One big summer camp. It’s hot, it’s stressful, and a whole lot of fun. Anything worthwhile is hard. Warped Tour has definitely given me many memories I will cherish and will share with my friends, my family, and even if my kids if I ever have any. I’d definitely that weird old man that just won’t shut their mouth about “I remember when” blah blah blah.
I do want to make one thing very clear. Despite all the “summer camp” memories of this tour, I will say it was probably one of the more stressful tours I’ve done. Sometimes things happen that you have no control over, especially with being on the road. Family members get sick. You lost touch of friends. Miss birthdays. Miss holidays. And so on. You would never know if you had service that day either. But what do you do though? Do you let these things affect your job? Your day-to-day? Are you allowed to? These are questions many of us ask ourselves when we’re on tour. Usually it’s a no to all those questions. In exchange, I believe we suffer through that and get rewarded with good times and memories you make with the new people we’re around, especially on this tour. I met so many people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Made a lot of connections and some friends that I hope to stay in touch with.
I can give you a layout of pretty much how my daily schedule was laid out. I usually wake up at around NINE to TEN AM. By then, everyone would receive set times from our tour manager and the band is given a recommended time to do the meet and greet for the day. Preferably before the set. I’d look at the setlist and try to look for at least one other band to shoot that day. Just because I like to shoot. Sometimes I freelanced. I mainly shot for myself and the band though. Then I’d shoot behind-the-scene stuff and the meet and greet. I would shoot their set and if I had time, I might shoot a band afterward. Usually, I’d go straight back to the bus and edit. It takes me about an hour to edit photos for the band. I would edit videos in increments. You can see some of my favorites from Falling in Reverse’s sets below.
At the end of the night, there would sometimes be a BBQ so that all the crew and bands can hangout and party it up after a long day. That’s how everyone got to meet. That’s how I did anyways. I’ll be transparent, I blacked out and that’s how I met everybody. I don’t recall what happened but I’ve been told the stories of what I did that night and I gotta say, not too bad. I honestly thought I would’ve fucked it all up. You can see some film photos I got from the hangs.
Aside from Falling in Reverse, I did get to shoot and see a lot of other bands too. I have so many favorite moments that I got to witness and participate in. Probably top moment was when I did guest vocals on TRUE FEAR during KUBLAI KHAN’s set. Shoutout to my homies Errick and Fam for capturing the moment and to the band for letting me do that. It was badass.
With being on Warped Tour, everyone, crew and bands, are all on the same page. We all love music in some form or another and when we hear a band slaps, we all go see it. I had heard of DON BROCO before this tour but never got a chance to get into a deep dive. They were one of the most hyped up bands on this tour and they don’t disappoint. They closed the OWLY stage one night and since everyone was done and packed, half their crowd was band and crew members. Probably one of the best things I’ve seen and that was my first time watching DON BROCO. Their stage presence and their music fucking slaps. That’s all I gotta say.
There were a lot of moments that I didn’t really capture either. Watching SIMPLE PLAN come out to play DON’T TRUST ME during 3OH!3’S set was amazing. Also got to see 3OH!3 and Travis from WE THE KINGS come out during I’M JUST A KID. 12 year old me was thriving.
Other bands that definitely deserve everyone’s attention is CHASE ATLANTIC, YUNGBLUD, BROADSIDE, TRASH BOAT, AS IT IS, and RILEY. CHASE ATLANTIC & YUNGBLUD brings the energy of both a band and the presence of a rap show. Banging melodies and sexy sax man. I’m telling you. BROADSIDE is the band that definitely has fun on stage but still gives you a stellar performance. TRASH BOAT is good pop punk music with super high energy and will definitely keep you paying attention. RILEY brought the R&B vibes and has bangers in his catalog. AS IT IS is pretty much MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE so that’s just something you have to witness. These are some of my favorite photos from all their sets. (click to see full image)
There were a few bands that only jumped on for a few days that I had to shoot as well. UNDEROATH, BEARTOOTH, KNOCKED LOOSE, and TURNSTILE were the bands that I got to shoot and they don’t fucking disappoint. I don’t need to say much about these bands cause you already fucking know who they are. And if you don’t, change that now. They’re so much fun (click to see full image).
Now I have to give a shoutout to the amazing photographers that I got to hangout and share moments with. They’re both great as people and as creators (click image for their @name)
Below is a special little treat. I brought my film camera and shot maybe nine rolls. So many memories. I only cried for about five minutes when I put together the photos. I hope to see everyone again soon.