Behind the Scenes Photos: Matt DeBruycker
Every year, we have the fortune to work with Strathmore in creating a collection of marketing assets for their AIR music program. Over the course of two days, we collaborate hand-in-hand with the participating musicians and mentors in creating the images. Showcased in this post is just a small sample of this year’s collection. All of the images are created within various locations in and around the Strathmore Mansion, the intimate home of the AIR music program. The Mansion also doubles as a music venue for the artists to perform and showcase their talents. You can learn more about the program, artists, & mentors here.
Creating images with The Five One was a definite highlight in 2011. Not only was this project a blast… but we pulled it off at one of my favorite spots in the DMV area… Union 206 Studio. The Five One’s musical influences range from legendary rock artists to the most iconic figures in hip-hop culture. Although their sound is refreshing, the most meaningful aspect behind the quartet is their concept… REVALULION [rev-uh-loo-lee-n]
Revalulion, a philosophical term coined by the band, is the action of personifying oneself as a color. Defined only by the color in their closets, The Five One (Red, Blue, Green, and Gold) search for freedom from the complexities of social identity. You can learn more about The Five One @ http://www.myspace.com/thefiveone
I recently had the opportunity to work with record producer & musician, Don Zientara. Don is founder & owner of Arlington based recording studio, Inner Ear. The studio is deeply embedded in the DC music scene & has been in operation for over 25 years. Over time, Don has recorded virtually all of DC’s most widely recognized and acclaimed bands including: Minor Threat, Rites Of Spring, Fugazi, The Dismemberment Plan, Q & Not U, and Black Eyes.
My crew & I enjoyed our time at Inner Ear. The studio is blanketed in eye candy including… album covers, eclectic art, & old photographs. The history is plentiful & Don was full of smiles as he shared it with us.
If you’re a fan of Hot 99.5… then you’re most likely familiar with the 4 characters who make up ‘The Kane Show‘… Kane, Sarah, Samy, & Eric. I’ve had the opportunity to work with this cast on a few occasions… & it’s always a blast! Recently… we hooked up to collaborate on the cover image for Northern Virginia Magazine‘s “Out on the Town” issue. A camera crew was there to document all the fun.
Many ‘THANKS’ to the cast & crew for working so hard to pull this together… & of course…a big ‘THANKS’ to Spider Kelly’s for opening up their doors to us.
Acclaimed author Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio’s longtime “voice of books,” is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, and the memoir Fall Out of Heaven. As a book commentator, Cheuse is a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Idaho Review, and The Southern Review, among other places. 
We met up with Hux at his modest home/studio where he vents his creative energy amongst a tapestry of fine art, music memorabilia, and (most notably) his collection of vintage guitars. Having recorded 8 full-length albums, the singer/songwriter just released his latest entitled…
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