Another Inside Moves night took place this past Friday, with Canadian/Berlin based Jayda G on the top of the bill. She got some hype surrounding her Boiler Room set at Dekmantel music festival, where she played 70's disco/house whilst dancing like she was in the crowd and flicking her huge hair around. It was a sight to behold. Her energy was infectious on the night, with anyone in the room finding it impossible not to dance including myself.
The Inside Moves DJ's traditionally warmed up for the main act, with Conor Harding and Phillip Mellon. It;s easy enought to get the Bunatee Bar going due to the small venue filling up with 50 - 70 people. But the small crowd is always the most enthusiastic with 'taps aff' taking hold in a sea of yeo's and ceiling punching.
Due to the tight space of the venue, it limits the angle you can shoot. With such low ceilings there is no vantage point for looking down at the DJ's/crowd. But this also worked in my favour, as the ceiling had been punched through so many times, they've used metal sheeting to cover the holes, which in turn create a nice reflection for the wireless flashes I use. It gives a unique look to your average rave photos, with the cramped space adding to the rowdy atmosphere. It's not for the claustrophobic though!
As previously mentioned, I used wireless flashes on the night. It's my go-to setup for DJ nights, with it giving me a range of options in terms of lighting. I decided that I would bring my coloured gels to mix it up, as the wireless flashes are great, but I do use it a lot.
The addition of colour was a big help. With the Bunatee there aren't many static lights illuminating the DJ/crowd. So you have to provide your own.
Jayda G came in and got straight into it, with funky disco inspired tracks coming thick and fast. She was very lively in terms of movement, but thankfully she only had about 4 ft/sq to move, so I could follow the movements easily enough!
Her facial expressions were great because she was singing along to every other track, kind of how I imagine someone would DJ in their bedroom with no one looking.
I was worried about the crowd getting too lively due to the close proximity of DJ and crowd as the records occasionally skipped. But Jayda took it in good spirits, playing on regardless with the front row of the crowd realising what they had done and holding back from banging on the DJ table.
Usually, I've shot all my images half way through the last DJ's set. But I stayed until the end because it was so enjoyable watching her perform, with the crowd reacting so well to every track. I got a few videos of Jayda as her movement and energy couldn't be done justice by still images alone.
Sorry Jayda, but I couldn't stop myself from uploading this last one ¯\_(ツ)_/¯