The Do-It-Yourself mentality encourages the creation of your own goods and experiences instead of buying the products of commercial labor. This idea, which sprang up around the 70’s punk movement, was applied to live music when people began throwing their own concerts in houses, collectives, and practice spaces, in opposition to corporate sponsorship. Seattle‘s vibrant DIY spaces foster a level of respect and intimacy between crowd and performer that is directly a result of their community based growth and development. Artists of any skill level are given equal airtime and the audience is invited to express itself as well. By becoming the agents of their own life experiences, the housemates and/or collective members of each venue create a truly unique and welcoming space.
Growing up in my family, music was a daily ritual. We’d often sit in our living room, my father playing artists like Jimi Hendrix, Buena Vista Social Club, The Talking Heads, and Otis Redding while we talked. He passed away when I was 12, and concerts became a way for my mom, brother, and I to support one another through our grief. In high school, shooting live music quickly became my dream career. I have been shooting mainstream concerts for The Seattle Weekly for two years, but for this project I decided to explore the intimacy of the DIY music scene. This community provides our generation with a way to connect closely with one another in a shared creative space, while participating in an often-inspiring and always original music scene.