Music bands Promotion photography

Towards the end of 2016 Hacker was contacted by none other than music management legend – Gabby Chelmicka. She’s managed Robbie Williams and been on the road with Bryan Ferry, before a successful career in live music TV were she was an integral part of the 1996 Brit Awards team – the one where Jarvis Cocker hijacked the stage during Michael Jackson’s performance.

Now, she’s launching the career of Goan Dogs – a Bristol based five piece band who are becoming a regular feature on BBC 6 music’s playlist and have already featured on Sunday Brunch.

Gabby asked Hacker – who’s Bristol’s leading music bands photographer, to produce twelve images for the band to use in upcoming album and single releases as well as press and promotion.

“I researched plenty of ideas for styles, locations and lighting so Goan Dogs would have a wide range of images to use.” Hacker explains.

“The band wanted to get bookings for festivals in 2017 so needed the photographs to also be attractive to that market. It was a challenge to make the photographs look bright and sharp as we were shooting outside in November but, we managed it.”

The 8 hour shoot was split across two days. Hacker continues: “Originally we chose to stagger the shoot so we would be able to review the photographs taken from the first day and work out what we needed to achieve in the second. But it was so cold that there was no way the lads would have been able to shoot any longer than they did – neither would have I or my assistant!”

Hacker chose locations in Bristol with simple backdrops so the five band members stood out. He also threw in the use of studio lights to make the images ‘pop’.

“We had a real laugh getting the lads to pose and do movements. I knew shooting five best mates was always going to be hilarious but when they started punching each other in the dick to keep warm the shoot suddenly reached a whole new level.” says Hacker.

“At one point I asked the band to try and run up a chipboard hoarding. They’re clearly dedicated to the cause because they put so much energy into it trails of blood were left on the chipboard.”