Andy Jillson – Editor/Writer/Chief Photographer
My name is Andy Jillson. I’m a freelance photographer, writer, music blogger, and the editor and chief photographer of Hazy Eye Music Media. I started this music blog in September 2019 after about 5 years of practice photographing rock bands in my free time (and about 9 months of practice contributing to other active music blogs).
Hazy Eye Music Media is a small group of dedicated photographers, writers, and bloggers who primarily cover shows around DC, MD, VA, and PA. We take what we do seriously, but we have fun and enjoy the live music while reviewing concerts and hanging out with other music lovers.
I started a music media outlet of my own to showcase my love and passion for live music and concert photography. I created and launched Hazy Eye Music Media so myself and other talented concert photographers and music fanatics have a music blog to showcase our hard work. It’s just that simple.
I have personally attended nearly one thousand concerts throughout my life and have spent a ridiculous amount of time poring over rock music. My rock ‘n’ roll obsession began as child in the mid 80’s, and over the years some of my obsessive rock fantasies have become realities.
The first few bands I ever photographed were Built to Spill, Guided by Voices, Sebadoh, Dead Kennedys, The Flaming Lips, and Tame Impala. Since then I’ve been hooked on the photo pit. My hope is to continue in my progression and help others achieve some of their rock fantasies as well.
Jordan August – Contributor (Photographer/Writer)
My name is Jordan August. I’m a photographer and occasional writer for Hazy Eye Music Media. I started as a freelance photographer in Philadelphia, PA and currently reside in Pennsylvania, but Baltimore, MD is where I really where I got my start freelancing. I have years of experience shooting a variety of subjects and have never limited myself to one type or genre of photography. In the beginning, concert photography was just a way for me to combine two of my passions, taking photos and music. It was the perfect balance of work and play. That being said, I eventually realized I could make a career out of it.
I exposed myself to the mainstream art scene in Baltimore and catapulted my brand into the forefront. I designed a unique logo to make my work recognizable. A year later that logo (a simple tree with my name, “Jordan August”) became the most sought after trademark of every local band. It took me some time to find my niche and create a name for myself in the industry, but it’s paid off. Concert photography has paved my path to success and become my area of expertise.
Now I’ve been given the opportunity and have the ability to expand my portfolio and creative outlets in ways I never thought possible. I’m able to travel all over the country for my clientele. It’s been almost a decade, 500+ concerts, 250+ bands, and countless hours of editing photos, but all my hard work has finally paid off. Jordan August Photography is officially a house hold name in fine art performance photography. Check out my official website, Jordan August Photography, for examples of my work and info on how to obtain my services.
Abdullah Konte – Contributor (Photographer)
My name is Abdullah Konte. I’m currently a house photographer for The Fillmore and I cover shows for Live Nation as well. I’m a professional photographer and have a passion for capturing unique moments of all types. My event photography capabilities include concerts, sports games, corporate programs, weddings, and much more.
I love concert photography, but also enjoy fashion, architecture, real estate, nature, and street photography. As someone who worked as an accountant for eight years, I bring a certain brand of professionalism and seriousness to my photographic work. My home base is the DC Metropolitan Area, although I travel for both work and personal adventures — capturing various sights as I pass by.
Brad Price – Contributor (Photographer)
My name is Brad Price. I’m a freelance photographer residing in Maryland. What started as shooting my friends’ bands playing house shows in high school wound up becoming my strongest passion. I’ve been bringing my camera to shows since late 2017, and it’s added a whole new dimension to my concert experiences.
The first time I ever managed to get a camera into a show was J. Roddy Walston & the Business at Ottobar in Baltimore August 2017. October 2017 was the first time I actually had a photo pass to shoot a show, and that was for METZ at the Rock & Roll Hotel in DC. I remember I texted my buddy saying, “This is what I want to do forever,” during the between-band smoke break. Now I’m trying continually working on obtaining photo passes and posting my work on a music blog. Check out my official website Planet B Photography.
Joseph Strand – Contributor (Writer)
Joseph Strand is a Chicago native currently based in New York City. He is a Director of Photography and a professional Video Editor, with a focus on music video production, documentaries, and humanitarian communications. An avid music lover and musician, Joe has a strong bias towards rock music; particularly alternative, grunge, industrial, electronic, and anything with a strong social or cosmic consciousness.
He is a self taught guitarist and experimental sound designer, inspired by individuals who empower others and challenge the status quo. Strand is in the process of forming a new band around his ambitious bass driven synth rock music, alongside his freelance photography that focuses on creative portraiture and the avant garde. “Josepher” as he is sometimes called, writes exclusively for Hazy Eye Music Media.
JayQuan – Contributor (Writer)
JayQuan is a music historian with an emphasis on Hip-Hop. He has directly experienced the music and culture since its late 70’s explosion, and has written about it online for the last 2 decades. Check out his official website, JayQuan Presents The Foundation, for examples his work and info on how to obtain his services or just pick his brain.
In addition to operating his own website and YouTube channel called “The Foundation”, he is the official historian and minister of information at the D.C. Hip-Hop museum and a member of the curatorial committee at the Universal Hip-Hop museum in the Bronx New York. Jay writes for several publications including Universal Music’s Udiscover website and also speaks at colleges and universities.
Shane Gardner – Contributor (Photographer)
My name is Shane K. Gardner. I’m a Baltimore-based music photographer; freelancing for I.M.P, Live Nation, Decibel Magazine, and others. My primary focus is Rock ‘n’ Roll imagery. Maybe I’ll see you at a show or maybe you’d like to hire me for your photography needs. Check out my official website, ROCK N ROLL SOCIALITE, for examples of my work and info on how to obtain my services.
Marley Hein – Contributor (Photographer)
My name is Marley Hein. I’m a freelance photographer and music blogger. I currently live in Montgomery County, Maryland. I cover shows around DC, MD, and VA. I’m 26 yrs old and I’ve been a freelance photographer for 3 years. I was born and raised in the DMV and love being closely connected with the surrounding music scene. I also love my Shih Tzu, Jojo.
Rick Jones – Contributor (Writer)
Rick Jones is an English professor at a community college in a Chicago suburb. He bought his first 45, “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha” by Napoleon XIV and first album, “Li’l Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs in 1966, and became hooked on music. Today, he has between 15,000 to 20,000 45s, 78s, LPs, and CDs in his personal collection. Rick is also an avid concert-goer, having attended close to 800 concerts and seeing close to, if not more than, 2500 performers since 1969. He says he must listen to music every day. This man is a wealth of musical knowledge.
Alex Seeley – Contributor (Photographer)
My name is Alex Seeley. Product photography is my occupation, and while that pays the bills my favorite thing to shoot is music. I enjoy photographing all types of music, but my favorite thing to cover is heavy metal. I have been a metal head from childhood and I have grown to love most other genres. I also keep busy shooting weddings, portraits, and events. Check out my official website, Alex Seeley Photography, for examples of my work and info on how to obtain my services.