Waterparks, Kitten, & DE’WAYNE at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI on December 3rd, 2019
Photography & words by Rebekah Witt
Waterparks brought DE’WAYNE and Kitten along for their late 2019 tour in support of their third studio album FANDOM. Each musician put on an electrifying show and created great memories for each fan in attendance for years to come. And yet, I couldn’t convince myself to edit them until now, a whole year and a half (and Waterparks album cycle) later.
Burnout is a very real thing that people, especially creatives, experience at one point or another in their careers. And unfortunately, I had a bad case of it that had been developing for months before this. I was getting severely stressed out and overworking myself when it came to photography. Then just 4 months after this, the COVID-19 pandemic took over the world and shut down the entire live music industry. A lot can be said about the negative effects this had (and continues to have) on everyone working in the music industry, but it was also one way we were all forced into taking a break, and reflect on how important live music is to all of us.
The reality for many live music photographers is that there’s almost no money to be made from shooting live shows. I, along with everyone on our team at Veracious, purely do this work as a passion project and a love for the craft. And a lot of the time, we overwork ourselves and struggle to find the point to continue on. But now, after living without concerts for 1 year, 3 months, and counting, it’s clear how much we all need it as an outlet for our creativity. I’m thankful to have had these photos to reignite my love for live music photography, and I’m looking forward to the next time I’m able to capture the devotion and energy of a concert. It’s a feeling like no other.