Dallas is awash with music festivals, but Spillover Music Fest is one of the best around. Put together by local talent buyer Parade of Flesh, the fest gets its namesake from the overflow of bands leaving Austin the Sunday after South By Southwest heading through Dallas on their way home. Now in its eighth year, 2015's edition expanded to its biggest offering so far taking place between three venues and four stages on the 2700 block of Elm St. in Deep Ellum. Spillover's best reputation is that it's a great place to see 30+ plus smaller, up-and-coming bands that will usually blossom into much bigger acts in the following years e.g., Deafheaven, Dum Dum Girls, Trash Talk, Small Black, The Men, Parquet Courts and Ty Segall.
I shot the festival for D Magazine's entertainment blog Front/Row. Just like I try to do with everything I shoot I wanted to take a wide variety of shots. Not just a variety of shots of each band with say a wide angle, then a portrait lens but get a variety of photos that show off the environment of the festival. I ended up failing at that. I walked away with some great shots of the bands and some posed shots of some attendees, but I would've been so much happier if I could've captured candid shots of the crowds and some portraits of the bands. Capturing portraits of bands while they're in town is something I'd love to do more of, but it's a tough thing more to ask for some reason. This festival would've been a great opportunity because there wasn't a "backstage." All the bands just mingle about with the crowds, which also adds to Spillover's charm.