Below is a list of scheduled meet and greets and DJ appearances, with more to be announced. General admission to the park will be only $10 with a printed out flyer for that night’s CLUB CRIMSON event. Flyers are located on each night’s Facebook Event Page listed below. The specialty drink menu can also be seen here.

Friday, 10/12 – EYES SET TO KILL / CENTURY MEDIA Night
http://www.facebook.com/events/421679277880995/
-EYES SET TO KILL Meet and Greet @ 9:00 PM (All Ages)
-Special Guest DJ CISKO of EYES SET TO KILL
-CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS Booth

Saturday, 10/13 – DAS BUNKER Night
https://www.facebook.com/events/444992612219267/
-Los Angeles Nightclub DAS BUNKER takes over CLUB CRIMSON
-Special Guest DJ’s include TRAUMA, REV. JOHN, FRANCK H-BOMB and RONAN HARRIS of VNV NATION

Friday, 10/19 – SUICIDE SILENCE Night
-Mitch Lucker of SUICIDE SILENCE’s birthday party
-Special Guest DJ’s MITCH LUCKER and ALEX LOPEZ of SUICIDE SILENCE

Saturday, 10/20 – BURNING ANGEL / LIP SERVICE Night
http://www.facebook.com/events/460800277298221/
-Meet and Greet with the ladies of BURNING ANGEL, including JOANNA ANGEL and JESSIE LEE
-Special Guest DJ VIC NUNEZ of INKED TILL DEATH
-LIP SERVICE Booth (located in the Dark Market)
-KROQ Booth

Thursday, 10/25 – BUTCHER BABIES / BRANVILLE Night
– BUTCHER BABIES Meet and Greet
-Special Guest DJ’s BVILLIAN and MIKEALIS
-BRANVILLE Booth

Wednesday, 10/31
-Special Guest DJ’s NERO BELLUM of PSYCLON NINE and KRISTOF BATHORY of DAWN OF ASHES