Derek S. Abrams

Hazy Eye Music Media is proud to post another interview in a series of interviews I’m currently conducting with some of my favorite artists. I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone and have begun picking the brains of some phenomenal musicians. This time I, Andy Jillson, was fortunate enough to interview Derek S. Abrams.

Abrams is an extremely proficient metal drummer. He has been playing since the age of seven, and professionally since the age of fifteen. In high school, he focused on jazz history, theory and composition. After high school, he embarked on an extensive study of world percussion and ethnic drumming. He is most known for being a touring drummer for the pioneering industrial-metal band, Ministry. Continue reading below for my full interview with Derek S. Abrams.

Blake Harrison 2019 (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Hazy Eye Music Media is proud to post another interview in a series of interviews I’m currently conducting with some of my favorite artists. I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone and have begun picking the brains of some phenomenal musicians. This time I, Andy Jillson, was fortunate enough to interview Blake Harrison.

 Harrison is a musical artist most known for his work with American grindcore masters, Pig Destroyer. He has established himself as unique sampler and noise-maker within Pig Destroyer, but also adds creepy sonic chaos to all the bands he lends his talents to. Continue reading below for my full interview with Blake Harrison.

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Cult of Luna @ Soundstage (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Cult of Luna headlined a show at Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland on February 29, 2020 — and I, Andy Jillson, was there to capture some of action. This was an interesting lineup and a welcomed mixture of unique artists. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Cult of Luna, Emma Ruth Rundle, and Intronaut.

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Intronaut @ Soundstage (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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Queensryche @ Soundstage (Photo by Shane Gardner)

Queensryche performed at Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland on February 20, 2020 and Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Shane Gardner was there to capture some of the classic metal action. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Queensryche — and Shane is our guide.

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All photos by Shane Gardner // All words by Andy Jillson
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Queensryche @ Soundstage (Photo by Shane Gardner)

John 5 performed at Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland on February 20, 2020 and Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Shane Gardner was there to capture some of the electric guitar magic. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with John 5 — and Shane is our guide.

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All photos by Shane Gardner // All words by Andy Jillson
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Machine Head @ The Fillmore (Photo by Abdullah Konte)

Machine Head performed at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland on January 31, 2020 — and Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Abdullah Konte was there to capture some of the punishing metal madness. Abdullah had no idea what he was in for. The band played two full sets of extremely loud heavy metal. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Machine Head — and Abdullah is our guide.

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All photos by Abdullah Konte // All words by Andy Jillson
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Machine Head @ The Fillmore (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Machine Head stopped at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland on January 31, 2020 — and I, Andy Jillson, was there to capture some of the metal madness. The band played two full sets of their most classic and loved material. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Machine Head.

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All photos and words by Andy Jillson
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Daughters performing @ the 9:30 Club (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Daughters stopped at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on December 18, 2019 and I was there rocking out with the band for my third time in the last two years. The venue wasn’t sold out, but it was packed tightly. The photo pit was full, the crowd was frantic, and Daughters fucking killed it.

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All photos and words by Andy Jillson
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As I Lay Dying performing @ The Fillmore (Photo by Abdullah Konte)

As I Lay Dying performed at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 29, 2019 and Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Abdullah Konte was there to capture some of the metal glory. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with As I Lay Dying — and Abdullah is our guide.

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All photos by Abdullah Konte/All words by Andy Jillson
Matt Pike of High On Fire performing @ Baltimore Soundstage (Photo by Andy Jillson)

High On Fire performed at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland on November 17, 2019 — and I, Andy Jillson, was there rocking out with my fellow photographers and dedicated metalheads. Soundstage was packed, people were drunk and high, and the music was fucking amazing. I did my best to capture these musical madman in action despite the obstacles.

All photos and words by Andy Jillson