I had the distinct pleasure of covering the sixth annual Shred For Your Life competition at Webster Hall this weekend. Contestants were critiqued by Andrew W.K., Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio and Les Savy Fav‘s Seth Jabour. The field varied wildly from adolescent to old(er), from death metal to jazz and from ordinary to downright strange. After a series of brutal face-offs that included 20 second speed rounds and blindfolds, Lily Masse, the event’s only female competitor, was declared winner over last year’s runner-up Dylan Brenner.
Concert Photographer’s Notes
I photographed this latest installment of Shred for Your Life with my pair of Nikon D3 bodies and the standard and telephoto zooms. While many of the other photographers in attendance resorted to flash, I found that the house lights provided ample stopping power given that shred guitarists tend to sacrifice mobility in favor of concentration.