Photographing Radio Rivals

Who are Radio Rivals you may be wondering. Well Radio Rivals are a Preston based 4 piece Hip- Hop/Rock band. I know them through my fiend Michael who also happens to be the sampler in the band.  Radio Rivals are made up of Nathan (aka Rival Technique), Rapper/MC, Cooko, Guitar/Bassist, Michael, Sampler, and Warren, Drummer. They play Hip-Hop/Rock music and are extremely good at it.

I have previously worked with them to produce their first music video for their single Tuned In, you can see that below or on their YouTube Channel.

Working with them this time was very different. They were scheduled to perform at The Ferret in Preston as part of the new Hip-Hop Thursdays music night. This was the first Hip-Hop night that The Ferret has held and, coincidentally, it was also Radio Rivals first ever live performance. I had previously offered to photograph them if they ever needed it and this was the perfect opportunity. Well in advance of the performance I contacted the band and offered to come down and take some pictures for them, once that was confirmed I also contact the venue (The Ferret) to get their permission to use flash photography, which was also confirmed.

Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

The night ran a little behind schedule with the acts only starting at around 9pm. Before Radio Rivals were 4 other acts, which I did photograph on behalf of the venue (if you would like to see those pictures you can do here on my Facebook page). All the acts varied massively throughout the night but we're all super talented and really impressed the small audience. Radio Rivals final got on stage at around 11:30pm and started as they meant to go on. With a bang!

Michael, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Michael, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

They performed for about 40minutes and played a super intense set of all original songs. Myself and the audience were impressed beyond belief at the set and left us wanting more! Throughout the 40minutes I scuttled around in front of the stage to get as many pictures as possible of all members. Nathan and Cooko were easiest to photograph as they had nothing in front of them blocking my view and were both very animated, which made for some great photos. Michael and Warren both had things hiding them from certain angles, but I did my best and still came away with some great pictures.

Cooko, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Cooko, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Cooko has to be the most animated and intense guitarist I have ever seen perform live. He swing and jumps and headbangs his way around the stage, playing guitar extremely well at the same time. Nathan tends to stand more still but speaks with his hands and his facial expressions are great to photograph. Warren is the most precise drummer I've ever come across and finds time between hits to express himself with his head and arms. Michael keeps his head down but has so many things in front of him that he is always on the move, nodding his head along to the pulse of the song getting very in the zone.

Warren, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Warren, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Like I mentioned before Radio Rivals 40minute set was intense from start to finish and so impressive for their first live performance that they had the whole room cheering for more, they completely smashed it for their first live performance! Considering this was my first time photographing a proper gig, and using off camera flash, I am so happy with the pictures I came away with and I'm so proud of the band for doing so well and winning everyone over.

Cooko & Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Cooko & Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

It would be awesome if you could give Radio Rivals a follow on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as they deserve all the support they get, and if they ever play a show near you I whole heartedly recommend you go because they are just amazing to watch and they songs are killer! 

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Rob