“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.

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.

THE DEVASTATED Premieres New Track; Announces New Tour Dates and New Bassist

Since the release of their debut album Devil’s Messenger earlier this year, THE DEVASTATED has stayed busy on the road playing dates with Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, The Browning and more. Now, the band has teamed up with StuffYouWillHate.com to premiere a new song titled “Grate Minds,” which can be heard here. In addition, THE DEVASTATED will be playing four shows at the end of this month.

The Devastated comments, “Happy Holidays everyone! With what has been an eventful 2012 for The Devastated, we would like to wind down the year with a few exciting announcements. First and foremost, we are very pleased to announce the addition of our new bassist David Sittig (Impending Doom). David has been a close friend of ours for many years and we are proud to have him aboard. With that, we would also like to announce a Holiday mini-tour December 27-30 with Polarization and Wrath of Vesuvius. These will be David’s first shows with The Devastated, so please come out and show some love. On a final note, we would like to leave you with our Latest track ‘Grate Minds’, a B-side recorded during the same time as our debut record ‘Devil’s Messenger.’ Enjoy! You can expect many exciting things from us in the New Year, so keep your eyes and ears open. Have a safe Holiday season and we’ll see you all very soon.”

Outburn Magazine gave Devil’s Messenger a 9 out of 10 rating, saying that “Unlike other bands focusing on groove, The Devastated’s well crafted riffs and songs stay with you, entering your eardrums, gnawing on your gray matter, and leaving an indelible impression,” while Lexington Music Press explained, “What The Devastated have accomplished with Devil’s Messenger is what too many young bands wish to achieve but never measure up.” The music video for “Roof Top Panty Drop” can be seen below along with the music video for the self-titled track “Devil’s Messenger”.

Headlining Tour Dates:
12/27/12 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
12/28/12 – Reno, NV @ JubJubs
12/29/12 – Modesto, CA @ St. Clair Theater
12/30/12 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe

Affiance’s ‘The Campaign’ Has Killer Week- See Them Live in PGH 12/12

The new Affiance album “The Campaign” has had a successful first week! Some great sales numbers have charted them at #7 Heatseekers, #7 Top New Artist, #37 Top Hard Albums, and #53 Top Indie Albums. Singer Dennis Tvrdik commented, “We are absolutely stoked that we charted on Billboard! Our fans are insanely supportive and believe in us not only as a band but as people. Thank you to everyone who bought The Campaign. We are forever grateful!”

The band just premiered their first music video from “The Campaign”! The video is for the opening track “Kings Of Deceit” and shows the band performing as well as newsworthy moments from the last few decades. The song also features Dustin Davidson from August Burns Red (courtesy of Solid State) who gives a great vocal performance!

“We were really excited to do a serious and dark video since our biggest video is us running around in our pajamas and playing a video game. This video is for the first track on the album and we wanted to start ‘The Campaign’ off by calling out the media and the powerful who orchestrate and manipulate the biggest events throughout modern history. It also shows a different side of us than our ‘Call To The Warrior’ video. You know us as easy going, good time dudes, but we are also dead serious about making positive change in the world around us.” – Dennis Tvrdik (Vocals)

Dennis Tvrdik commented on the new album (Produced by Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio who has recently finished records for August Burns Red, Texas In July), “The Campaign is multiple levels above No Secret Revealed in every area. The vocals, the drums, the guitars, the recording quality, the song structure, the variety… We couldn’t be happier or more confident with a sophomore album. It almost feels like we skipped a release between the two albums! There is not a doubt in my mind that this will be a game changer for us and will open many doors to opportunities otherwise closed off from us.”

Affiance recently appeared AS A CARTOON (yes, a cartoon) in a new interview with South Africa’s MK Ondergrond! The interview appeared on national SA television but can be seen on YouTube along with recent interviews with In Flames and The Used. Singer Dennis Tvrdik talks about their hometown of Cleveland, the metal and hardcore scenes, touring, music videos, and more. They have also recently been featured in Hails And Horns Magazine and have features coming in the next issue of Outburn Magazine and more!

The guys launched their new music video for “Nostra Culpa” this Spring and it is available on YouTube! The video showcases the band doing what they do best, and that is performing LIVE. Check them out in front of a packed headlining set at Peabody’s in their hometown of Cleveland! Of course if you haven’t seen their groundbreaking music video for “Call To The Warrior” (650,000+ views), you need to watch it immediately!

Affiance have recently wrapped up US tours with Memphis May Fire, Close Your Eyes, Serianna, Modern Day Escape, The Color Morale, Stray From The Path, Vanna, This Or The Apocalypse and Deception Of A Ghost. They will be direct support to CHIMAIRA on December 29th at House Of Blues in Cleveland!

Affiance w/ Everyone Dies In Utah, Deception Of A Ghost, Sirens & Sailors:

Nov 21 – Tacoma, WA – The Loch’s
Nov 22 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Nov 23 – Medford, OR – The Wreckroom
Nov 24 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk
Nov 25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Pirate Bar
Nov 26 – West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
Nov 28 – Las Vegas, NV – The Box Office
Nov 29 – Tempe, AZ – Rocky Point Cantina
Nov 30 – El Paso, TX – The Spot
Dec 01 – Roswell, NM – The Unity Center
Dec 02 – San Antonio, TX – Korova

Affiance w/ Deception Of A Ghost, Sirens & Sailors:

Dec 03 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
Dec 05 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
Dec 06 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick
Dec 08 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Dec 09 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
Dec 11 – Charlotte, NC – Treamont Music Hall
Dec 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
Dec 13 – Towson, MD – Recher Theater
Dec 14 – Middletown, NY – Sound Asylum

Affiance w/ CHIMAIRA!
Dec 29 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues