Greetings! With 2014 quickly coming to a close, we wanted to find a unique way to present the best moments in music from the previous year to our readers without falling into the stereotypical routine of posting list after list detailing events and releases we never covered in the first place. We don’t really weigh in on music in general, so why try and do so now?
After much thought and debate, we settled on a new concept that we think everyone enjoy. Together with a group of our favorite music photographers, we have compiled a collection of images that showcase some of the best and most intimate moments in music from 2014. The images shared in this series were chosen by the photographers who captured them, and the only guidelines they were given was to choose the one image that meant the most to them. Some included an explanation for their photos, while others did not, but everyone chose images that are sure to linger in your mind for days to come.
This image means the world to me. This is an image of Derek of Mayday Parade (alternative rock band-frontman) sleeping in his bunk on our tour bus on the last day of our tour in Orlando in 2014. Throughout the last couple years of touring and traveling with this band, I’ve seen it all. They’ve taken me across the world to places I never even heard of to watch and document them playing music. We’ve hiked mountains, played with koalas, taken photos all over historic places in England, have stayed up till 5am drinking wine on a hill in front of the Coliseum, one of the members getting married, and even lived in a house with them as they wrote and recorded multiple records. The growth and creativeness of Mayday Parade have led me to who I am today with my art and personality. They’ve showed me what I love, and who I truly am.
I took this photo of Derek sleeping because it was the end of my second full record cycle with the band. They are about to write album #5 and taking some time off on the road after the recording process. I am not fully sure if I will return so I wanted this last photo ever taken of them to mean something special. I’ve documented them everywhere, except where they rest. It may mean that I am putting this long term project to sleep, or it may mean some time apart from the band. Who knows. But it will forever be one of my favorites taken until I head back out with them again.
Thomas Falcone is a professional music photographer whose work has appeared in a number of influential publications. He shares work regularly on Twitter and Facebook, so if you like what you see above we highly encourage you to follow him on other networks. We hope to share more of Thomas’ work in the months to come.
James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.