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Skoota Warner is one of those drummers that you’ve seen play with artists spanning all genre’s – Ra, The B-52’s, Hot Tuna, Cyndi Lauper, Santana, Matisyahu, and other artists of all types of musical styles. He also happens to be a friendly guy! What were the odds?!

Right now, Skoota is tearing it up as the beat on tour behind Patrick Stump’s awesome new pop/R&B new solo project. (See my shoot with Patrick Stump here)

I spent some time with Skoota one recent afternoon in Tampa before a performance at the Orpheum, grabbing some fresh photos for Promark & Evans. We were blessed with the presence of the spectacularly talented Zekeshem Parsons of Blue Lane Studios, who was able to give a hand! Here are some shots from that day!

Skoota Warner by Will Hawkins
Skoota Warner by Will Hawkins

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One recent Friday in Boston, I had the pleasure of working with drummer/writer/producer Keith Harris again.

Keith is best known for playing drums for Black Eyed Peas, as well as writing & producing some of their songs. Keith has also worked with Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Scherzinger, Mary J Blige, and other huge stars.

The Black Eyed Peas were headlining the TD Garden in Boston on their “The E.N.D.” tour. Ludacris opened up.

With rock star photographer Nique Prokop (http://www.THErockstarphotographer.com) in tow, we met up with Keith’s drum tech Keith Schubert several hours before the show. Keith S. gave us a tour of the backstage area and brought us up to the *3rd story* of the BEP stage, where the band members perform.

We checked out the space, I picked lenses, and Keith S. got the lighting engineer on radio to dial in lights for the shoot. Moments later, Keith Harris joined us.

For the next 10 minutes, we had a badass photoshoot with Keith… check out the photos below!

Big thanks to Keith H and Keith S for being awesome to work with! Big thanks to Nique for being my voice-activated light stand 😉

Keith Harris of Black Eyed Peas by Will Hawkins
Keith Harris of Black Eyed Peas by Will Hawkins

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This has been an incredible year for concerts already! Buddy Guy, BB King, Shinedown, Killswitch Engage (3 times!), Galactic, and Muse!

Muse is a band that I have loved for a while. They are a band that only releases strong albums – masterpieces from creative geniuses!

Muse is comprised of 3 members – Matthew Bellamy on Vocals & Guitar, Christopher Wolstenholme on Bass, and Dominic Howard on Drums.

Each member contributes to the songwriting process. Each member brings huge sound to the album, and the live show.

The show was absolutely amazing. Incredible stage, stunning light show, spectacular performance of songs, great set list, and a variety of musical compositions played in addition to their songs.

Promark Drumsticks arranged for a 1 on 1 shoot with Dom Howard.
We got to the venue a few hours before the show. met with Muse’ security, and were immediately escorted to Dom Anderson, Muse’ long time tour manager.
Muse has a huge production and a massive crew – every member of which was *incredibly* polite and helpful. Muse’ crew is comprised of some of the most professional and kind crew members I’ve ever met.

Soon after meeting with Dom A., we were linked up with Dom Howard. Muse’s stage was already configured for the show, kabooki in place – so we needed to find another place to shoot.
Dom had a separate room with a full drumkit set up. A perfect, private little white room w/white ceilings.

I took a couple of minutes to set up 2 Canon 580EX speedlites on pocket wizards, pointing at the ceiling corners, and the shoot began!

Check out the photos and video below!
(Note: Many more photo to come! This is just a teaser for now!! )

Dom Howard of Muse by Will Hawkins
Dom Howard of Muse by Will Hawkins

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Dave Matthews Band by Will Hawkins
Dave Matthews by Will Hawkins

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Korn. This is a band I’ve watched evolve from the time I was in high school. One thing has never changed – they are always maximum intensity, maximum emotion, huge sound.
With the addition of Ray Luzier on drums, the onstage chemistry and power is even greater than before!

Here are some photos from when Korn hit Orlando earlier this year:
Korn by Will Hawkins
Korn by Will Hawkins

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There are a handful of bands where I feel that every time I see them….is the best time. Muse, Shinedown, Buddy Guy, Black Stone Cherry…. and Papa Roach.

Papa Roach has explosive onstage chemistry and powerful riffs.
Here are some photos from a recent show in Orlando, FL:

Papa Roach by Will Hawkins
Papa Roach by Will Hawkins

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The Rev and I had an opportunity to work together on a Promark Drumsticks shoot soon before his untimely passing. We did a brief shoot at his kit before the show as well as a shoot during the performance.

Here are a couple of photos from that night.

The Rev by Will Hawkins
Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold by Will Hawkins

The Rev by Will Hawkins
Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold by Will Hawkins