It was an over the top excitement when you’re told that your request to cover one of your favourite band’s show as your first stage photography assignment -from your favourite magazine- has been granted.
My first assignment from Rolling Stone Indonesia (RSI) was to take some photos of Kylesa’s performance at Rossi Musik, Jakarta (04/13/2014). Kylesa, an American sludge-psychedelic metal band from Savannah, Georgia that I have known and followed since their crushing 2009 album, Static Tensions, got a review -written by the same person who interviewed them that night, managing editor Ricky Siahaan- published in Rolling Stone Indonesia. This band has evolved so much from the first time I heard their music, and as a fan, they always have something new to amaze me .
The assignment itself was originally intended to be just a documentation of Kylesa’s onstage perfomance. It turns out that RSI wanted to do an interview with them, and so, a photo featuring the band is needed. Since the photographer used to do that spesific job was not available, they entrusted the task to me. Pure luck, but I am glad that I made it.
Big thanks to the editors of Rolling Stone Indonesia, especially photo editor Bayu Adhitya.