I am starting to feel really weird about sharing some of these memories, because I am posting them in random order, and on some level I feel like I'm bragging. I know I'm not, not in the slightest, but just talking about them kind of feels that way. None the less, some people have expressed interest in hearing more stories, so I am going to keep going forward with this project.
Today, I think I'm going to talk about one of the only 'meet and greets' I've ever attended. In November 11, Mayday Parade came to Fort Lauderdale, FL. About a month before that, I found their press contact and decided to take my first shot at properly asking for an interview. Previously, I had only interviewed two other people, and I asked through Facebook and YouTube, so I had never tried to go through a press person before. I decided to ask though, and they said yes!
Only thing was, I thought the lady had ment for it to be in person, and it turned out that she actually meant that it would be over email. A couple weeks before the show, she emailed me asking if I could send over my questions. I didn't think too much of it, and did send the questions, but I did ask why, since we would be talking about them soon enough in person anyways. She answered back saying she was very sorry, but the interview couldn't be done in person.
I understood, but because of the mix up, she gave me two meet and greet passes and my first photo pass ever. Now at the time, I had absolutely no idea what a 'photo pass' was, and in fact, had given very little thought to photography. I didn't want to admit I had no idea what that was, so I just waited until the day of the show to find out.
A friend of mine went to the show, and almost missed the meet and greet. We had been told to wait by one door, when we apparently should have been at the other. Someone, who that night became a friend, told us to go to the other one because the venue is often a bit backwards. So, we went in there and ironically, the only member of Mayday Parade we did not meet was Jeremy, the one we interviewed. They all were super nice, and frankly, all meet and greets should be like that. They were just in the pit of the venue, and fans could walk up and talk with whoever they wanted.
I've only done one other meet and greet, and a couple signings, but none have been that laid back. Everyone always gets in line, and only gets a picture and two seconds with the band. This one, everyone got plenty of time with any member they wanted, and because it was in the pit of the venue, everyone got to pick a spot on or near the barricade with ease. So that was pretty cool! I can't remember what I talked about with any of them, but we spent the most time just chatting with Jake, though we did get pictures with all we could.
Then there came the actual show. My press pass only said Mayday Parade, and given that I actually had very little idea what a photo pass was at this point, I didn't realize that would get me in front of the barricade for all of the performances. I thought it only counted for Mayday Parade, until I saw a girl come out from the pit wearing one during There For Tomorrow. I ran over to her, and asked her if she had just come from in front of the barricade. She said yes and then noticed I had a pass too and asked why I wasn't up there.
I probably looked like an idiot because I said I didn't know I could, but hey, it was the first time I ever covered a show, so it was just a learning experience. I think I only got pictures of We Are The In Crowd and Mayday Parade that night, though I tried for You Me At Six, but was sadly too late. You can only be in front of the barricade for the first three songs, and I think I got up there on the second one, so they didn't let me do it.
That night started something great though. I never realized how different it was in front of the barricade, and over the years, I've gotten much better at the photography stuff and have come a long way. That show was covered with this little, hot pink camera my family had bought years before that at Walmart, and now have a decent Nikon camera and have just learned some tricks here and there. A lot has changed since then, but had that night not happened, maybe nothing ever would have.
I'll be back tomorrow with another story. See ya!
#4 / Yesterdays
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