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Samoans at the Beeb

January 12, 2013

Back in December I managed to worm my way into the BBC to photograph a live session for Bethan Elfyn’s show from Samoans, who I also managed to worm my way in to Reading and Leeds festival with back in the Summer.  It’s great being able to build a relationship with a band where they feel comfortable with you taking photos at any given time, and my relationship with Samoans is exactly that sort of relationship.

 

18th December was a long day for the guys at the BBC, recording sessions with The School (another one of those bands I’ve built a great working relationship with) and I think Cut Ribbbons (but don’t quote me on that) before Samoans headed in for their session.

I’d been looking forward to doing this as soon as I found out about it, mainly because I thought it would be a great way to bookend my year, with sessions for Bethan by two of my favourite bands, having photographed Kutosis there earlier in the year, and with Samoans playing a gig the night before everyone was really up for it.

 

Photographing in this particular studio is a bit awkward- it’s a big room with lots of walls and lots of obstacles of varous colours so it’s not ideal for setting lights up anywhere, plus the drums are recorded in a small room within the room so the photos were a mix of some taken in just available light and (most with) flash.

The band played four songs, Catamaran, Secret Sixth and Brothers/ Blisters as well as an exclusive recording of their forthcoming single, Antlers. You can listen to the session live on Bethan’s show from 8 o’clock tonight on BBC Radio Wales, then go and buy Samoans debut EP, Elevated Reflections from http://samoanstheband.bandcamp.com/ or Spillers Records if you’re in/ around Cardiff.

 

 

 

 

Checking phones upon arriving in the green room while The School clear out of the studio.

Checking phones upon arriving in the green room while The School clear out of the studio.

Waiting for some PAT tests

Waiting for some PAT tests

Chris Rouse setting up his drums in his own little room.

Chris Rouse setting up his drums in his own little room.

Calvin soundchecking

Calvin soundchecking

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Chris getting used to his new box room

Chris getting used to his new box room

Dan

Dan

Chris

Chris

samoans bbc session (11 of 48)

visitors

visitors

samoans bbc session (15 of 48)

samoans bbc session (18 of 48)

taking a break...

taking a break…

instrument swap

instrument swap

guitar lessons

guitar lessons

samoans bbc session (24 of 48)

samoans bbc session (25 of 48)

DFA1979

DFA1979

listening back to the first recording.

listening back to the first recording.

Discussions.

Discussions.

samoans bbc session (33 of 48)

samoans bbc session (34 of 48)

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samoans bbc session (38 of 48)

Chris with some sound effects prop things, used for tv and radio shows.

Chris with some sound effects prop things, used for tv and radio shows.

another listen back.

another listen back.

samoans bbc session (42 of 48)

samoans bbc session (43 of 48)

samoans bbc session (44 of 48)

samoans bbc session (45 of 48)

samoans bbc session (46 of 48)

belated Christmas greetings from Samoans.

belated Christmas greetings from Samoans.

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