As the sun slowly eased for the day on the 21st November, it basked Albert Park in a beautifully golden light. Outside the Studio 51, I had to resist the urge to stop on the pavement and soak it all in (ok, I did a little bit). Inside, was a small performance cube of a space, confining bustling chaos of people setting up for Empire State Elevator’s performance for the evening. Members of the band were tinkering away at things, getting their instruments ready, musing on which coloured clothing they should wear, and sound-recordist Mischa Herman going up and down a squeaky ladder getting the mic positions perfect.
I was there for a quick portrait session, and event video of the performance. I managed to round up this friendly group of musos, with Carl Pannuzzo at the helm, and took some lovely group photos before the golden light subsided for the night.
Then later in the evening, whilst trying to take up as little space as possible, I witnessed a charming evening of catchy folk-inspired tunes, with each musician having their own moment of improv to strut their lyrical stuff.