In only the sequence of a year I saw my life take the most dramatic turns it has ever gone through. Experiences of love and loss, have been underscored by a highly eclectic soundtrack I made for myself this year. According to Spotify, this year my top artist was Lana Del Rey, whose Governors Ball set along with her release of Honeymoon warranted plenty of listening hours, Drake who also released a massive collaborative album with Future (long after his Jungle Tour hit NYC), along with more indie singers like Mitski and Waxahatchee (who I hope to photograph live in 2016). Speaking of Mitski, my most listened album of the year was “Bury Me at Makeout Creek”, which though it was released in late 2014, captured the essence of my year as a whole. The juxtaposition of romance and tragedy culminated into how I would define 2015 for me. On tracks like “Townie” the vivid lyricism of “I want a love that falls as fast as a body from the balcony” or even “First Love/Late Spring” recall moments of heartbreak and the pining for even the possibility to have one’s heart broken. For me, this is my 2015.
For my concert-going experience, I’ve seen venues, bands, and band members come and go. Sure, we lost spaces like Miami’s Grand Central, Massachusetts’ own Krill, and for me, many hours of sleep, but in their place we saw the rise of acts like Speedy Ortiz and Mac Demarco along with newcomers like PWR BTTM and Mal Devisa. This year also gave us plenty of releases to look forward to, like Mitski’s upcoming record, the return of Sky Ferreira, and of course Drake’s long awaited, proper LP “Views From the Six.”
Below are a series of photos from shows I have covered this year for UK NYC or my own personal portfolio. See you all in 2016 (or whenever Frank Ocean actually drops that second album).